Change for the better

Posted by Lidya Endzo Kun iLLa
An early update this week. I am grabbing what might be the only opportunity I get as we are busy on some quite major projects at home.  We are trying to complete it all before the little ‘un breaks up on Thursday (a day early because the Royal Wedding bank holiday fell during the Easter Break). He is just coming to the end of his first year at school brought some of his paintings home this week – my favourite is this lepoard.
I’ve been revisiting some of my old paintings to try and improve them.  Starting with this butterflies painting, the dark background at the bottom right was too much of a contrast with the other parts of it.  I was proud of it whenever I displayed it in the frame I’d bought “off the shelf” that just happened to fit it exactly.  But, several exhibitions on, it hadn’t quite sold, and I decided to change that part of the picture.
To begin with, I tried making the background pink and green, as if to show a soft focus buddleia behind the one in the picture.  This proved too difficult – trying to get the pink and green, so I decided to create a sunlight effect. First of all, I tried it a yellow background – unfortunately, this looked too bright and stood out more than the butterfly itself. 
I tried playing around with it on the computer, and found that introducing peach/orange toned it down, so tried this on the actual painting itself, and it seemed to be the best solution.

This painting of our old cat, Copper, originally had an air brick built into the wall behind her, so I’ve taken that out, and again substituted the new version on the website.  The painting has sold as a greetings card but the original ain’t shiftin’ – perhaps this will help.
Every time I looked at this Clumber Park Church painting, I thought the grass was perhaps a little too bright, and needed toning down (who needs lime green?)  So that was my third mission this week.

The art group’s general consensus was that my Hunstanton lighthouse painting (see earlier blog posts) needed a darker sky, so that gave me something to do at this week’s meeting. 
Here she is!
I also finally managed to photograph some of Gill’s work for the exhibition brochure, and was pleased with the result. I was able to photograph Gill herself several weeks ago, as she also wanted a better photo of herself in the brochure.
The first of the two Heligan paintings
I have changed each of the paintings above on my selling website, (see top) and have also added two new paintings, both of trees at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, in Cornwall.  Originally, these were featured in my blog as “pen and ink trees”, but as they are at Heligan, it made sense to include that in the name.

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