this is an old painting from back in 2011. you can see the original blog post here.
i loved the details of the background and the lady’s face and the verse. the other parts, i didn’t love.
in fact, i was kind of embarrassed about the other parts. and i realized… why should i hide one of my paintings away in a box if i didn’t like part of it? especially if i REALLY liked another part. i’m the artist. why can’t i fix this?! ha. maybe some of you could have come up with that conclusion WAY sooner than 3 years later. but it took me that long to give myself permission to paint over the parts i wasn’t in love with.
so first i said good bye to that orange dressed girl. i liked her. she was good to me and i liked her looking over her shoulder and the detail… but sometimes, friends must part. and i was going for simplicity. my life needs more simplicity in it. let’s be honest.
then husbuddy suggested just getting rid of the bird too. i fought that in my head for a little while. i wanted the bird sitting on her hair from the very beginning! but… simplicity kept telling me to just simplify. i’ll like it better if i simplify.
sometimes, even the artist has to give herself permission to let go.
i love having this verse hanging up in my home. it is one of my ABSOLUTE favs.