Once I realized that I had over blended my paints in this alla prima abstract, I became frustrated. Once over blended, there is no turning back. How could I not waste the paint? How could I make this work and produce an abstract I could be proud of having created? Could I save it?
In my process, I do not “under paint” my canvases per sé. I knew from my many decades of painting experience, the original hues were the first paints on my white gessoed canvas. That color was still on the canvas, hidden under the surface paint. I had to find a way to bring it out; to show its beauty below. Could I accomplish this?
At first glance, a total random mess. Upon looking closer into the abstract, it had life! Beautiful color peeked out. It had interest with patterns, texture and color. An interesting pattern of little textured dots all over the canvas with smears of beautiful color emerging from beneath the dull surface. Due to the many layers of paint put down on the canvas, the hues created many blends of wonderful color. Red mixed with yellow, blue with white, yellow with blue and etc. Patterned dots of the yucky greenish-brown were juxtaposed into the vibrant color on the surface below.