Acrylic Landscape Oil

To Rescue a painting, or burn a painting

Shasta Daisies in the Field; 12 x 16 in., Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

There comes a time when you been putting off painting a photo that you just force yourself to go ahead and do it. Again, going through my photos and found a picture of the shasta daisies in my yard from last summer. Well, the photo itself was boring, so I just changed it up a little. However, after 2 hours in, the painting was going nowhere. There comes a time that you think every painting can be rescued from the burn pile. However, this one I don’t think I could rescue. Bad, bad, bad…next…

Even though I think this painting is bad, I am still posting it as reminder to myself that I still have to grow as an artist. I have come far, but still have a long ways to go yet. All artists are entitled to paint a few bad paintings so that we can get to the good ones.

Underpainting with acrylic





The final point of no return? This is the exact moment I realized this painting is going nowhere. Could I rescue it?

One of the many rules I have learned in painting is that if you feel you are going nowhere, stop, and put the painting away. I went to work and did my thing, came home and looked at it with fresh eyes. The following I felt was needed to make the painting not so boring…not sure if I am still going to burn it.

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Shasta Daisies in the Field; 12 x 16 in., Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

Was this painting rescued? What would you do differently?

My name is Tim Ellmers and I love to paint in a wide variety of mediums. All the artwork you will see on my site is done by me. I post items I am currently working on regularly when the time allows. Please join me on my personal journey for artistic growth. Free free to send me an email inquiring about my work or to ask questions. Cheers, and thank you for visiting!

3 comments on “To Rescue a painting, or burn a painting

  1. Tim, it is interesting that you work from middle tones to dark and then out to highlights. I work from shadow to midtones to highlight in underpainting, then the same with overpaints. So many people have such rigid rules — always light to dark, always dark to light. You are the first I’ve see go both ways, so to speak. BTW, yesterday I started painting again for the first time since surgery. Hugh


  2. Thanks for the comments Hugh! I am still trying to find my best method in completing a painting. I am in the mist of practicing several different methods of other artists, but in the end I always divert into what I am comfortable with. I am trying to get a grip on perspective right now. Was asked to do Kivett Hall, at Campbell. Too many angles and straight lines… I am so glad you are getting back into painting. Get a small canvas and do one each and everyday. Hope you are recovering well! Post what you finish.


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