Wednesday, May 11, 2016

In my previous post, showing the stages of this painting

 Linda B. asked me a very good question: 'Would you mind sharing the purpose of the "overpainting"? i have seen this in other paintings and it seems to cover beautiful work - i always hold my breath to see the next step!'

 I've asked myself the same question when I see artists covering up something wonderful. The only answer I've been given is that painting over something, sometimes many times, adds depth.

I think over-painting does adds depth, but these are my reasons for over-painting: I over-paint to cover a shape that doesn't fit in, to change a colour that clashes with the rest, to smooth out rough areas, to soften dark or harsh marks, and sometimes to cover bits that I don’t like. But I do preserve what I like.

 Thank you, Linda. I hope this answers your question.

Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown


  1. love love love this painting

  2. If this was my painting it would have to be a keeper Colette, I would want to look at it everyday. The colours and shapes are beautiful and My eye keep going to that centre circle
    Lynn xx

  3. Thank you! Yes, that does answer my question; and it certainly contributed to a beautiful finished painting.


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