Recycling an old painting

I started 18 years ago with painting on canvas. Most of these old paintings are not my taste anymore. Occasionally I repaint one. This one took some time. There were some ingredients that made it hard. I do not paint a lot the last months. I was not really inspired and not having much confidence in my skills anymore. Not a very good start. Painting on an old painting helps but I had expectations. I wanted it to be good. Also not a good ingredient for painting with joy and fun.

You can see the old painting and the result. I’m not sure I like the face but it feels finished. I love the unfinished look. If that make sense…

And I show you the process in this mini video. So you get an idea of my struggling. It helped a lot to make a onliner for the face. I used this photo.

In the stripes on the background I wrote this quote: Het doel van de kunst is niet het uiterlijk van dingen weer te geven, maar het innerlijk… dat is de echte werkelijkheid. Aristoteles. (Translated:The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.)

Here I show you how I made the pattern on her dress.

I hope this inspire you to use old material again. It is nice to start with a background. And good to reuse materials. Do it for the earth and everybody on it. A little tip, start with a lot of confidence, inspiration and without expectations. Your painting will be finished in no time!

Love, Herma Starreveld


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6 thoughts on “Recycling an old painting

  1. love it! in fact i have a painting of a portrait that I started years ago and had it altered already many times over. It started as a Young girl, but every time I change her, she becomes older….so funny…. Now I am inspired to continue her again; thank you!

    • That is funny and intriguing that the young girl is becoming older. We all are… It makes me happy to hear that you are inspired. Have fun!

  2. I just found your blog and have to say I love your art!! Your faces are incredible…. I also have taken many of Carla’s classes, isn’t she wonderful? I don’t know how she comes up with so many wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing your work!! Lovely!!

    • Hi Janet! Thank you for your nice words! Carla is the best teacher I had! Learned so much from her. Thank you for visiting my website.
      Much appreciated.

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