So yesterday I was talking about painting over junk paintings. And it brought to mind one of my favourites that I did like that a number of years ago. This used to be a dreadful swamp/woods painting. It was one of those you stack in your studio backwards because it's so embarrassing - you know what I mean? Anyhow, one day I was going out to paint a peach tree and I sketched in the branches and then started painting in sky. To my delight, when I stood back and looked, a beautiful thing was happening. The darks from the old painting were making this cool web-like layer. *chills* (in a good way) It's one I've never been able to sell because of what it reminds me of: Keep going. I could never have achieved this had I painted fresh on a new canvas. Now don't get me wrong - I LOVE new canvasses - a clean slate. I'm going to continue loving them. But I'm no longer hasty in gessoing over the bad ones. They may be the groundwork for something good.