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


painting by Pat Harrison

Rescue Attempt


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.


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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