Monday, May 2, 2011

The Zebra Dream - Revamped

When I got this painting back from a gallery and took another look at it, the background was bothering me.   I didn't like reddish wood flooring in the background, and felt like it competed too much with the zebra-print blanket.  I felt like too much was going on.  I thought that this painting was too different from my other work and that its mood was too tense and not restful enough.  So... I reworked the background.  Here is the before and after:



The Zebra Dream
oil on canvas, 12"x16"

In the end, I didn't hate the first version, I just prefer the second.   I think the second version, with the calmer background gives a dreamier, more restful mood.

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