Sometimes you finish a painting and technically it is as good as any you’ve done, but it doesn’t have that “feeling” you wanted. I photographed my three-year old niece on her first horseback ride. She was so proud to be sitting on that big horse. The painting, however, was so detailed that it lost the warm, fuzzy feeling of the moment.
Painting over major portions of the watercolor brought back the sweetness of the memory.
I’ve saved many paintings with this technique and use it with acrylics as well. If you go past where you wanted to soften the painting, you can always paint back into it to recapture specific details.
Below: “Katie on Sassy”