So anyway, the canvas was in good shape and the painting was pretty smooth, not all lumpy and bumpy with paint--and being smooth is perfect for painting over! I love painting over bad paintings. I usually let elements of the original painting peek through or dictate the composition of the new painting. I feel that gives the original painting new life and some validity, a chance to escape the dumpster and hang on someone's wall. It's also a kind of secret; a layer that remains mostly unseen and unknown.
I like secrets in paintings.
That's why I'll never give the whole story away with any of my pieces, and that drives some people crazy. But I think a painting requires some audience participation and if I stuff the entire background, history, and narrative down the viewer's throat, then what does the viewer have left to bring to the table? (Other than puking up all the crammed-down art-speak nonsense)
Goodness! I seem to be veering off into a tangent. Here's the new painting in progress! There's no title yet, but it's oil on canvas. I think it's about 24 x 30 inches, sort of around there. I'm too lazy to run upstairs and measure.
the whole enchilada