Most paintings do not sell right away. Some of them get recycled, (painted over), and no one sees them but myself. Others get put away for later refinements, and the best paintings go to the galleries. If a painting languishes in a gallery for several years without selling, it ends up being returned to me.
Then I have to decide what to do with it. I can give it to a friend or relative. I can donate it to some local charity, or I can scrap it altogether. Some of them still look pretty good to me, but I see some way to improve on them. These paintings get re-worked. All of the following paintings did'nt sell for some reason or other, so I tried to fix them.
The Boss, 12x16" Elk are always a popular subject, and most of them sell easily. This painting came out well and I expected it to move without a problem. I sent it to a good art gallery in Fairbanks, Alaska. There it sat for two or three years, until they sent it back.
Although I was happy with the original version, I decided to play with it some more. I lightened the background, and built up the grass immediately around the elk. This painting looks good to me, and I expect it to sell soon.
King of the Hill, 16x20", Here is another painting I liked, but I had problems with the rocks on the left of the painting. Since the ram looked good, I thought it would sell. It did'nt, so I re-worked it.
First I changed the tone of the mountains in the background, hoping to bring out the ram's horns a little. Then I reduced the size of the rocks, and added some more grass with flowers. These are not significant changes, but I dont know what else to do.
Tundra Vistas, 16x20", For some reason, I used looser brushstrokes on the wolf than I usually do. This painting got chosen as a 2008 conservation stamp for the Province of Manitoba, in Canada. I thought that distinction would help it sell. It did'nt.
When I got the painting back, I realized that the eye looked too big, and the ears looked too small and close to the wolf's eye. So I fixed those things. I also raised the wolf's back, and slightly moved one of the back legs.
This painting remains untitled, 16x20".
On a whim, I decided to cut it down to 7x20". It does look a little better.
Redtail Sunset, 16x20", I was never happy with this one, but I did like the color of the sky, so I did'nt paint over it.