Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. ----- Ernest Hemingway

Art Lesson - Yellow Bird House and Pansies

> Welcome. I am so happy that you stopped by. My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea while I share the inspirations for my art with you. Several weeks ago I shared with you a still life painting that I "repurposed" by painting out some of the objects and adding new objects. I received a number of e-mails from some of the new artists who paint along with me asking for more information on repurposing art. . . . as well as expressing reluctance on their part to "paint over" and start fresh. I thought it would be fun to devote this post to sharing more information on repurposing in hopes of putting some new artists at ease.

Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant in the garden and look for inspiration for repurposing .

I love the little yellow birdhouse sitting among the pansies and think it would be fun to add it to a repurposed painting.

Finding inspiration . . . .

Here. . . . .

There . . . . .

Everywhere . . . .

This is the painting that I repurposed several posts back. I decided to repurpose it again as an example for my painting readers who asked for more information.

To show you how easy and "fearless" it is to repourpose your painting - I painted out the pink roses and tea pot and tea cup. Painting out the pink roses opened up more of the window with the ocean view and changed the feeling of the painting.

Next I added the little yellow birdhouse and pots of pansies that were found in my garden. I later decided to paint out the blue and white pot of yellow pansies as I thought there would be too much yellow in the painting. I did not take a photo for you. I also painted out two of the white roses as I felt there were too many for the vase with the pink roses gone.

I added another pot of white roses to balance out the large vase and bring balance to the painting.

I also added another terra cotta pot for harmony and two pansey seed packets. I feel the new tin pot of white roses is too close in color to the ocean and sky and will paint it white at a later day. See . . . you can repurpose and continue to make changes just by painting over the items you want to change. Remember - be fearless and do not be afraid to make changes to your painting.

Here is the completed "repurposed" painting. I hope that this was helpful to everyone who sent me e-mails with questions. If not, please let me know and we will work on another repurposed painting.

Spring is almost here . . .

Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of the doves is heard in our land". Song of Songs :2:12


Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments and those who follow my blog. I read and cherish each and every visit and comment. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.

Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin

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