Friday, July 14, 2017

Giving An Old Painting A Face Lift

Last December I completed a painting.  I will post it later but it was of a girl and a dandelion.  I had never painted a dandelion puff before so I watched a few You Tube tutorials. This is the one I found that worked the best for me:
Then I set off to practice & finally applied the technique to canvas.  I was very happy with the way the painting turned out.  The dandelion was just what I wanted and the little girls face was cute too.  I had painted her before but liked this face better.  The painting hung in my house and I got many compliments on the dandelion.  After living with the painting for 6 months I decided that it was lacking something.  I have started a new group of work and am really trying to concentrate on incorporating the figure with a background. There just seemed to be too much space.  Plus I did not paint her arm the first time around & that was bugging me as well.

The other night I drew her arm.  I then watched the dandelion video again as a refresher.  This morning I updated the painting.  I also glazed it to warm it up.  I think it is much better now.  I guess what I am trying to say is do not be afraid to change your mind.  Sometimes I think a work is done but after I live with it for a while a creative jolt hits me over the head and pushes me to do more. Trust your gut.  It is only paint.  If the work is lacking you've got nothing to loose.

Here are the before and afters.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Until the next time... Peace!

                                                    ~Donna~




3 comments:

  1. Stunning. Really beautiful.

    Enjoy your weekend.

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  2. The first one is nice too, but yeah, the flesh of the arm I think added to the overall picture.:)

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