Two Babies and A Show

9:10 PM

Here is Little Miss Priss. This is the baby portrait that I started a few days back BEFORE I was waylaid by the Twilight Zone and a snake. I probably shouldn't be showing this portrait at this stage as she's really ugly with no eyelashes and hair. A lot of this is direct painting and is not quite right as I have some areas that are off. Rather than trying to correct it, I started over. The jury is out as to whether I will attempt to finish this - flaws and all.

Below is my second attempt on Baby and this is actually more closely related to the way I normally paint than the methods I used above. She still has an alien look and the shadow on her forehead looks more like a bruise. I'm going to put some time in on her tomorrow, and if we're not heading in a direction I like, she'll be seeing the inside of a drawer for a while. I don't find a whole lot of value in continuing to beat a dead horse. Or in this case, a dead portrait.
I have mentioned to some of you in email or on Facebook or in a prior post that I was entering a local show here. I went to a two hour critique today, given by the judge on the pieces in the show. I had two out of three pieces juried into the show. My award, I'm hoping, is to be found in her critique and insight into my work. She had some interesting feedback for me. 

I'm still absorbing all that she had to say (and it was a lot) and then I'll see what bubbles up to the top and will then take those suggestions and experiment with them. Entering and/or judging shows is always a difficult thing in that you're subjected to just one person's opinion. I enter shows with an attitude of "what can I learn?" and I do believe there is something to be learned from each experience.

I see a few more mountains ahead of me, and a couple of sheer rock faces as well, but then I always did like a challenge.

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