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Not So Smooth Sailing

An underpainting for something new and fantastic.....


It happens to every artist - for whatever reason, things just don't come off the brush quite the way they are planned. It happened to me today.

While sorting through panels of uncompleted paintings (I sadly have stacks of them), I decided to pick up and finish one.

It was a demo painting from last year, and I was excited about the tonality and textural qualities the composition provided. 

I worked for a couple hours before realizing there were serious drawing problems. In correcting them, I discovered the shape of the canvas didn't match the proportion of the dog.

Rather than continue to work on a piece I would never have been satisfied with, I rubbed it all out and painted overtop.

And this is what I ended up with. A delightful modge-podge of bright color, color that will make a wonderful underpainting. For an entirely new piece. That won't make me want to tear my hair out.

I'll file my original idea away and have at it later on, after I've had a chance to learn a few more tricks.

Hoping all in the line of this midwestern storm stay safe, and may your days be colorful despite Mother Nature's intentions,


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