A couple of years ago, I painted this 20 x 24 inch watercolor that I called Flights of Fancy. I liked the concept, and an incomplete vision of it in my mind, but I was not wild about how the piece turned out. It was a bit too anemic, maybe a little too rushed. Not every piece is a winner… Since I still liked the concept. rather than discard it, I decided to attempt a redo.
I made the birds and the face a bit more realistic so there would be a contrast with the fanciful and whimsical surroundings. I made the background darker and added a ghost of stenciled image. I added more leaves to the tree, and around the woman’s face. I added some shading to the tree, and a little bird snuggled into the leaf “hair” of the woman.
So what do you think? Which do you like better, the original watercolor, or the new mixed media version?