How to Re-paint an Old Acrylic Painting

Abstract composition in pink and Green, a woman staring out through her window. Atmosphere all dreamy and mysterious.
Woman at the Window- acrylic on paper

You might think that I created this acrylic abstract composition during Lockdown this year – it definitely would fit the theme of loneliness and isolation . In fact , I have painted a few similar – perhaps I’ll gather them together into a post one day soon . Anyway , this was done as part of a series last year on the problems of modern life as a woman ( but that’s another story ). What I really wanted to talk about was the way this came about .

Pink and Green Abstract

Pink and Green Abstract

This is how it began ! My very first proper abstract ever – painted for an on-line group on Facebook. It did get quite a few likes , but I was not really very pleased with it , so I decided to try to create another painting out of it , using the same colour palette and some of the same shapes . Of course , this is more easily achieved with acrylic paint than with watercolour or mixed media . The paint has great covering capacity .

Halfway

This is the halfway stage – the composition is just beginning to emerge. Then I started thinking about the way some women today are not allowed to move around freely and this image of someone staring wistfully outside seemed to fit my theme .

Woman at the Window

I hope you enjoyed reading about how I used one canvas to create another. It was an interesting experiment . If you did , there is another post I wrote not too long ago, where I describe the same process . Just click on the link here . And you can see more pictures about Modern Woman in my Gallery-People here .

Story Pictures

Do you like looking at Story Pictures ? I love creating them . Some people like to have the explanation to think about , some prefer to make up their own idea of what the painting is about . What do you think ?

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3 Replies to “How to Re-paint an Old Acrylic Painting”

  1. I do that, too, sometimes. Like right now, the new exhibition is coming up and I need more very large canvases. I just use some previously painted which I do not find that good and paint over.
    I find that painted over canvas can look better. I use sometimes textures on them by applying modeling paste and then it’s more interesting.. Well, internet display doesn’t really show the soft transition of color and also the practically touchable texture.
    It’s a good way to reuse art supplies which are expensive. 30 x 40 in canvas can be up to $100 here in Ontario and gallery wrap even way above that. I love gallery wraps, there is so much more firmness.
    Good article, reminds me I got to go and do something.

    1. I’ve never used modelling paste – that’s something I might try. How exciting to have an exhibition coming up !

Let me know what you think !