Sometimes you have to throw in the towel.  Starting over isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  I finally repainted this dice composition.  I struggled with getting the translucency rendered for hours and hours one Saturday.  Then, I worked for hours and hours the next day.  At the end of about 16 hours I felt completely defeated.  Normally, I work on a painting for about 2-4 hours. Here is the image:


After looking at this painting for a couple of weeks I decided that I don’t like it. I can’t live with the misshapen dice. The way they look is so unnatural and wonky. I like the way I rendered the wood block and  I like the composition.  So, I had the crazy idea to start ALL OVER AGIAN with a blank canvas!!!  I worked for about 4 hours to produce this image:


The translucency is more realistic in this second rendering. It isn’t finished but it’s Friday night and I want to step back and look at it again with a fresh perspective in the morning.  I am far more satisfied with the look of the dice.  They look translucent and natural.  I still have some work to do but I feel so much happier with this ‘second chance’.

Starting over doesn’t have to be a negative thing.  Sometimes that best thing to do is give up and begin again.

My best,
Emily Warren

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