'La Villita Day To Remember' ...reworked.

This is a 24"x36" oil painting I painted last September. I liked parts of it. Hated the 'white' dress and the horrid basket... well, I just couldn't like anything about the little girl, and she was the FOCAL point! Yikes. I hung it at the gallery, but when asked about it, I always felt compelled to say I didn't like it. (?!?) So today, I pulled it off the wall and reworked it. Then I realized I didn't have my camera. So I took these photos with my camera phone. Hence: lousy photos. The pink of her dress isn't quite that pink, I promise. Anyway, I had to show you how I spent part of my day...








13 comments:

Mrs. G. said...

Gorgeous.

Marilyn Moore said...

She's beautiful in pink. Oils afford the luxury of reworking. Watercolors.... you better stop or else! You sure have productive days at the gallery.

janabouc said...

The pink dress is such an improvement. Now she fits into overall picture instead of standing out so much. She is still the center of interest; just not glaringly so. Your previous post about your daughter was thought-provoking for me. Of course we can't separate our lives from our art which, like you were saying, are all of a piece. I tend to think that everyone has broken places, chipped corners, physical or emotional places that got damaged from one thing or another through life but those are the things that make each of us unique and special. There's so much compassion and sensitivity in your work and I'm sure in your heart too--it shows! The expression on that little girl's face is just wonderful -- to me she looks so pensive and curious and proud to be a part of the important event.

Barbara Pask said...

I really love what you did with this. I love the close up of the girl, all the colors I see in her sweet face. Bet you feel great about it now, you should.

Dianne Mize said...

A world of difference. Now you have unity; before the blue dress was a bit jarring. I like to think of color in terms of music; here, warms are played in major mode and cools are taking the minor. Can't believe how much difference it makes to have changed that dress to pink. But it does. You did good! Very good!

Susan Carlin said...

I'm so glay you each think it's better this way, too. I was beginning to think I was too picky. People would say they liked it before and I'd look at them funny. I'll try to get a better photo when I'm at the gallery next.

I'm going to try to assume the landscape artist's privilege of changing what they don't like. I think I'm often WAY too literal. The dress was that horrid white/blue in the photo, so I painted it that way. Yikes.

Susan Carlin said...
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Susan Carlin said...

I'm so GLAD. I'm not so glay. Oh, alright, I'm so glay, too.

Bonnie Mann said...

I like it! Much more cohesive... and I liked it before, too, but can see the improvement.
I look forward to seeing it a week form this Thursday. :)

Cindy said...

The changes you have made are lovely. I really like the little girl in pink now, and I agree about the basket. It really added a touch of elegance to have her holding the rose and ribbons.

Nice job!

Amy Sullivan said...

Yes, you look at her pretty face now, not the dress. The white dress was sort of standing alone in the room. Now, everyone's together. Change for the better. : ) amy

Jo Castillo said...

This is a very nice piece. Much improved and more cohesive. Lovely little girl. Great changes.

karen said...

Love it ! ! !
Karen Wagoner