"Lemon Tree" - take 1 (scanned image)
After scanning in my latest lemon tree painting (which takes me over an hour because I'm scanning a 20x20x1.5 inch canvas using a 9x13 inch scanner and need about 8 scans to piece a completed image together) I realized I was only really excited about 1/2 of the painting (the right half). I love the impressionistic glint of sunshine on the tree leaves as they just melt into a yellow sky. Something about the top left and bottom left lemons bothered me, though, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Since I already had the painting scanned into the computer I thought, "hey, I can play with it on the computer to see if I can fix what I don't like and THEN paint it to match." Sounds plausible.
So, after trying purple, blue, yellow, and green for my lemons and adding a little leafy interference to the bottom 2 lemons - here is the "fixed" version showing how I would like to paint it.
"Lemon Tree" - take 2 (digitally manipulated image)
So - off I go to paint! And one thing about how I paint - if one part of the painting gets changed - it suddenly affects the rest of the painting. I managed to keep my adjustments minor, however, mostly just adding a little more of the blue to the bottom of the painting to bring a little more light and sky into it.
I haven't yet scanned in the new painting, but here is a comparison of the previous painting (scanned) and the new painting (photographed). The photographed image doesn't quite show the yellows correctly, but you get the idea!
FINISHED! I think...
Well, it didn't really end up a LOT like the edits I made on the computer, but making changes to the color and design digitally gave me the confidence I needed that I could make a better painting without losing what I loved about it.
Next time you're in a creative funk - give it a try! See what your painting may look like with a paint bucket at your fingertips.