What To Do When Your Painting Takes A Wrong Turn



Today is the very first day of the little blog hop Lisa Wilson, Hali Karla, and myself are doing to share some inspiration around the creative process and art journaling!  

Please be sure to check out each of our blogs today and every Friday during December to hear how we  approach some very common stuff that effects all of us as Artists.

Today's question is: What do you do when your painting takes a wrong turn?

What do you do?  

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43 comments:

Stephanie said...

If I can't remove the mistake immediately, then I just go with it and make it work somehow. In the end, I feel that it all happened for a reason and it's all good.

tami said...

I try to just sit with it for a bit and somehow it ALWAYS comes out ok. I have come to realize that it is ALL good : )

Vicki said...

I leave it, let it dry completely and then decide whether to keep going or paint over it and start again! ;)

postalorphan said...

More often than not I'm tempted to just rip out the page from my journal. So I walk away, come back a day or so later, and try to either work with what I've messed up, or cover the whole page with either gesso or paper and start over. More often than not, it's the latter.

Blooming Soul Arts said...

my "mistakes" have usually led me to my favorite pieces! if not, you can always paint over paint!

Patricia said...
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artatag said...

I love "happy accidents" because they lead me to places I have not been before! And if I cut it into pieces and collage it. It is never wasted.

Patricia said...

So sorry, I had to delete my comment above as this autocorrect thing put in unintelligible words...anyway...
This was so validating for me as I always seem to run into wrong turns. In the past I have walked away from them, but recently I have been brave enough to try to work through them & have been pleasantly surprised with the results!

soozee said...

I usually turn the page and start on something else then go back to the 'wrong turn' and it doesn't seem quite so bad !!

Lesley said...

I usually put the painting away and will come back to it a few days later. :D

Joy from My heart said...

When my art takes a wrong turn I do a couple of things:
1) I walk away and look at other artwork I did or am doing. Usually when I look at past art work I can see the good I did in it and how it is now perceived by me which gives me a positive feeling.
2)I sometimes take off to view other art whether in a book, museum, or Internet--this gives me inspiration with new thoughts to continue the piece I left.
3) a visit to and exploring an arts department either Michaels, Joanns or local art store helps me think of all different tools I could use for enhance of the piece. I find new pathways/
4) Sometimes I just look at the piece and let it talk to me: telling me a story or I make up the narrative.
5) I think of the quote "mistakes are the doorway to discovery" I can then pause ,reflect, proceed or abandon the piece
thanks for the "preparty"












jasangel2511 said...

Aaahhh sooooo comforting to know that we all have those wrong turn moments!! I thought it was just me and that I wasn't as talented as others ... I wasn't a "real artist"!! My best pieces are usually created when I immerse myself in the freedom & feeling of "heart play" rather than "mind structure". When I come to a point where I start "thinking" the piece is gonna go belly up I sit with it for a bit to shift out of my mind ... Usually something will inspire me to try something different ... Or I walk away and come back to it later with a whole different perspective and renewed enthusiasm for play.

Melanie said...

I just let it be. If it gets covered up, so be it.

Nicole said...

I usually walk away for a bit and remind myself that it always turns out ok. Then I go back and push through - usually by adding a new color or technique.

Anonymous said...

In the beginning I'm frustrated and angry at myself, I take sip of my tea, walk away, think about how my wonderful painting is ruined. Then, when I return, I try to see it as a guidance to go another way and make something out of it. I play with it like a meditation. I must admit that those works are often my best, but, that's something I can say afterwards, not when I'm in the moment.

Priya Gopal

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

This happens to me almost every time I am working on a painting. I call it my "ugly phase". It happens somewhere in the middle of the painting. I used to get pissed and beat myself up about going too far, I should have stop, ect. Now I say to myself "It's okay, it's in the ugly phase and it will come out beautiful in the end." Usually my process is I paint something I love but doesn't feel finished yet, get to the ugly phase and then have to figure out how to make it something I love again. I guess it's just part of the creative process! So happy to hear I'm not alone and this happens to all of us.

Jamie Lynn said...

I get pissed off, say a few “Colorful” words (maybe)

Sometimes I try to wipe away the boo boo – doesn’t always work
Sometimes I dry it and paint over – doesn’t always work

BUT
Most of the time I look at it as my friend @MitziCurry says, as a Floppertunity. For me that’s the chance to go in a new direction and discover what the piece really wants to say.

OR I could just hate it and in that case, I set it off to the side so I can look at and Know within me that’s the worst that could happen and that didn’t kill me, so it not so bad after all. This has happened once and every once in a while I still look over at it and take a deep breath.

Stacie said...

Depending on how much I dislike it, I walk away to think a bit and recenter. There's always a little voice in the back of my mind that whispers "patience, now figure out how to turn it in to something you love". Then I go back to it and do just that.

Maria said...

Usually I try to fix it, end up not being able to, and get frustrated. I try to leave it alone for a while and when I come back, not to be so attached to where I thought it was going. It has morphed into something different and while the unknown can be scary, it's not a bad thing.

