Lunch Break again mixed media by Meera Rao
This painting was the result of playing with an abandoned piece. When I painted Lunch Break (check out that post for variation1) about two years ago it was my second attempt. Earlier this year I pulled out the first discarded try. I like to have something to keep my hands and brushes busy while I am waiting for washes or paints on a piece I am working is drying. This, I hope, keeps me from muddying the work but that does not always happen! I have been trying to remember to take photos of my playing around to see where it takes me. Below is the piece when I first abandoned it.
I used a black Prismacolor pen to outline the various shapes. May be I should have stopped long before I outlined every shape!!!
I went on to darken some parts and then cropped the painting( - see the top most photo). I had always underestimated what a tremendous learning experience it is to paint variations. I see now how very interesting it is to see the two paintings side by side now.
And as this quote by Bob Brendle says so eloquently, "There can be no failure in an art experiment excepting that of vision."