A Painting Makeover

Why on earth do I keep changing finished paintings? 

Good question.  

The best way I can explain it is that certain images have such a strong meaning for me, that the painting is not really about the image, but about the feeling I have about the place that inspired the painting. Feelings are complex and sometimes can't be pined down. Ideas keep coming and I keep exploring them. 

Why not just start a new painting? 

That's what I usually do, but sometimes it's just a few little things I'd like to change and it's too easy to put the painting back on the easel and keep working.

Of course, there is a danger of spoiling a perfectly good painting, but for an obsessed experimenter, that risk is rarely considered up front.

It is said that it's better to stop before one reaches the edge than step over it and fall into the abyss. Aim safe and stay safe. 

On the other hand, it's a painting, it isn't really an abyss. If we never step over the edge, how do we learn where it is?

BEFORE  / AFTER, North View From Seymour Mountain, by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

Hmmmm, now that I see them side by side like this, I got even more ideas what else I could change.

On a different note, it's time to start welcoming the winter with art!

FCA 2016 calendars with twelve months of inspiring art are available for order. I am December!

Lake Oesa, acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

If you love film and art, and you can make it to Whistler in the first week of December for the 2015 Whistler Film Festival, you are up for a treat. 

There will be a lovely collection of paintings for viewing and purchase. I am preparing my contribution for the Whistler Film Festival Artists Gallery just now.

Paintings by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki at the 2015 Whistler Film Festival Artists Gallery

I hope that this November will surprise us with a few sunny days. If not, that's fine, it's always bright and warm in the studio.

Happy artsy adventures!