Dianne said...

I also walk away and end up going back later (could be months) and finishing. Although I have been know to rip out the page in frustration then regret that impulse LOL

morningDove said...

i've learned thru your classes and 21 Secrets to be free and cut it up, don't hang on to it if its not working. also don't be so quick to give up on it keep pressing past what i think it needs to look like. enjoy the process.

susan oneil said...

I seem to be in the minority but I have been known to throw away entire journals at a time.
I am trying to learn patience with myself and my art.
All part of my life journey.

Fiona said...

When something goes wrong (which happens quite often) I try and say to myself, there are no mistakes in Art. I leave the piece and come back to it later. I might take it in another direction or if I feel it really is just not going to work I can always paint over it and start again.

Marlaine said...

Painting or pasting over always works! Love following this blog!

Galia Alena said...

I joke with my son that I set myself up for accidents and "mistakes", his logical brain can't take it, but I see it as an opportunity, it is also a space where spirit, my muses, my divine higher self can dance more freely on the piece and maybe let me know something I need to know.
Gxx

Jay said...

These days I have to walk away, work on something else or distract myself completely.

In the past, if I've tried to push on through I find I stop enjoying the process and the perfectionist takes control.

Walk away, breathe, come back to it. More often than not, I like what it becomes.

tutorial girl said...

I make even bigger mess and then leave it alone, and after a while I just paint over it. One good option is just to leave it alone and latter you always could found something good on the same piece. Or I ask my 5 years kid what she thing, she see it differently. Like noses are just too long. Or you should also use blue color and then it will be OK.

Beth Morey said...

If I make a mistake or my painting takes a wrong turn, I probably cuss and complain...and then keep going. What else is there? I might have to take a break in between the mistake and the pressing on -- sometimes just a few minutes, and sometimes weeks.

Debbie said...

When I can't decide what to do next, I move on to a different project. It never fails that an idea will pop into my head what I should do next, on the first project. I love how that happens, but wish it wasn't such a struggle to begin with.

Kathleen Rose said...

If I make a mistake when I'm painting, I admit, sometimes I stop. I let my subconscious work on it and when I come back I know what to do. Or else like you I just keep going! Sometimes (usually!) my art turns out totally different than I thought it would but that it what is so fun about painting!

-Kathleen / septembersupernova(at)gmail.com

DeborahA said...

I haven't worked through the move on phase yet. I usually "mess up", close my journal/sketchbook and put it away … then buy a new sketchbook and so the cycle goes.

pinkglitterfae said...

usually when my painting takes a wrong turn, I start adding mixed media elements on top, add some blocks of paint, and keep playing. Most times that works, and I have a back ground that I'm happy with. If it still doesn't work, thank goodness for gesson, lol! I tend to be more controlled in my art, so it is a good lesson for me to let go and just let the painting happen.

nadia said...

if my painting takes a wrong turn I have a stomp my feet meltdown and then remind myself that it is just paint and I can paint over it. once I started letting go of that I was able to have more fun with it. have a wonderful wednesday connie! always inspiring! ciao!

Kaz said...

I have to walk away and have a rest. This is really hard to do but I know I'll see it differently when I return. If all fails, there's the gesso!! If we enjoy playing with art materials there can't be any wrong turns. Unfortunately our adult brains get in the way. Mine is a real party pooper!! LOL

Jo said...

I just keep going and push through it....keep painting!

Rosie Grey said...

I normally get frustrated, and then - if possible - I put some gesso over it ;-)

Ginny Markley said...


when my painting takes a wrong turn I usually keep working it until I like it. I either keep adding to it or cover a portion of it with gesso and start one but I find that if I keep moving…it works itself out!

Liz said...

I will usually do one of two things. If it is a small wrong turn I will use gesso to flip a "u" and keep on going. If it seems really big and I feel lost, I will "pull over" and take a rest until I figure it out.

ncpelican said...

I very seldom give up. I just keep adding and subtracting until I am satisfied. It may take several days. If I am not happy then - I turn it into collage.

Michelle Casserley said...

I go and play in my garden with my dogs, this gets me grounded in my body and out of my head, if I get stuck or start judging, it's my head trying to take over and interpret :)
Michelle <3

michelle.cass@live.com.au

Vicki said...

I walk away, leave it for an hour and then come back and look at it with fresh eyes.
Usually I know what to do, or I leave it overnight and work on something else.

Susan said...

I keep going for awhile. Sometimes I will leave it and come back to it later with a fresh pair of eyes. And when all else fails, just paint over it and start anew!

Anonymous said...

Hi Connie! Ok . Here's what I do. I lay down some Portfolio water soluble oil pastels, rub it in with a bit of water & a brush. Next I use a baby wipe to blend. I sometimes add a bit of pan pastels. I continue till I'm happy. Then I excavate from the background!! I've come a long way since my first 21 Secrets!! Marcie Aspras maspras@hotmail.com