I have been doing quite a bit of looking at my older paintings and thinking, “I’m sure I could do better than that.” As an artist, you are always developing your skills and stretching your experiences, so what was a really good picture in 2013 is no longer the best you can do.
You could ask, “Why not just chuck the old one away and start again?” Some artists do, but I am always aware of the investment of time, energy and materials that I have already made into a picture. It seems better to improve it from where it was finished previously.
I’ve made a short before and after video, talking about the changes that I have made and why- https://youtu.be/i0VEzd3n6Z8
Here are the before and after photos of “Journeys in autumn.” 2013 and 2021