That was over 40 years ago and my pattern of painting hasn’t changed. If my paintings aren’t working out, I don’t restart the painting and try it again. Instead, I switch my subject matter often. A landscape, then a figure, then an animal or a still life, I keep rotating my interests. However, I do circle back around weeks, months or years later and once in a great while, I revisit a specific subject and look for a different approach.
This past month I did just that. A year ago I painted a little girl looking out a window at her own reflection. I liked it a lot and so did the Salon International Exhibition and several clients. Somerset Fine Art even has future plans to print it. The painting sold right away.
Waiting 12 x 12 Oil
A year has passed and I felt that I had one more thing to say about that subject. So, taking a second look, I used a slightly different color scheme, changed the format and the approach to the background. This time the same little girl is actually playing with her reflection in the window. I like this one too and so does this year’s Salon International Exhibition.
Reflections 14 x 18 Oil
Moral of the story, Mr. Jones was right. Revisiting the subject does inspire new insight, creative ideas, sometimes it even helps simplify and organize. My ideas have had a chance to morph into a new concept. Thanks Mr. Jones; you were right!