Top Tips – How to Rescue a Painting

Sometimes you may find that a painting just does not look right. Then you will ask yourself is it worth rescuing or should it end up in the bin. As you will have put a lot of work into it in the first place I suggest you try the rescue operation first before you finally decide to scrap it.

By way of an example I have picked one of my paintings which I was not happy with to demonstrate the process.

painting by Pat Harrison

Scarecrow

painting by Pat Harrison

Rescue Attempt

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The picture on the left shows the original painting. Discussing it with friends I was told that the path looked like it was tilting and the copse in the middle distance looked too small. In other words the perspective was all wrong.
I then decided to start a rescue attempt by first fiddling with the digital photo on my PC. The result can be seen on the right.

Clouds and Trees

Final Result

Finally I painted over a number of areas to try to improve the original design.  It looks better but far from perfect. There are elements in the painting which may be used in a future work. But this one will not be put on display. It is destined to be scrapped. The rescue attempt was worth a try if only for the fact that I have learnt by it.

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About Pat Harrison

Painting and drawing have been my passion from early childhood. I have attended numerous exhibitions in England and Germany. Presented with the Judges Award at a show I now have one of my paintings on permanent display at a museum in Greater London with growing sales and commissions.
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