"FIVE OF A KIND," 10158, textured pear still life © Carol Nelson Fine Art


This was a lesson I had everyone try in my acrylics class.  I asked if they had any unsuccessful watercolors at home.  Amazingly, they all did! LOL They were not going to try again to work on the failed painting, but rather USE the underlying colors as an under painting for something new.

They had to turn their original painting upside down and add texture with acrylic modeling paste.  When that was dry, they were to paint transparently and opaquely OVER the underlying image.

Next they were to use "corners" to locate an appealing abstract composition, OR use a paper pattern of something like leaves, pears, cups, fish, etc and add these images to the painting.

We called the original failed paintings "dogs."  Some of the dogs were transformed into successful paintings.  Others, went from being one kind of dog to another.  Great fun.

This is my "dog" - there is a landscape painting underneath that was quite dreadful.  I like the way this one turned out.  For purchase information on this 9x12 painting, please click here to go to my website.


Kim Blair said...

Quite a good magic trick, turning a dog into 5 pears!
Boy are you good!

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Wow I'm the first to comment! This is quite lovely. There is something about pears that is so luscious in art. Your painting has wonderful rhythm and grace. Love it.

Nancy Standlee said...

What a great save! Boy do I have a lot to work from on a deal like this.

Sally Ann Baker said...

I love to see the result of experimentation like yours that takes advantage of all the wonderful products we have available to us. All it takes is a great idea.

Cheri Wollenberg said...

I love the way yours turned out too. The colors are so warm and vibrant. They have a real luminous quality to them. Very beautiful.

Dean Grey said...

I might have to give this a try, Carol!