Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Our dog Maple, twice

Here are two paintings of our dog Maple. I thought the front legs were too short and the colors too subdued in the first painting (Maple III at the bottom) so I did second one (Maple IV at the top). I had a bit more perspective on Maple's body (the butt is smaller and recedes more), but now I don't notice much difference in her front legs, hmm... So I ended up with two (very) similar paintings because whatever I like in one painting, I tried to reproduced in the other one...

The question now is: which one is better? Ken prefers the first one (Maple III) because Maple stands out more and the overall colors. I prefer the second one (Maple IV) for her facial expression and the colors. Do you have a preference or is there not enough difference between the two paintings to make a choice?

Maple IV, Oil, 12 x 16"
Maple III, Oil, 12 x 16"

3 comments:

Jo Castillo said...

You made my smile for the night. :) I like Maple IV for the same reasons you do. I like richer color and it looks that way on my computer. Either one passes for the other reasons. Sorry, it is a draw! Lovely paintings, lots of feeling.

Johanne Morin said...


Thanks Jo I appreciate your comment. I enjoyed the challenge and I may have to trying again (later) to get a "definite" winner :-)

BJ said...

I like the second one better because of the light. They both make me a bit homesick for all of you.