STOP....reworking artwork, who does it and why?

STOP....reworking artwork, who does it and why?

Reworking artwork


You hear of songs being reworked all the time, there’s always a new version or ‘dance mix’ coming out but no one really talks much about paintings being reworked. So how many of you do this? I personally do sometimes and I know of several others who do also but we don’t really talk about it.

Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Does it mean that the work wasn’t finished properly the first time round or that artist change their mind, Id be interested to hear what others think on this as I can only really go on my own experience for this. For me it’s more about evolving, I change my mind or I see something in a different light, or sometimes it’s even about mood or temperament and I’ll want to change the colour to more or less moody if it happens to not sell and come back to me for a while.

The reason why I’m writing about this today is that I have decided to change a painting that has had some negative feedback, it’s a well received painting and most seem to like it, its more that it has a preconceived idealism that the cat in it is deceased as its wearing angel wings and that’s simply not the case at all. This particular cat happens to belong to someone involved in the operatic world who loves dressing up and of course her pampered cat gets to play with costumes too so when she showed me the photo of him with his angel wings on I simply had to paint it as is!

Due to the negative vibe this ‘dead cat’ portrayal has the reworking I plan is to simply add something sparkly and costume-like and rename the painting so its more about him playing dress-ups than being an angel.

I feel this is a positive move and I’m looking forward to getting it done!

Posted: Friday 15 October 2010


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