11/16/09

Evening Reflections, 6x6


"Evening Reflections" 6x6" Pastel on sanded paper

This little piece "was" once an unsuccessful painting. Well, at least in my eyes. With all the work I create, there are a number of failed pieces that accumulate in my studio. So with all the clearing out I've been doing lately as well as all the new work being produced, I have been rethinking what to do with the many failed pieces I have on hand. With this one, I just washed off the failed painting from the sanded paper and "reclaimed" it, or what some would call recycled. With reclaimed mounted pastel paper, there is usually a ghosting of an image from the prior piece still on the paper. This can create an interesting color play as it did on this one.

5 comments:

Donna T said...

Nice save, Brenda! I have a similar pile of paintings that I call my "What have you got to lose" pile. I experiment and occasionally save a few. For some odd reason I do better plein air work on top of an old image!

B Boylan said...

Thanks Donna,
Yeah, I think your "What have I got to lose" pile sounds better, like, it has more risk taking and experimentation implied than my "I'll do with that later pile." OOOOh!

Celeste Bergin said...

Isn't is odd that a piece that was meant for the scrap heap can become a success? Oddly enough, that has happened to me several times. I wonder if it helps when we take a "come what may" approach? Well, in any case--this is very appealing. Warm.

loriann said...

Beautiful recycling Brenda! Love the sky's vibration caused by colors in the same value different temperature and its refection in muted tones. exquisite!

shawndemarest said...

Hello Brenda! How are you? Nice to visit your blog - sometimes I paint over old paintings by covering them with a thin, oily wash of black, and then wiping away until I see an image I like. I like the way you're reusing your pastel paintings. Hope to see you soon.