|"Yellow Tulip Planter" (after; oil, 12" x 9")|
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It's been several months since I painted "Apple Tree Blooming" and "Yellow Tulip Planter" last spring. At that time, I thought they were pretty darn good. Last week I looked at them; they didn't look that great anymore! My critical attitude toward some of my old paintings, I hope, doesn't mean that I am turning into one of those sour, unhappy people who are never satisfied with their lives. It's just that I am growing as an artist and can critique my own work impartially and constructively.
Anyhow I worked on both paintings to see what I can come up with, the second time around. Can you see what I did? For one thing, I got rid of the half of a tulip on the far left in "Yellow Tulip Planter." I don't know what I was thinking back in April! Many an artist has made the same mistake of painting everything in front of her, in this case, in the photo.
Lately I started a new habit of bringing a work in progress to the bathroom to look at it in the mirror. It really helps me to take an objective look at it and I discover lots of awkward things this way--a horizon that doesn't quite match up, a vase with a wrong ellipse, etc. And that is how I realized that the flower had to go.
Over all, I think I strengthened the composition in both paintings. In "Apple Tree Blooming," there is also a stronger sense of light bouncing around. Don't the two spring flower paintings make you feel happy?