9/4/11

JUST A LITTLE CHANGE

A slight change to this Irish woman's expression made this picture more appealing.  The original, shown below the finished painting, seemed to have a sour expression on her face.  By making a minor adjustment to her inner lip line and lip corners as well as to her eyes and brows, her expression is more gentle and evocative. 

This TAPE BATIK painting won a first place at a show this weekend, too.  Some may be bothered by the 'square' within the faces.  Putting it there was important to me.  This beautiful couple seemed to be totally melded.  They were lovely to talk to and so gracious as they viewed the trip through the train window.  The square represents their balanced life together as well as representing their apparent outlook on life, and is symbolic also of the train window.

Using my TAPE BATIK method to create skin, especially faces, is challenging.  This process will be taught at a five day workshop in Dallas, Texas in late October. Hope to see some of you there.


"IRISH EYES"  Watercolor TAPE BATIK on Hot Pressed Crescent Board

7 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Sandy, the slight changes do create a dramatic change in the lady's expression! No wonder this painting received top honor at your recent show - it is an amazing painting. I close my eyes and keep seeing this woman and her wonderful blue eyes!

meera said...

so impressive as to how you can tweak a painting and take it a level beyond wonderful! Congratulations on the award --very well deserved indeed :) And good to see you back.

Studio at the Farm said...

Amazing what those tiny changes did to the woman's expression. I like the "window", and its symbolism. And congradulations on your award!

Sadami said...

Hi,Sandy,
Wow...!! Very impressive. Both are nice, but the changing implies how sensitive and caring you areʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ! Have a wonderful time at a workshop.
Kind regards,Sadami

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thanks again for explaining the reason for the changes and the 'square' window. The colours amaze me and the subtle look on her face you have created with the tweaking - its no wonder it won the award. Oh I do so wish you created DVDs for sale for poor us over here in England who can't get to your batik courses.

Ann Buckner said...

Sandy, simply wonderful painting. The changes you made brought forth a more gentle look to the woman. A really good idea to use a less than obvious square to show them as a joined couple after years and years together. Have always admired your creativeness. Congrats on the win at the show too!

Nick said...

you're my go-to artist for fascinating techniques, and this one is another winner. tape & batik!