Rest in Peace, Tractor

"Ready for Work" 
8" x 10"

Sometimes, a painting sits around for a few days and you find something you are not totally satisfied so you grab the brushes and go about reworking the places that bothered you and hopefully improve the painting. Sometimes you grab those brushes and no matter what you do things just get worse and worse.  I tried to rework the foreground and background on this painting and I'm sad to say, completely wrecked it. The photo above was prior to the new work. Seeing it again at this size, things don't look so bad and I wish I had left it alone.  After three attempts this painting is dark, dead and near lifeless. A hard lesson learned.

I won't give up because it had promise and is oil. I should be able to cover anything up, but I think it's best to put it aside and let us both rest for awhile.  


  1. Ouch! Sorry to hear that as it is absolutely lovely and fresh in your post. Maybe it will look better to you tomorrow.

  2. I love this painting! I would set it aside as well and look at it another day with fresh eyes. Then you can change the title!

  3. Thanks Carol and Hilda for your kind words. I like the tractor and won't give up on it. I had someone contact me to purchase it and I had to explain it's current situation. ugh

  4. Love it as it is, or should I say as it was! Hope you can resurrect it to it's original beauty. So nice to see you again at SW this afternoon.