Painting is easier than sculpture. If you don't like something, you start over by painting it out.
It's time for the hard questions: What does it need? and How do I do what it needs?
After painting in the new surround, I made a list. See if you can spot the changes between the image at the top and the finished portrait.
Here's my list:
1. rotate left eye to have same focus as the right eye.
2. Shift highlight on nose to the right.
3. Push the background further back with a raw umber glaze.
4. Make the blue a little duller, also with a raw umber glaze. Dark stars bright periwinkle.
5. Step up her coloring to hold its own against the background and the newly added gold.
6. Vary the line thickness on her left shoulder.
7. Repaint (several times!) that orchid at her cheek.
custom oak door made by Mark Downing.