Last week I asked if anybody could see the mistake I had made in my painting. Somebody did reply, highlighting a different issue from what I had not noticed. And I appreciated her comment. I will tell you about the mistake I saw first then tell you about the one she pointed out.
Here is the original painting.
In the first image below, the stems and calyx of the rosebud are too light and it looks to me like the leaves and rosebud are floating just like I had forgotten to paint them. In the second image below, you can see where I have added the rust coloured paint it looks like the leaves and bud are attached.
The other thing you might notice is I made the inside of the nest darker as it makes it look more hollowed out. This is because somebody said: ‘I think it is to do with the nest – the birds are standing at the bottom of it.’ In my mind they were sitting on the edge but I thought about it and I can see how she saw it like that and think it is because I didn’t darken the inside of the nest so there wasn’t enough defined shape. Now that I have made the changes I am definitely happier with it even it might not be perfect.
Thank you for your comments. I appreciate them. I am still in a quandary about the colour of the open roses. I have a feeling that when I have varnished it the coloures will deepen and I will be happy with it. It is a chance I am willing to take as I have not varnished over paintings in over 20 years.
I hope you are also getting up to something creative. x