Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rescued From The Discard File

"Creative Visualization is used by successful people in all walks of life. It's a way of changing negative images to the positive."  ~Marisa D'Vari






©Harvest Time, Watercolour (In the style of stained glass)
   Laura Leeder - May 20, 2014

Inspiration can come from anywhere and this time I found it in my discard file or as I often like to call it: my trash pile. Last week, as  I was going through this file of problematic and unfinished paintings I came across this one and realized that with the new techniques I've been playing with, I might be able to save it.
(I normally use the backs of these for scrap paper)

It was one of my early attempts at painting grapes and working on 300lb paper.  I was experimenting with my then, new, textured, mineral paints. I was not liking the results of the paint or this unfamiliar paper.  In a moment of pure frustration I started charging in loads of thick, dark washes on my leaves and background.   Now, I really hated it!  (Although, I must admit, it did feel good to trash it!)  When it was dry, I realized that I liked the colourful look of the unfinished grapes and for that reason I saved it.














©painting cropped with most of the colour lifted.

The weight and texture of this paper allows you to scrub and lift colour without damaging it.  I did this on the upper right section and then added ink lines onto a leaf.  I liked what I saw.  Using an old mat, I played with several layouts and cropped the painting into a more pleasing design.  I continued to lift off the dark paint. (you can still see some of it in the upper left corner) I added acrylic glitter paint to parts of the painting and continued to outline the leaves and grapes with ink.  I'm pleased with the overall result, it reminds me of stained glass.  I'm pleased to say that I have rescued this painting!

Have a creative week, thanks for stopping by,

Laura Leeder,
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

http://www.lauraleeder.com
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like this look , its different from some of your other paintings , and you hit the nail right on the head with it looking like stained glass , i think so too .

Win Dinn said...

Love the results on this painting, Laura - they look luscious beyond belief. What I love even more is that you've turned a disappointment into a huge success-way to go!

Celia Blanco said...

You did so well to rescue it Laura! I love the end result with beautiful, dazzling colors!

Wendy Barrett said...

Nice save Laura! It looks fantastic!

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