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Destroying "Pretty" to Find Strength in New Abstract Painting

By Abstractartbylt @artbylt

Sometimes a painting looks too good to keep working on, yet I know it needs more.  It may be pleasing to the eye, but it could be so much more if I could get past that "pretty."  The painting I worked on yestersday fit into this category.  I knew it needed more, but I also knew that I'd be destroying the good that was there and heading into unknown territory. 

I could end up with an ugly mess instead of a better painting, I thought.  But I took the chance.  Instead of making minor changes, of keeping the basic design of the piece, I obliterated large chunks of what was there by applying blocks of white, platinum and unbleached titanium with a palette knife. 

Next I used a brush to fill in some sections with a bright red, others with a dull plum, and some splash of yellow. I did the same with dark green.  In the final steps, I drew lines in medium and dark grays, for both outlining and texturing.

At this point the old pretty painting is long gone.  Tomorrow I'll see what I can do with this one.

  Canvas #155, 40" x 30" acrylic on canvas.

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