Friday, March 22, 2013

"Problem Child" Painting

I have been painting like crazy getting ready for Artwalk in San Diego at the end of April. I read an article recently about taking one of your "problem child" paintings. The ones that were finished but not quite right. I had just such a painting in my studio, staring at me. It was done on a cradled board that my hubby made, a surface too good to gather dust, so I pulled it out and evaluated it. Here it is....

I painted this in 2005 and it was time for drastic measures. I liked the eyes and the fish. The background had some great collage elements that were lost with too much paint. So I lightly sanded all of the painting except the eyes and fish. There was no bringing back the collage, so I decided to add some paper to cover the nose and mouth and some around the neck. I wish I had taken photos, but was in kind of a frenzy to see how I could fix it. I added texture through some stencils with "Wood Icing" - a trick from fellow mixed media artist Mary Beth Shaw, then dripped white acrylic ink and let it dry. The next day I reshaped the face and dripped some more ink and here is the result....
I really love the way this came out. My other "problem children" better watch out!


  1. We were just talking about you today at my house with Linda Moore. Love your remake. Makes me want to haul a couple of my previously done pieces and re work them. Thanks for sharing. Loved taking your classes when you taught at Stamping Details in Poway.

  2. Thanks so much! I need to plan a class for San Diego, it has been too long...and it was so much fun....

  3. What a transformation! Inspiring, I think I'll dig out some "problem children" of my own. Thanks!

  4. love what the changes did to this one~