The Ab Divers
18 x 24″ Acrylic on canvas
I actually painted this a few years ago but never quite liked it so I put it away…Out of site, out of mine. I was tempted on a couple of occasions to just totally give up and paint over it. Recently I took it out of hiding and looked to see if there was anything worth saving. There were two…I really liked the two top otters but hated the third guy on the bottom. In my mind, it detracted from the overall composition. I felt if I could remove that one otter it might actually work. To remove that one otter and save the rest would not be easy. So I over painted over everything but made sure I left a ghost image of the otters I wanted to keep. This made it possible to repaint them without changing the interaction. Below is the before painting. I think you will agree I made the right decision.