There is a struggle with every painting, though it gets easier with more experience, to paint over something that you like to make the painting better as a whole. I will often take a photo of the painting before I dive into the new change, just to have a record of it and to help me “let go.”
Then it occurred to me, why not incorporate some of this process into the final product?
I began by creating a painting. Then took a photo of it. Then I collaged the photo into the painting. Took another photo. Collaged that in, and so on. After many layers and letting the entire collage dry thoroughly, I took a deep breath and plunged in to re-paint the painting over the “process.” By using transparent colors in this final layer, the “process” shows subtly through the final image.
Here was the original painting (its 48" x 60")(and remember you can click on the image to see a larger version of it):
Here it is partway through the collage process:
And here's the final painting, titled "Ephemeral":