Last year I did this canvas:
It's kind of a hot mess. Last weekend I decided to paint it over and try again.
This is as far as I got last weekend. I knew something was off, but I wasn't quite sure what.
Then last Tuesday night I decided it was the jaw. And the shoulder was too far away. And I didn't like the mouth. And the right eye was weird and droopy. And she was just creepy and without a story. So I set out on another re-do. The first step was cleaning up all my mistakes - correcting the proportions and the features.
And then something new just started to emerge.
And here's the final (for now) version:
I'm calling it "On Her Wedding Day." I kind of like the metaphor of the strips of paper (like bars on a cage or something) underneath the painting of a bride. Here's a close-up where you can really see the texture of the paper underneath:
I'm trying to ignore the fact that she looks vaguely like Kim Kardashian. I think it's something about the pouty mouth and the severe brows. Regardless, she looks hopeful to me. And yet I feel like the painting hints at the possibility of a sinister future. The scroll work in the back -- like a wrought iron gate. A passage into something. But also a wall. And her blueness -- is she a ghost?
Here's what I wrote on the original canvas: "Even though he had broken her heart and shattered her trust, she still believed in happily ever after. She still had hope." Interestingly, I think that story still works with this new figure.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the process!
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