Sometimes you have to start over. You go too far and ruin something. And then you just have to realize you can't crop it and make it look right. You have to start over.
This one actually looked more like the model, a long, lean, lanky girl with a long face and thin limbs.
(I took this to Deb's yesterday; she and Sharon both said it's not ruined. They saw the version where I cropped it down to her waistband (cuts off that hand, which I did quite well but also cuts off all the orange). We'll hold on to it and see what the new one brings.
But I just took the photo and drew it out again on tracing paper (I never draw on my watercolor paper when I know I'll be doing some adjusting and/or erasing as I draw). Then I traced the drawing onto the watercolor paper - 300# cold press Arches - and began again.
And for some reason, I drew the crow facing the other way this time.
But the first thing to think about is the color - will not stick to the turquoise and orange that was in my mind the first time. Go more traditional. Black and white with the black being a mixture of colors to make a dark blackish color. And less of those darned diamond shapes will give me less fits.
The other painting is coming down the wire and I could feel myself tensing up and thinking I could still ruin it. So began this one to help me take the pressure off of that one. It will be done before Memorial Day (Monday the 31st)! And I may even have this one to enter, too.
Went to Deb's to paint, talk and eat with her and Sharon and a new member of the group, Linda :) Had a great time. We did get a little painting done but there was a lot of catching up and eating to do, too! ha ha