Every January, I sort through my paintings and decide which I will save and frame and which I will recycle. Many go into the recycle pile. It's always interesting to use a recycled panel or piece of paper. The old image remains, sometimes as a ghost, sometimes like a vibrant abstract underpainting. The new painting is influenced by the old painting. It is one way that I "adjust eternity."
Above you see my charcoal drawing for the new painting over the top of a recycled painting. The old painting, a group of roses in front of a brick wall. The new painting, a portrait of my 87 year old father in law.