Acrylic Painting Fix

Sometimes when I have finished a painting there is a little annoying doubt that says “are you sure this is finished? Are you sure it needs no revision?” I recently had such an experience with a painting that I completed in the spring of last year. In the process of organizing my studio I came across this painting. I really knew it had problems when I hung it on the wall. I just didn’t want to admit it.

It is called “Patches of Paradise,” and in reviewing the piece I decided that was an appropriate title because it seemed very patchy to me.  Also, the bottom half did not seem to be as integrated as the top half of the painting. And what were those trees doing in the foreground? It needed an entire acrylic painting fix.

Before applying paint to this canvas I had applied light molding paste which gives the surface a very textured terrain. My problem was that I let the terrain dictate the composition on the lower half of the painting. Not a good idea. I had also used colors that were too intense for almost all of the painting.

Original Patches of Paradise

Original Patches of Paradise, 2014

This week I decided to tackle the painting and see if I could remedy the problem. I covered the unattractive terrain with thick paint then applied a more toned down palette to the necessary areas. I also made subtle changes to some of the upper half of the painting. I removed the trees.

Ann Hart Marquis-Patches of Paradise-acrylic painting fix

Patches of Paradise, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 x 1.5 inches, 2014/2015. ©Ann Hart Marquis

I would like feedback on my changes or any comment about the painting itself. Am I finished this time? Does it now need a name change?

6 thoughts on “Acrylic Painting Fix

  1. Linda Faust

    I think the colors now are rich without being too intense. This, along with the removal of the trees allows the eyes to move about the painting instead of staying in the in the terrain. I love the changes made. It’s no longer “Patches of Paradise” but perhaps “Paradise”.

  2. burkester

    I find the same thing happens with my photography. Sometimes I will print something that “works” only to realize a bit later that “something” doesn’t look right. Most of the time it’s a pretty easy fix, and at other times I just discard the print. The point is just because you think it is done doesn’t necessarily mean it is finished. Spend some time with your work. Turn it upside down, sideways, etc.

    Thanks for pointing this out, Ann, and making me think!

      1. Linda

        Admitting there’s a problem in my painting is a challenge, identifying what the problem is poses a greater challenge for me.

        1. Ann Hart Marquis Post author

          Once I admit there is a problem and spend some time with it with an open mind, I can usually see what the problem is. Sometimes it is fixable, sometimes not. I am trying not to hold on to anything that I don’t love.


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