How do you turn something that you think doesn’t look OK into something that you can use?
As an artist there are times that you just aren’t inspired. I sometimes have a spare canvas to muck around with in the meantime. Let that other painting dry. Don’t make it worse.
Document as you go
I always bang on about making sure you document your work as you go. There are times where you won’t be inspired. You will just want to throw the work away. You think it’s no good. You might even want to slap some gesso over it and start again. If you document as you go there is always some design element that will fly. Some great designs and abstractions come out of the ashes.
Salvaging your disasters
We live in an age of technology. You can make all kinds of changes to your work digitally. You might have Photoshop, you might not. It doesn’t matter. There is still a creative element that can be salvaged.
Take this one for example. Lost in the Forest. It’s nothing to write home about. I was mucking around.
Now cropped and enhanced I am already seeing with different eyes. The gold is more pronounced in the flowers. It almost looks like something you could put in a children’s book. Sure it still needs reworking but now I can see something worthwhile. What else can be salvaged?
1. I am now going to seriously crop out a section (image 1).
2 I will then put it into Photoshop for a basic crackle pattern (image 2).
I have also seen some Word programs that you can play around with images like this.