This technique of refashioning has worked well in my closet, so I figured, "Why not in my studio too?"
As with clothing dissatisfaction, I've always liked but not loved the following two diptychs. The squares were made in 2010 and the rectangles in 2012. They've all just sat in my studio because I didn't have enough faith in them to promote them. However, they're not so bad that I'd want to get rid of them. Enter the refashioning method.
|Not bad, but ...|
|OK, but ...|
|Pretty good, but ...|
To make the change, I simply grabbed a pair of scissors and a gallon of gel medium, and voila, two canvas collages on canvas:
|Flowing and energetic!|
|Elaborate and full of depth!|
Here's how they look together as a diptych, which is how I would ideally display them:
I've very pleased with the results! It turns out that, just as with clothing, old paintings can be made new again with a little imagination.