Painting Over a Painting

As some of you know, after living with a painting for a while, I may think it needs a little touch up or perhaps I see what I would call an error that just doesn’t work. I can always remove an element from a painting, paint over a section or change the look. That is the beauty of painting with acrylic.

This week I took a painting on birch panel that had been bothering me for some time. I felt that it was not very  imaginative. I didn’t need to spend much time with it before I decided it had to go and I wanted to keep the expensive panel.

As I mentioned in my last post, sometimes when I look at a painting that I did months ago, I know my style has changed and I find the old work lacking in some way.

First let me show you my new painting. I am very pleased with the way it turned out. And I don’t think that I will be touching it in the future.

Ann Hart Marquis-painting over a painting

Ridge Oaks, acrylic on birch panel, 20 x 20 x 1.5 inches.

I took the old painting, turned it sideways because I liked some of the colors on the side of the painting, drew a horizon line, painted the sky and just started painting over the bottom half.

I layered the bottom half with mixtures of blue, turquoise and green and dabbed on some contrasting color here and there. It was all rather done by intuition.

It was fun and rather exciting to do because I had an exact image in my mind of what I wanted the finished painting to look like. And it was easy, although in some spots I had to do several new layers to cover a dark color.

Ann Hart Marquis-Chalk Hill Oak-painting a river

Chalk Hill Oak, acrylic on birch panel, 20 x 20 inches, 2015. ©Ann Hart marquis

Here is the original painting which I thought was rather mundane. I am happy that it is still part of my new painting. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

6 thoughts on “Painting Over a Painting

  1. Dotty

    Really fun to see the before and after hear, and I very much enjoyed your discussion of process. One question: did what was a side on the original painting become the top or bottom in the remake, or did the sides end up the sides again, and the top and bottom still the top and bottom? I took particular pleasure in your mixtures of blue, turquoise, and green—did you see my 1/15 and 1/17 (“Underscored Undertow”) blog posts?

    1. Ann Hart Marquis Post author

      Dotty I did see your posts with your lovely blues and greens. There must be something in the air needing our blues and greens. The bottom of the canvas became the left side.

      1. Dotty

        Fun to find out how you rotated your painting and to go back to look at both. Was is hard to give up the bottom of the painting? The “precious” part of me would have had trouble painting over the first three bands—they really resonated with me.

  2. Karen Conley

    The new painting is beautiful, I really like all the shades of blue you used.
    the old one was a beauty too, I think I just like your paintings period!❤️


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