In my world, there are only ever opportunities for growth and expansion and I have, at times, created my greatest pieces of artwork from a so-called “hasn’t quite gone right painting”. In the above photos, you can see how I started with the painting on the right as preparation to teach in a painting class. However, I did not like it and so converted it to the bluebell woods on the left. I didn’t allow it to dry to make the changes this time. Instead, I used the darkness to provide the background drop for the bright colours of the pinks, mauves and turquoises that were placed on top in both acrylic and oil. In this way, a painting can be worked on for some length of time – layer upon layer, lightening the original dark.