Peruvian Girl's background blues

I only had a little bit of time at the end of the day to work on this, so I tried implementing some of the suggestions I got by asking for advice. Thank you to all those who took the time to offer your good eyes and thoughts. I got lots of suggestions, much of it conflicting. I figure it's just paint and I can try different things until something looks right. I greyed the blanket down a bit by glazing over what was there with its compliment. I first put the fuchsia in the middle stripe and it overpowered the painting. Then I took it way back to a cool greenish ochre. Still looks a bit pinkish, I think. I can see that my stripes don't really match up from side to side and I've lost some of the wave of the fabric. I'll work on it again Thursday.


Karen Hargett said...

Susan this little girl is so cute - you've done a wonderful job. I love her complexion and the colors of her sweater and the delicate textures of her hat. I wonder if the pattern of the stripes mean anything in her sweater?

Amy Gethins Sullivan said...

Very nice Susan,
A little more tweaking here & there and it is beautiful.
The subdued colors in the background are much better. Funny, how color is so powerful.

Jo Castillo said...

Ah, Susan, she is a sweetie. Looking very nice.

Anonymous said...

A nice painting. So much red but you put it all to good use.

I also like your self-portrait. You could call it suntan in a paint tube; much better for your skin health.

Susan Carlin said...

Thank you, Karen. You know, I wondered the same thing. It would be interesting to know.
Amy, it's so true. A slight change of color can rewrite the whole story of a painting. This one's a cliffhanger right now.
Thanks, Jo.
Thanks, Bill. I fell passionately in love with Franz Kupka's The Yellow Scale at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and every now and then have to see if I can surround the figure with the same color they are wearing and get away with it like he did. Jury's still out on this one.