You know what I mean? You’ve spent hours on your picture, then something disastrous goes wrong.
Artists need skills for Correcting Painting disasters.
Whatever the error might be, an essential ability for anyone who has ever raised a brush, or eyedropper in my case, is correcting painting disasters.
OK, maybe not disasters as such, but sometimes paintings don’t work as planned. And when they don’t you need to get creative.
Like with this painting of Millennium Bridge over the Thames.
Here’s the graphite image masked and ready for painting.
The picture was working well.
As you can see on this close up detail of the St Pauls section. They always look so grubby at this stage. That’s not the disaster, although it took me a while to realise that.
Even once painting started, things were going well.
As you can see in these colour close ups.
I decided to experiment with the sky
That’s where things went awry. The ink came out much darker than planned. I was hoping the salt and water would diffuse it and lighten the colour, but it didn’t. I wasn’t convinced it worked and after I’d removed the masking at the workshop,
I was even more sure I didn’t like it.
So I played a bit more.
I added white ink, one of the few times I ever use white. I also added salt and used a spray bottle full of water to start the inks blending. Correcting a painting disaster can be terrifying but, after I’d fiddled around, I ended up with this. I left it to dry.
After cleaning it up, I have this!
All I need to do now is decide what to call it. That and arrange for framing.
If you’d like to learn some more tips to liberate your painting skills,
Why not join me at my next workshop?