Remastering an Old Painting – Art of Repainting
I painted this over a year ago. When I saw it on the gallery wall, I felt at once that this was a piece I had rushed to call finished. Nate, the curator of Smith Klein Gallery, said he liked it but was sure that there was a problem with the legs, perhaps the knees.
The painting was filed away in my studio until recently. I made a quick study of the piece and found that much more than the knees were not working, but the whole piece was full of pockets of distracting qualities.
I wanted more texture in the pillows and the blanket. I achieved this with a mix of horizontal and vertical brushstrokes and palette knife work, and my fingers. Some elements of the body were reworked: the legs entirely and the face. I had my wife, the model, pose once again, which led me to a very important lesson:
in working from photographs, it is much too easy to overlook important obstacles until it’s too late. I now work from both photograph and life studies. The face in this piece presented so many obstacles that I simply did not realize when taking the pictures.
But now, I am very confident in the painting as a piece representing my level of skill.