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The Before and After Challenge

June 24, 2009

OK, artists:  It’s summer and I’m in a silly mood. I’d like to propose a “Before and After” challenge.

How it works

If you have a digital image you’ve saved of one of your works of art that has been reworked completely, and also the new version of that piece, send both before and after versions to me by Saturday, June 27th to my email address:


Or, if you prefer, you can post them to your own blog and give us a link to them.

I encourage you to share the thought process behind your decision to change the work, whether or not you have any regrets about your changes, which version you like better, etc., and this will hopefully start a fun conversation.

This challenge is not for the purpose of having critiques. Critiques are supposed to be reserved for those who request them. So I hope we’ll all agree to keep our comments positive and constructive and just have fun with it.

With your permission, I will post your images along with your comments about your work here on the blog over the next few days (or weeks, if we get a lot of contributions.)

In order to keep from overwhelming WordPress, please reduce your images to 72 dpi and under 6 inches.

I’ve already started it off with yesterday’s post. Who wants to be next?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. sherrill pearson permalink
    June 24, 2009 11:43 am

    Oh, Martha! I have been waiting for something like this. What a blast! Except…I don’t have any before and after shots – I don’t think so – but will definitely look into it.

    I am starting one today and will take shots of the process as I go in case I completely bomb and need to rework it.

    Cheers 🙂

  2. June 25, 2009 5:11 am

    Here’s my piece. I posted five of the many stops on the journey on my blog.

    I think I would have been satisfied on the second stage, but I took a suggestion and it didn’t work. Now that I pushed it close to the edge, I like the finished product. Obviously, the middle stages had to happen.

  3. June 25, 2009 11:18 am

    Thanks, Martha.

  4. gem13 permalink
    June 26, 2009 7:14 pm

    Hi Martha … lovely reading as always with many extras to click on …

    i am just dashing out the door – for a week ! – i always do before and afters – i love the process and where things end up … my current series (foundart) is here

    i hope it points you to the original foundart series … but that you can find on my GEM site …

    take care and happy collage/painting ! >>> Gina

    • June 27, 2009 4:04 am

      Thank you so much, Gina. Enjoy your trip. I love the foundart series and will put your comment up as a blog post in the days to come. Beautiful work!


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