Have you ever come to the point where you have completely overworked your painting and you wish you had an undo button? I bet you have!

It happens to everybody, but don’t worry, it is a process of learning. There are still options.

If you are painting on canvas you could take it off and stretch another one. It’s not a big deal, I can teach you how. My art classes are not just designed to teach you how to paint but are also designed to show you all aspects of the complete process from preparation to end product.

As a part of my Summer School I am planning to teach how to stretch canvases.

If your overworked painting has a piece that is good, that you like, then you can cut it out and frame that. Or maybe you can create a collage out of several gone wrong pieces. You can even create a 3D piece.

The most important thing is not to worry too much as you do have creative options to rescue your work. You may even produce a much more interesting art form than the original piece would have been.

If you have space in your studio just put the disaster pieces to one side and wait for inspiration. Look at them carefully and you may by chance see something which will give you an idea how to move forward. If you can see them and it’s annoying you very much, it may prompt you to do something to finish the pieces.

The most important thing is to recognise the point at which it is best to leave a painting and finish it later.

This is exactly what happened with my LEGEND OF MAUI. I started painting it at 2am and by 6am I was too tired to go forward. I was not able to finish it and I was going in circles so I decided to go to bed. It took no effort to finish it after a couple of days of careful observation and reflection. It became one of my best pieces painted this year and it was sold shortly after painting it. I have produced a limited edition of this work which I think will also get a good response.

Happy painting!


Legend of Maui, 2013, oil on canvas, 101 X 75 cm

Legend of Maui, 2013, oil on canvas, 101 X 75 cm

2 responses to “OVERWORKED PAINTING”

  1. Sean says:

    Its good to stop when things start to turn muddy. 😉

    Great info, i want to here more.

  2. Nemesh says:

    I was talking with Wendy Worley (www.wendyworley.com) today and she gave me the idea to organize a workshop where we can bring unfinished pieces and work on making something out of them.

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