|original, 18" x 11", oil on canvas|
It's been hanging in my living room for a few months, and finally it struck me that there's just too much white in it. It looks chalky. I know some painters rarely use white, and now I begin to see why. In the 16 months since I painted this, I've come to rely on it less and less. Mostly I use white in shadows now, which may seem a little contradictory, but sometimes I like the way it looks with that smoothed-out color. The white actually grays the shadows.
Anyway, I decided this painting looked lifeless and zombie-like. ZOMBIE PAINTING.
(Which, btw, there's an artist on DPW who does very original zombie paintings, if you're interested).
|improved version (same size :-)|
That and take a photo that's not blurred :-)
I like it. Perhaps it lacks some of the impact of the original, but it's a more attractive painting overall, and I think the foreground crape myrtles stand out better from the background now.
You can view and buy the new improved Spring Crape Myrtles here.