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.