• Louise Collier

Rework that old work!

I don't know about you, but I have a stack of old paintings that I'm not happy with; tucked away, not quite sure what to do with them. One in particular is a big painting (122 x 91cm) a scene inspired when walking down in the forest near Donnelly River. I didn't mind my composition so much it was just some of the tonal values were bugging me - worth trying to fix though as it's painted on quality linen with Langridge oil paints. I hung this piece on my lounge wall for a few weeks so I was forced to look at it everyday and aside from annoying me, it got me thinking about how I could improve it. I knew some of the tonal values were out - a good way to check this is to look at a photo of your painting in monochrome and see if you have it right. Then compare it to your reference material - when I did this, I knew I had some work to do. I've made a few corrections and reckon it's looking better although there's still a few things I might do some more work on (hard to know when to stop). What do you think, does it look any better? (the After painting is the one on the left, Before painting in the middle and photo reference material on the right)




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