For the last class in the series I`ve been teaching, I demonstrated rescuing a failed painting from mediocrity. I had a ten year old watercolor of trees and rocks in the Columbia Gorge that wasn`t terrible but it was really boring. After showing them the 'before' painting, I quickly painted over the whole thing with a yellow-green acrylic glaze.
I run by this beautiful rock all the time and the other day it was isolated in sunlight with the forest behind it dense with dark tree trunks and the new leaves lit from behind. I took a picture, but it was a clear distinct memory when I went to paint it for the class.
watermedia on paper 24"x18"