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Friday, September 12, 2014

Oh No...A Redo. How embarrassing!

A corrected version of my previous day's post


day 12.

Artist Note
We all learn from others mistakes - right?
I am sharing this in the hope that it
will help someone else.

I noticed the weak design when I saw it with
  fresh eyes this morning.
Groan...and it was sold too.

Here is what I thought was wrong.
Two competing shapes and sizes .
What do you see - chair or fireplace
Eyes flicking back and forth between them
indicating no focal area?
Top it off with  a (floating) brown shape
see below
It did not link to anything - it just was there.

Oh My...what to do?
Can I sell something I feel is not my best
at that given time?

I know others must have gone through this same dilemma.
I struggled back and forth all day and then I pulled 
out the trusty glass and made a shape of another 
chair across from the one painted.
(shown below. - excuse the ratty taped corners on the glass!)

I knew right away that I preferred it this way.
It solidified the intimacy of the setting.
The fireplace becomes the area you 
should see first.

So I set about painting it and it solved the problem
of the dark pot too.
I do hope the person who had bought it 
agrees with my choices, and
if not, I know a neat couple who would be 
delighted to get it.
I did paint this today so I think it qualifies as
a challenge painting - in more ways than one.


  1. I see and agree on your thoughts here and love the new design.It made a huge difference. But may be the connection was strong and the buyer was very happy with his/her choice. Thanks for sharing Julie.

  2. I am so glad that I am not the only artist to go through this! Thank you for writing & explaining what you saw, and what you did. I like the new composition and I'm sure the buyer will too. It really does showcase the intimate setting, and my eye goes to that wonderful fireplace (and I smile).

  3. I think the person who bought your work wants to own your work one way or the other! The redo will be perfect for them I think-your design solutions were just the thing. Funny how we don't notice stuff like this right away. Makes painting challenging and when you can get some distance from it, sort of fun:)

  4. I have to agree Julie. This is a wonderful improvement, something I didn't think you ever needed in your work. It is gorgeous and now I REALLY want to sit in one of those chairs with a book, a blanket, a glass of wine and the fire!

  5. You are a brave woman, Julie, to point this out on your blog. I love the changes you made to the painting....much more intimate, and I am sure your buyer will appreciate your efforts.

  6. always I love to see how other artists go about correcting...the idea of using glass above the original is super! I often use tracing paper, but this is much clearer. thanks for posting! I'd be surprised if the purchaser didn't want it, I agree it has solved the issues completely! lovely painting.

  7. I had loved the first version and then when you described how it could be improved and went ahead and did it, I loved the second version even more! Your chair theme is great Julie. Your watercolours on Yupo make for a fabulous outcome!

  8. Very cool. Thanks for sharing this information..You are a great teacher..Beautiful work

  9. Great teaching. I had no problem with the eye just traveled between the two quite comfortably. Now I do not move as much but love the new composition. You are the only one who has to be happy. Easier said than done!

  10. Version 1, I went immediately to the chair. I liked the contrast with the fireplace but certainly learned from your correction. Both are winners. Think how many version 1's are out there in galleries...just saying.

  11. my eye thought it was happy with the first version, but it's so much more comfortable with the second!

    thanks, julie!


  12. I liked it instantly before, now I LOVE IT.

  13. Yes, the first one was empty, now we are all warming up confortably sitting in these two chairs. The glass is a very good idea for solving a problem.
    Monique Shaw

  14. Julie, thank you for sharing your process of a glass over a painting to visually see the possibility of an added element in the painting. Love the additional chair, this painting is so warm and inviting. Love your work.

    All the best to you,

  15. I liked it both ways! I've seen quotes by many well-known artists avowing to the idea that it's okay to break the rules of composition, if you, the artist, feel it's called for. The first version was very appealing, with it's warm inviting pull through the light values of the hearth, toward the glowing tones of the chair. But, I'm so thrilled to see that you followed your instinct and your own creative urges and went ahead and did what you felt the piece required, to make it YOUR creation, and your vision, regardless of who might or might not approve. That's a true work of "art", in the greatest sense of the word! Well done!

  16. Julie - honestly I thought the first was lovely but I see how you made the composition more complete. I am sure the new owners are going to love it. Thanks for sharing your uh-oh with us! Hugs

  17. I think you did the right thing.... made the right choice brave painter!

  18. Brilliant move!! makes it very intimate with the added chair's back to us. This is a private party!! Love it.


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