Sunday, June 8, 2008
What many people don't know, is that we artists sometimes re-work a painting several times until we get it right! This one, for example, started off as a poppy field...then turned into a vineyard, and just last week it became a lavender field! Which version do you like best? I think you will agree that the last rendition is by far the strongest. When I get a painting that just doesn't sell, after sending it through my Gallery circuit, I request the painting come back to me, and I then evaluate what the problem is. In most cases, it is due to color. If a painting is too green...or too yellow, it will sit. People love color! Anything with reds, purples, blues with accents of yellows and greens sells immediately. Those are the colors in which most people decorate their homes. It is true, that the second painting has lots of red, but it just wasn't exciting enough. The background was faded and "blah". The sky, boring. With the third piece, I "brightened" everything up. I made the yellows "pop", and added some interesting clouds to the sky. I even changed the sky color from a weird blue to a wonderful cobalt. I felt it needed more depth, so I added mountains. And the purple against the yellow is always a winning color combo! Using complimentary colors always makes a piece into a WOW!