I was very interested this morning to read in Robert Genn’s newsletter his thoughts on the same topic I addressed yesterday – that of going back to an older piece and working again from the same idea, but with considered cogitation!
He writes: “While appreciating what you did right in the past, free your mind to reinvent and refine in areas previously not thought of.”
As well as the points I made yesterday about removing unnecessary detail, adding interest where it lacked it and needed it, making the colours richer, subtler and more varied and overall being looser…he also advocates looking at every aspect of the piece and seeing if you can push it in a slightly different direction. Instead of working more quickly, try to work more slowly…but with a great flourish. Definitely loosen up where things were too tight. Address the negative areas ( I really didn’t have any in my first piece, but tried to get the effect of some in the second) and check out the focal area and the track of vision – was it strong enough? or alternatively, was it too obvious? Was there some mystery? or if things were too vague, could they be clarified?
Reworking a piece is a good time to take risks!
This could be the start of a series…
If you have been, thanks for reading! Elizabeth
PS I still havn’t figured out whether or not to include the chain on Chain Cross #2, I think I’m going to send the client pictures both ways and let him choose!