Friday, October 28, 2011

Paint Party Friday - From Bad to Good

If you visited me last week then you know about the awful painting I showed. I talked about how frustrated I was with the whole thing and I was thinking about gessoing over it and just starting over but I loved the background.

I read all your comments and thought about what you said and I kept looking at the painting. I finally realized her hair was the problem! It was just too dark so I gessoed over the black hair and decided to blend her hair into the background a little more....


I like her much better now. Sometimes you just have to keep trying until you get to a place where you're happy with what you've done....she's much better than she was before....not a masterpiece but then I'm not Picasso!


I added a bit of the washi tape on the left side along her hair and it tied in with the tape on the right side. You can see my paint palette along the edge of the photo....


I learned about this in a class I took with Shiloh Sophia . She used a small, flat Huggies container for her palette. You can wipe it out easily or close it up and come back later and your paints will still be usable. Plus if you want to hold it, it isn't heavy and bulky. I really like using it.

Please be sure to stop by at Paint Party Friday to see what everyone else has been painting.

51 comments:

  1. shawn9:02 AM

    Beautiful! I love the turquoise hair! You've done a fantastic job :)

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  2. Great idea for a palette, and I knew you would "fix the girl", I really liked her hair but you were right, that made all the difference
    Now she does not need a veil.
    I love turkey with avocado....I use to get that at a dellie in the Keys, just thinking about it is making me hungry.

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  3. You fixed her up good. I do like the way she becomes part of her own background.

    That's a great idea for a palette by the way!! Bet they would charge 3 times the price if you bought that in an art store... and you wouldn't get the free wipes!!

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  4. So amazing one one change can do. Having looked at the original your so right, the background was just wonderful and now the hair colour has changed it's really very good Dxx

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  5. Very pretty! And the huggies container is pretty genius. Sometimes I try to keep my pallet with plastic wrap, but I end up losing most of it when I take the plastic off anyway. I'll have to try this! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. how wonderful that you stuck with this piece until you liked it! It is wonderful and black hair can be hard to pull off.

    thanks for sharing your huggies container. it would be great if they all got recycled for artists instead of being thrown into a land fill.

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  7. She does look wonderful against the background!

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  8. very cool idea for palette
    and you know by no (i hope so) i adore this painting!

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  9. Love the painting and colors ~ Kool! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) ~ Happy PPF ^_^

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  10. I've been very spotty with my PPF visits of late and have missed this whole series. Now I'm caught up (and following) and I can see why you were reluctant to give up on that fabulous background. I think her turquoise hair with the circle stamps is perfect and the bits of tape pull it all together. (and that palette idea is genius!)

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  11. i like it, i'm glad you were able to savage the background. you little paint pallet idea is great.

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  12. Seriously she looks so pretty and soft now! You were right about the hair, I thought she looked masculine before. Love the colors and how she pops off the background. I do love that background too!!! Are you linked to paint party friday? Oh and thanks a million for sharing that wipes container...I was going to ask where you got it! Fabulous idea, many times my paints dry up because I bag an old lid with paint!! Love this post!! Thanks for sharing the process!

    Hugs Giggles

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  13. I really like her now that she is much more related to the background. I didn't doubt you to fix it. Not Picasso, well at least Picassolino! :-)
    Have a nice weekend!

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  14. She turned out really nice! I was sitting in front of the computer with Flickr opened to "my contacts" and up popped her gorgeousness. I left a comment there.

    I like those baby wipe containers..used to use them with the baby wipes in to clean stamps. Never tried as a paint palette(yet).

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  15. Yep I agree she looks good now...love the pallette idea as well

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  16. Love the new hair!! And I always loved her very interesting face. Great fix and beautiful painting.

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  17. I thought she looked great last time and now she looks even more better this time!

    Her new color really makes a big differences and I also love the colors of blues too.

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  18. Wow! Very nice, I really like the color you chose for her hair and how it blends with the background...her eyes are pretty too. Happy PPF!

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  19. I love the finished product now and that was a great solution... as to the palette... that is genius!.. happy PPF x

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  20. shes's gorgeous, I love her new hair color!

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  21. She looks great! I LOVE the Huggies/paint-palette tip...inspired idea for re-use!!

