Returning to older art works

I often reuse canvases and papers which have older works and have passed their use-by date. Sometimes, though, in reassessing the works, I find that I may only need to make an alteration or addition to find that I like the work all over again. So – that older work is saved from complete obliteration!
My family members refuse to let me have older art works back from them though, when I just want to fiddle with them a bit in order to make then better (according to me!) because they say the work will come back to them completely different. Oh well.
Recently I was unframing a work because I had plans to use the frame for another piece, but decided upon discovering it again, that it only needed a fresh application of white paint using a palette knife, to wake it up and make it presentable.
Ink Moves 2

Ink Moves 2 detail a

Ink Moves 2 detail b

A larger canvas which I painted after returning from a trip to Florence was an expression of my distaste on witnessing the tourist trade in crude magnets, aprons, underpants and so on, using Michaelangelo’s “David”. I began covering my older painting with gesso, and discovered that the work only needed to have some of the areas not so cluttered, to make the message even more emphasised. So I did that, placed some fresh washes on it, played up the geometric shapes, and am happy to have it on my wall again!
Euro Fever 2

This painting used to have quite a busy upper right hand corner, but now has a more clean and direct message.
Don’t be afraid to revisit older works !

Tricia accepted in Bald Archy 2018 National Touring Exhibition

Tricia accepted in Bald Archy 2018 National Touring Exhibition
Coming to:
BRISBANE
Tuesday 3 July – Sunday 29 July
Grand View Hotel
49 North Street
Cleveland
Brisbane Q
Tel: 07 3844 3000
Admission: $5.00 (Children Free)

“SNAKES IN THE HOUSE (Barnaby Joyce and Adders)”
Acrylic over Collage, including snakeskin, on Canvas 92w by 77h cms

A rustle first, which grew from slight
Into a scabrous flurry.
“Not Australian to the core!” –
For proof they all did scurry.

Hisses and soft whispers –
Snakes in our corridors!
Some pollies should not be here,
So say our Aussie laws.

Snakes there are among us!
We’ll purge them out the door –
Get Joyce, Waters and Lambie;
Farewell Roberts and Moore.

Get rid of that Scott Ludlam!
Adieu Fiona Nash!
Those snakes were all uncovered
And felt the clean-out lash.

By-elections gave relief;
The people had a choice.
Some slithered back into the house
Led on by Mr. Joyce……………