Many times I paint over an older painting, partly because it doesn’t work and partly because I like building layers and revealing bits of what’s underneath.

This 16X20 painting ( a small portion is pictured above)  started as a painting called “Really Blue Heron”. Herons are a source of wonder and delight for me, and I wanted to capture their effect on me.  But the composition didn’t work, as much as I liked the form of the heron itself.  So I decided to paint over it.  As it happened, I had just been spending time watching the astonishing series “Our Planet”, one of the most stunningly beautiful, fascinating and awe-inspiring visual experiences I have ever had.  As I began painting over Blue Heron,  my subconscious, with this recent visual influence of the film, took over. Which I realized after I was done.

carol stalcup, artist

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