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  22. You are so right about the hair! The turquoise gives it the transition into the background so that the painting is much more cohesive. Love it.

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  23. Jan,
    I just love your entire story.
    I think your 'girl' painting is lovely!
    She is so prim and I love her hair color!
    I also thank you for sharing what you did about the baby wipe container. I will have to go buy one now..
    Thank you ..
    Happy PPF!
    ♥Darlene

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  24. what a great tip about the paint pallette, I love the lady both ways, wow you did a terrfic job

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  25. Isn't it a great feeling to fix it better. It looks great and the colors work so well together.
    Love the palette and I don't know a soul who uses Huggins, darn.

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  26. I love the colours you chose for this painting!!!! wonderful work!!!!

    Happy PPF and pop by for Sweet Saturdays!!!!

    Hugs
    Diana

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  27. What an excellent recovery, I think you got it just right Janet! Happy PPF!

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  28. She is gorgeous! The color of her hair happens to be one of my very most favorite colors!
    :-)

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  29. WOW!! She is gorgeous. I just love what you have done with her hair.. I can see why you didn't want to gesso over the background. It looks wonderful..

    ~Linda

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  30. Excellent, I love the colors, the brightness and the wholeness of it. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  31. Hi Janet...I like her a lot! I love her hair color. That is a great palette idea...thanks for sharing. I couldn't get Shiloh's site to open up...I'll try again later.
    Mary

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  32. i went to see your other version and i like the changes you made! happy PPF!

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  33. I went to your other blog first. Again, this turned out lovely! & the huggies container for a palette is a great idea!

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  34. Love her new hair and the background is awesome. Looks like this piece turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing your creativity. Happy PPF!

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  35. This is such a beautuful painting, I like how you pushed through and overcame the problem, it's a much better painting for it.

    The palette is genius.

    Happy PPF!

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  36. you know I'm a sucker for blue hair chics... and yours is gorgeous per usual. thanks for sharing the tips you ve picked up!!!

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  37. oh wow, she fits perfectly. The hair color really works with the background!

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  38. Yay! You saved it! Now she's just gorgeous. Bravo!

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  39. Love art because if you don't like it you can change it! You have worked your magic with her.
    Awesome Janet.

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  40. hmm... I thought I posted in something here yesterday now cant find it! lol! so popped in to say how great this is looking... I really really love that shade of torquise and the lady looks just fantastic!

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  41. LOVE your solution making-over her hair! It is gorgeous!

    Great to see your use of washi tape, too. I just learned about this tape recently and you've inspired me to give it a try!

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  42. Definately an improvement, the hair is gorgeous! Really beautiful work on this piece. ^-^

    // -T.W-

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  43. Looking at the two, the dark hair was definately too hard. Amazing what a colour change can do. Good on you for not giving up. Great tip about the huggies container as well.

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  44. Wow Janet you should be please she looks fabulous! I like the paint palette idea. I may have to go down the baby aisle the next time I am out shopping.

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  45. LOVE the direction you are going with her now. it is beautiful and soft. Happy PPF!

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  46. Oh she's gorgeous and the perfect blend with the background! I love it! And the huggies palette is a great idea!

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  47. I missed seeing your 'awful' painting (and am having a hard time even imagining you making such a thing - I always love your paintings - though I do understand, sometimes things just don't look right to the person making them, no matter how much others may like them...). Anyway, I'm really glad you didn't gesso over it all. This looks great! I especially like her expression and the aqua blue reminds me of mermaids.
    Oh - and thanks for the 'huggies tip.' What a good idea!

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  48. I´m very much into turquoise right now, her hair is amazing!
    Are you using acrylics or oils? Are those circles stamps or rub ons?
    It seems we were in the same creative space this week, not being happy with the results but not giving up. :)

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  49. I do love what you have done with her Janet, totally transformed and she goes much better with that lovely background. You certainly know how to rescue a painting. I love that circle dot stamp you have used, is it a stamp or a stencil?
    Lee:)

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  50. I like her both ways! She is lovely. Thank you for the idea of the wet one tray. Great idea!

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  51. I love the colors in this. I'm so glad you didn't give up on her!

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