This summer I made it one of my goals to be more artistically expressive. I am learning a lot along the way and reflecting on a lot of questions. First let me give you a little background. I am a K-12 teacher and not formally trained in artistic technique. However, I am trained in Art Ed and Art Therapy working with children with autism. Hence, my training is more about expression rather than skill.
Most of my art is a work of love and sometimes frustration. My grandpa was an engineer by trade, but used to oil paint and I used to love watching him paint growing up. However, I am not as technically skilled as he. Hence, the frustration. I have a vision in my head on how I would love to have a painting look, but then sometimes, most of the time it goes awry. I've been going back to fix it, but then mess it up even more. I think of giving up. I take some and cut out the parts of don't like or paint right over them which makes them usually a murky green color. Then a new day arrives and I have a fresh perspective.
When talking with my husband who is trained in the arts and majored in film studies in college. He asked me why I cut my paintings or paint over them. I said because I don't like them and want to keep the good parts or paint something new without wasting paper. He then shared with me that I am doing Destructive Editing. I asked what that was. He said that with Destructive Editing one destroys the original image and with Non-Destructive Editing one can save the steps of the editing and see the process of the editing.
He referred back to one of my paintings and said that instead of cutting out a part we could scan it and Photoshop part of the painting. That is Non-Destructive editing. I though, 'hmmm'. I've been modifying my photographs digitally for a while as a fun hobby, but I hadn't thought of modifying my paintings. I am thankful I have a wise husband. Overall, I got his point that I need to stop being a Destructive Editor if I don't like my paintings but relish the creative "process" with each step, misstep, and kick ball change. Cheers and happy creating! Enjoy the process!