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Don’t Trash it! Crop it! – Lorena Bowser

Van Gogh, Goghing, Gone - Lorena Bowser

Don’t Trash it! Crop it!
by Lorena Bowser

Sometimes composition eludes me. I finish a painting that worked beautifully in my mind, and it turns out sadly lacking from my original inspiration.

Some years ago, I hit upon a solution to this by accident. I was sorting a number of such “unsuccessful” paintings to reorganize them in my closet; they were lying all over the floor as I went about my triage. Part of one these was sticking out from beneath another one, and when I looked at it, I saw beautiful painting! What? I thought I’d given that one up for lost. The portion that was uncovered (or dis-covered) was a good painting. I cropped it, framed it, and it’s now in a private collection in Germany!

I kept on cropping: Out of my triage that day, I discovered more new paintings, and those that didn’t come together (or come apart) as good works, I tore into pieces that later became elements for my collages.

Spin on Nature - Lorena Bowser

I have always been a fan of Vincent Van Gogh. Who hasn't! There is so much excitement and movement in his work, it almost seems alive! I have tried to apply his spirit to some of my work with something less than success. Van Gogh's work is inimitable. The painting shown here is one of my attempts.

For inspiration, I used a photo that I had taken of bushes by a country path, and another of a sky phenomenon sent to me by a friend. They were both so beautiful! But when I combined them, the result was two paintings in one. Something about the painting was just not right. The two parts were like opposite poles, repelling each other, instead of pulling the painting together. Unhappy with the results, I gave the painting to my son, who thinks it's great. Son's are like that. Later, while playing with the image on my computer, I cut the image apart at my imaginary line of demarcation. It worked. My computer-cropped image can only be reproduced, but a giclee on canvas is a worthy option! I love this “painting!”

I’ve added another saying to my list of inspirational words: “If at first you don’t succeed, scrap the part that you don’t need.” Hey! That’s another take on life.

Lorena Bowser is a lifetime artist and linguist.  She has lived all over the world and really knows how to make the pennies scream.  Enjoy more of Lorena's resourcefulness at her website and blog: at http://lorenasartandprose.blogspot.com

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