Gah! I don't even like looking at it in this state! Well, I considered it finished, I framed it, and even displayed at a gallery, but I never liked the thing really. For one thing, the hand on the left is all wrong. I can see where the left hand and shells makes sense to be blurry, and I drew it that way on purpose, but as the arm comes toward you, the viewer, it should be entering that area of tighter focus that shares the same depth-of-field as the right hand and shell. That would be the photographic term for it. Anyway, that doesn't happen in this drawing. And yet, that's not how I cared to correct it. I was ready to saw off a couple inches on the left side, and the top, and re-center the rest of it after painting the background solidly with a smooth, matte paint. And YES, that's exactly what it needed, in my humble opinion. And frankly, the primary opinion I'm concerned about, when it comes to my artwork, is my own! But if feedback from others is important at ALL, my decision to alter this artwork was confirmed as the correct course of action by the mere fact that the piece sold immediately after this change occurred. Actually, it sold before I was completely finished with it. So, do you agree that this change was the way to go?
I'm also in full swing selling my beaded bracelets for the holidays. After finally completing two display racks, my bracelets look more professional. I purposely made the displays with a rustic look, and that style also blends well in the two galleries I've chosen to sell my work: Art Connections Gallery in LaGrange, TX, and Mosaic in Smithville, TX.