I have been working on this one illustration for several days, and wanted it to 'fit' the current subject for Illustration Friday (vacant). It is the fifth version of a much earlier work. Sometimes when you think you have a good image and look at it a year later you can see a new way to create the mood. That is what happened with my old "duckpond" illustration. I think I may have it where I want it, but who knows it may resurface again at some point.
Somehow I don't find it a waste of time or energy to revisit older paintings and sketches. Occasionally I will find something in my portfolio and take it right out. Then I say to myself,
"What was I thinking!" At that point I either trash it altogether or find a new way to make it work. That is growth for me. What about the rest of you..... do you do that?
I find so much out about myself and my painting when I redo or revise something that 'almost' works. I always want it to be the best it can be. Whether it is traditional painting or digital I do keep a stack of possible 're-dos' just to remind me to work harder.