Friday, February 22, 2013

Reworking a Painting

I often re-work paintings, sometimes years after they are "completed" and framed.
The painting below, Wedding Gloves, is a perfect example. It was a painting that I liked but never loved; I just wasn't sure what to do about it. One afternoon, I took it out of the frame and started re-working her features, softening the edges and lightening the values. I obscured one of her eyes and softened the curve of her mouth. It looked better, but I still wasn't happy with it. Finally, I lowered her hairline. Aha! Now it is finished. I think the second version has more of the youthful anticipation and attitude that I was trying to convey. What do you think?

Wedding Gloves, 22 x 25", watercolor
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