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Another Before and After

November 23, 2009

Here are the next painting’s “before” and “after” photos. This one is finished.


Untitled - Work in Progress, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 12 x 1.5"



"Echoes 33" - Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 12 x 1.5


I decided it would work better with the orientation changed. Plus, I think the blue shows up even better in the final version.

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  1. November 23, 2009 12:01 pm

    MUCH prefer the current version of this one! (I have to admit that I preferred the previous incarnation of the “blue” one … I liked the warm tones) But this, wow, it went from brash to sophisticated! It’s fun to watch the transformations.

    • November 23, 2009 12:15 pm

      Thank you for your feedback, Kari!

      As you can see, some go better than others. The one that ended up with a lot of blue ended up that way because it was bugging me for some reason and I still can’t say why exactly. So when that happens, I just forge ahead and hope something happens. It changed completely, even though a small change might have worked just as well.

      It’s also fun to see you here!

  2. November 23, 2009 12:12 pm

    nice work Martha!

  3. Sandra permalink
    November 23, 2009 7:31 pm

    I am fascinated by all your before and after paintings, as am in the process of changing some of my own. I actually like all the versions of yours, do you prop them up somewhere when they are in progress and live with them? Look at them until something strikes you? There is one of mine nearly finished but had too much empty space in one part, last evening had the breakthrough as to what to do with it. Will see what the tutor thinks on Wednesday.

    • November 24, 2009 6:43 am

      Yes, Sandra. That’s exactly how I like to work. Since my paint application is so heavy and goopy, they take a while to dry between layers anyway, somewhat as if I were working in oils. So I like to work on several at a time. If I leave one alone for a while, I get back to it with a new perspective and “sometimes” know how to proceed! 🙂

  4. November 23, 2009 8:33 pm

    I am vicariously learning from your generous sharing with the layers and compositional changes in this group of paintings. I have several assemblages to work on for an exhibition and I soooo want to create backgrounds to build my layers on top of. Painting is such a magical process and learning to step back and view from a different angle or perspective …thank you. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

    • November 24, 2009 6:44 am

      Glad you are finding some value in these posts, Mary Helen. I notice that when I’m pondering another artist’s process there will sometimes be a revelation for me about how to resolve something in my own work.

      I guess it’s the next best thing to painting together!

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