Six months ago I was painting egrets using a particular technique, starting with a spray from the mouth atomizer.
One I named Spirit Egret, and thought enough of it to enter it into a competition. Recently my art friend, Liz Walker, visited and took a look at the painting. She made a remark something like, "I think this has potential, why don't you finish it." Finish it!! Yikes! I'd already put it under the eyes of a scrutinizing juror!
But of course as I looked at it, I realized it was missing something, mainly color harmony and unity. I spent last week in the wrestling match of trying to make it better, if not great. Stubbornness is my middle name. Instead of telling you each change I made in the process, I'm presenting a slide show. At the end, let me know if you think I can raise my paintbrush as the winner!
|Spirit Egret when I thought I was done|
|With a little warmth added in the lower part of the painting and completing the halo and putting collage on the top egret|
|Finally letting go of the golden egret idea and turning the halo into a sun while adding one more warm spray over the entire painting after protecting the birds.|
|The final touch, collage the edge of the sun. Patterns are my thing!|
22 x 30
Did I win?