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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Cubistic Reconstruction of an Old Painting

The October monthly project for the online group, the Watercolor Workshop is to take an old painting and re-do/reconstruct it using any methods you wish. I took a painting I did in a workshop with Marge Brandt and turned it into a work in cubism -( so-to-speak!)

First I took my ruler and ruled out areas to create shapes. Then I used masking tape and taped the edges of some of the shapes and using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser removed much of the paint from those areas. Then I removed the tape and started painting in areas with watercolor trying to balance out colors and shapes - I repeated colors in the original painting, but in unrealistic areas. Then I added some interest by repainting some of the weeds and branches. This was a fun exercise and I actually like the results. The painting is 11" x 14" and is on 140 lb. Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper.


CrimsonLeaves said...

Good golly, Barb! I must say that you've created one of the few abstracts that I really like, no love. The colors and the subject matter are perfection!

Ginny Stiles said...

Barb!!!! I absolutely LOVE this. I am not kidding.
What a wonderful idea AND you executed it perfectly!!!!
I want to try it too.
Just goes to show you there are no "old dogs" that can't be fixed!!!M. Not that it was a dog!!!but it was not nearly as exciting as it is now!!!! You go girl!!!!

Christiane Kingsley said...

You are always so creative, Barb. This is really well done. I love it.