Starting Over

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:

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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:

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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

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

The work is inspired by an engagement with play and making peace with uncertainty. I work experimentally, using a digital video to explore painting. I use sound and moving images in non-traditional ways to reverse expectations of horror and comedy. I am drawn to the whimsical nature of self-discovery. I construct repeating narratives, often depicting varying scenarios of serenity, silliness, and reflection.

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