This is the way Rag Doll looked when I showed it to you on September 13. My mother made this doll so it means a lot to me.
This is the way she looks now. I took the painting along one day when Marsha and I painted at Donna's. Donna suggested putting the shadow behind the doll. This gives solidity to the doll. Marsha suggested adding Orange Lake to the shadows of the shoes. The orange-red in the shadows helped to join the blues and whites of the shoes and dress to the rest of the painting. I also grounded the chair by having strands of the shaggy rug overlap the chair legs and added books to the book shelves. I am pleased with this painting.
Here is another painting I worked on. I started two similar paintings of Large-flowered Trillium. The first one I finished long time ago. I decided to use slightly different colors and composition on this one.
This is how the second painting looked when I started playing around with it.
And this is how it looks now. I am still thinking about it. I liked it better when the background was brighter. I think I may add a multitude of faint trillium in the background. Normally, trillium grow in groups. I may leave it as it is and use what I learned from this trillium and the one below when I paint a third painting. The painting below also shows how I positioned it on the paper. The card is to be folded where the white and the painting meet.