I keep the watercolors I haven't framed for sale in page protectors in some big, thick binders (along with the practice work in my sketchbooks). Every now and then I look through them, partly for a little boost to see how I've improved, and sometimes, to see how I can improve upon the original work. The ones below date back to 2016.
Sometimes it improves -- and sometimes, I'm not so sure it does. So I do it again!
Not long ago, I pulled out my mixed media sketchbook with work in it that dates back to 2015. I was on a quest for the page based on this photograph, taken in Giverny as we walked from Monet's beautiful home toward the cemetery where he was buried. I loved this beautiful wall.
So, I painted it. And hated it. And did it again and again and again. Four times.
It was time to see if I could do it better, several years later. Frankly, I'm not it's any better! That gate remains the problem -- an absolute terror to paint! (I might have to do it again.)
Then there was this from my plein air painting day.
Now, light moves. The water did look as dark as above when I started. But by the time I photographed it when I left, it looked like this!
So, I did it over, using the photo more as a guide.
There they are, side by side -- and I find myself liking parts of one and parts of the other...
Will I do it again? Maybe. I'm not sure I like the subject enough to be spending the time on it.
I leave you with one more re-do. Remember this? I did it last summer when Rick was in the hospital for his kidney stone surgery. This was the view from his room. It's very flat.
So, this winter I added to the original. A little better.
But not right. So, here is it with a little of my new favorite bleedproof white for some sparkles, a little more definition of the peninsula in the back and enhanced clouds. What do you think? Should I finally stop fussing?
It's not the best of anything I've ever done anyway, so maybe I should just move on!