The above pieces are all tweaks or revisions or completions of older work. I stash everything, especially old prints that I never saw as finished works. Generally I printed several prints from various plates, and after working into a few to complete them as mixed media pieces, I would tuck away a few still incomplete. It is interesting to see these again, and work on them years later. Sometimes I can compare my newly finished pieces with ones I finished the same year I printed the starting images. Not sure I learn much, but I do have fun!
Sometimes a piece comes together quickly, or at least the basic essential work is clear early on, even if final touches take longer! But at other times, the first couple of versions bear very little resemblance to the final work, although some original forms & colors may still be visible. This piece has transformed several times, and may or may not be finished!
The light blue waterfall with the spidery black hole is the current version of the original acrylic painting, 8″ x 10″ on black canvas, scanned. This is the draft #8; I quite like it at the moment so it may be the final version. The rather garish multi-colored image at right is, of course, a digital foil of draft #8, and a somewhat more subdued digital foil is in the middle.
Above left is draft #2, very pink and muddy, and followed by draft #4 (dark blue and very streaky and busy). I don’t like either of these, or other intermediate drafts.
So in the current version at top the open circle all but disappeared, and most of the original colors are completely covered up… so it goes!