To be honest I’m not sure I really see the difference between “recycling and upcycling”. It sort of sounds like a new word to make something that’s been going on for awhile more interesting and fashionable. Perhaps that’s exactly what I am doing when I “re-work” a painting.
Yesterdays “re-work” was a good experience for me. I laughed for one thing as I thought about it in the context of recycling and up-cycling. Actually I think I might have “up-cycled” based on the definition you will find below!!!
I think I was aiming for improved quality by going back to the same site and re-visiting the view. Granted it was the afternoon instead of the morning. Anyway, my original painting was nice although it had some perspective problems. The house was on a nice downward slant to the left, but I could take that in stride. Some of the masters had this kind of thing going on. Honestly though, the piece had been gnawing at me for a re-visit. So I set up and took a risk of coming away with who knows what. I guess it didn’t really matter as long as I learned something in the process.
I haven’t done a lot of re-working. I tend to aim toward finishing and then letting it be, especially with the plein air works. Painting over a painting I am ready to discard is familiar territory but an entirely different experience for me than re-working something. This is the “recycling” aspect I see now!!!
So my experience yesterday as I see it IS more inline with “UP-CYCLING”. I found this description of the term on a Google search.
“…involves turning waste material
or an unwanted product into
a better-quality product.”
I wouldn’t categorize my original painting as “waste material” however I think my efforts and motivation were to create something of better quality. Whether I achieved that or not is up to each individual observer. I had fun experimenting, laughed and learned something about the word “up-cycling”!
Is anything ever really new?