Rachael Rossman's Studio Blog

I'm a mom. I'm an artist. I clean up a lot of messes.

Starting over December 28, 2009

Filed under: Art,In the studio,Painting on Yupo,Step-by-step,Watercolor — rachaelrossman @ 4:22 pm
I hate this painting. Hate.

It is a gift for my husband (the ‘bike’ portion of a triathlon series I’m working on) but it’s just not turning out how I’d planned.

This painting looked better in my mind.

So instead of getting all ticked off and pouty, as I tend to do, I’m going to view this as an opportunity. You see, with Yupo paper, you can actually wash it off and start over. And here are the pictures to prove it.

Run the paper right under the tap. Don't be scared.

Use a sponge to really scrub it.

Buh-bye, ugly painting.

See? Nothing left but the sketch marks and a little bit of masking.

It’s not so bad, really, to give yourself a second chance every now and then.

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4 Responses to “Starting over”

  1. Edward Says:

    I thought it turned out rather well. What didn’t you like about it?

    • rachaelrossman Says:

      Well, I liked the figure part of it, but wasn’t crazy about the background. I like the composition of the original photo, but it just wasn’t translating well in paint. I’m going to do a new version of this that is more focused on the bike and rider.

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