Saturday, February 5, 2011

"The Belly Dancers' Break" #2 (sold)

Oil on Board

Here's the second version of the painting I posted earlier this week (scroll down a bit to see it.)   I like the first, but felt it got a little fussy with the brushstrokes and I wanted to try it again and see if I could be more direct.  This one feels much better to me!  I can't believe how hard it is to keep loose when there's a larger format.  I DO use larger brushes, but I think that part of it, too, is that I need to keep a feeling of urgency.  It's not that I want to just rush through a painting.  It's that I think it would be good to take an approach that feels like I'm on location and this scene is going to disappear any minute and I want to get the basics down NOW.  No time to noodle!


Susan Roux said...

I like them both, but prefer the first. It's interesting to see a painting redone. Sometimes I think I should just redo some as I finish them, but I don't think I've done that too often. It's a great learning tool.

Kathy Cousart said...

I like them both and would be hard to choose. Really wonderful subject, composition and the colors are beautiful. Fun to see them both and a bit different in size.

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

Nice one Vicki...I think you said it perfectly get'er done no noodling!