Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dotti's Mums Reworked...NO MORE WALLPAPER!

 "Dotti's Mums"
5"x5" oil on gallery wrap canvas
OFF TO OKLAHOMA!

Yep, yesterday Dotti's Mums looked like wallpaper...NOT what I was going for even though the reference was more the middle of a bunch of mums.  What I believe makes this work is it brings the focus back to the particular flowers I was, well, focusing on!  I rather like the way the previous background is a part of the new skyish background I added later.  It brings unity in a subtle way.

Don't be afraid to rework a piece, or even scrap it if you can't make it work like was your vision!  Remember, there aren't really failures...just opportunities for learning and improving your work through experimentation or re working.

One thing I've learned as I've got a few decades under my belt is that not every thing you try is going to be successful, but if you learn a thing or two in the process the value is in that!

Dotti is an old friend of my mother's.  I've known her since I was in third grade.  She and her husband are now living in an assisted living facility in the town where my parents live in Oklahoma and such a sweet couple!  She thinks of herself as an extended parent to us and was talking the other day when my mother was showing her some of my work.  All it took was a simple comment about not having anything of mine and my mom was on it.  Apparently she likes mums (NOT my specialty, but for my mom and Dotti...anything!) so my mom requested a painting for her for Christmas.  Hope you like it Dotti!

I think today will be a blue poinsettia.  I saw the MOST beautiful colors at the last show I entered which was in our famous Echters garden extravaganza shop and just had to snap a few pics! 

Whatever your pleasure today...HAPPY CREATING!!

2 comments:

Watercolorist said...

This is a lovely cheerful piece. The background is perfect. Agree with you about the learning in process. Only problem with watercolors is when you mess up, you really have to start again - no painting over previous work.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Thanks Jean! My watercolorist friend just turns it over...I used to try to scratch, wash, what ever I could think of when I painted in w/c's...whew...I like just wiping or painting over...:) My hat goes off to w/c artists!!

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