Recycling old paintings….Lily turns into a Kent landscape.

I am re blogging this post because it’s a reminder of one way to recycle sketches/paintings.     

Anyone following my blog will know that I believe warming up before a day’s painting is key.    Like athletes and dancers, painters need to stretch.

Here is an example of recycling an old image by simply painting over the top of it.   I will be using designer gouache because of it’s opaque coverage. 

Kent landscape

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The old painting, of a lily will be used in the same way as I would use a colour ground.   

I turned the lily image upside down to use as my ground.

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I start by using Winsor & Newton Designer Gouache – permanent white to block out the background and to form a base for the sky.

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Slowly I add more colour to the mix, and although the old painting has been dry for a long time, I  still pick up some of the original colour  – which will add to the finished effect.

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After indicating the foreground…..(note that some of the colours in the sky are reflecting onto the land), I strengthen the contrasts around the painting.

It is always important to remember that everything in life is interconnected, and so when working on any element of a painting, it’s vital to keep the whole image within the mind’s eye. 

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Finally adding the detail of trees on the horizon line.

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Another way to recycle old paintings, is to cut them up.   Within each section I often find something new and interesting.

A Bientôt

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