Monday, February 11, 2013

Reworking the Blue Jay

Sometimes I really misjudge a painting as it comes off the easel. I was really happy with this little 5x7 blue jay study last year (image on the left), but it never got a second look at either of the shows it went to... and that's unusual for these mini bird studies. So I put it back on the easel for a little makeover last week. I really liked the bigger soft brush work in the background of the earlier version and I'm kind of sorry I lost that, but the added warmth if the updated piece is pretty appealing. I'm not really sure if I made it better, but it's certainly different. We'll see if it gets any more attention at SEWE later this week!


Jane Weinke said...

Interesting. It's nice to see them side by side. I'm not sure which I like better.

marc calvo said...

I fill a little more nice the blue jay of the left side,for the most vivid colour tonalities of his blue plumage.