I mentioned in an earlier TIPPETTE that, as watercolorists, we are lucky not to be confined to a standard sized canvas. We can choose any size paper. Well, we can take that concept a step further and say that, after we paint the painting, we can crop it to suit us even better still!
Cropping a Painting
Here's a painting I started as a demonstration in one of my workshops. Now that I'm almost done, I'm not too happy with the left side of the painting, but I THINK I like the right side pretty well. I'm going to decide whether I want to crop it (cut it down) and keep only what I like.
|Uncompleted demonstration from a landscape workshop. By Helen K. Beacham|
By laying the 2 pieces of cut mats on your painting, move the 2 pieces around until you come up with the best section of the painting that is worth saving.
Sometimes, after I cut out the section that I want to save, I discover another smaller, salvageable section inside the section I was ready to discard! I have a habit (good or bad) of never throwing away these discarded pieces. At least I can use the other side as practice sheets, and sometimes they get incorporated into the rare collage that I might decide to create! (or...here's another thought: give that section to your kids or grandkids to paint or add on to! They'll feel so grown up when given the privilege!). As for my painting above, I still haven't decided whether to crop it or not. But...I have options!
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