I usually work on more than one piece of art at a time and, like many artists, am often hard pressed to determine when the art is actually finished. Sometimes I’ll commit to a certain composition as being the finished one, only to come back to the art several days – or even hours – later to being totally dissatisfied with it.
I started out making editions of my work (making multiple prints of the same image) to a small maximum number, usually up to 25, but often only 5 or 10. But I find I can’t leave some of the art alone after I print it. The longer I look at it, the more ideas I have for it.
So I have started incorporating acrylic glazes and mediums on top of the print to further develop the composition. Here I have started with my image, Night Fears, and painted on top of it to create a new work. I’ve included the original print I started with and some detail photos so you can see the finished — well, for now — artwork.
Ellen Scobie is a visual artist melding the traditional art forms of painting, photography and printmaking. View her art at www.ellenscobie.com.