Do, Take Notes, Redo

While I’m on the subject of doing something over and over, here’s another piece in the same genre. This one, from a photo reference by my friend, the photographer Ajay Bhaskar.

As soon as I figured I wasn’t happy with my first take I marked up some things I wished I’d done differently: notes for my next take.
Nothing stops you from trying to ‘salvage’ a piece like writing notes all over it. Thank you Tom Hoffmann.) Especially when you’re working in watercolors, salvaging doesn’t work so well…

Here’s take 2.
I’m happier with this one, and did manage to work in some of my notes from that first piece. I also ended up losing some bits I liked, (most notably the light on the top rim of the boat) but I did like the better articulated figures and the greyer colors here.



About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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3 Responses to Do, Take Notes, Redo

  1. Bernadette says:

    Thanks for sharing this post. I have had many unsuccessful attempts so continued to try to salvage in beginning a new painting of the same image. Never wrote notes over my “unsuccessful” piece but just started fresh mindful of my mistakes. I imagine the notes would be very helpful even if not on the painting but on a notebook perhaps. Recently I painted our magnolia tree when it was in bloom…6x’s over the course of a week. I appreciate this exercise and will try to put it in practice.


  2. I loved the first take until I saw the second and decided I loved it even better. Great lesson about improvement, Suhita.


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