I'm almost done with the process of deciding what stays in the shop and what goes. And after making the tweaks to "Sometimes I Forget", I've definitely had my eyes open for other pieces that could use some sprucing!
My inner perfectionist is having a field day finding what she perceives to be flaws in some of my "best" pieces and being allowed to make improvements. I'm telling you: She is cackling with delight.
I get requests fairly often about making changes to prints and most of the time, the answer is that I just can't do it. Mostly people want eye color or hair color changed and that's just not something I'm comfortable with since, for me, digitally altering with the hair and eye color almost always looks supremely wonky and out of place. But I do enjoy tinkering with backgrounds and such.
This print is actually from a custom piece I did based on my previous painting, "Extraordinary". The lovely woman who commissioned me to paint it for her daughter loved the original painting but just wanted a different hairstyle and some color changes. The light lime green background worked really well on the actual painting...but somehow, it never quite translated in scans in a way I was head over heels with.
The original "Extraordinary":
The blonde version:
I found myself thinking, "Wouldn't a nice, light blue background make her eyes pop like crazy?" (which sounds kind of painful and not good, actually). So the background became a sky and the floor became grass.
Before, I liked it. Now, I kind of LOVE it.
(I ordinarily do not sell prints of custom work, but in rare cases, where it is something not too personal or tied specifically to the buyer, I'll ask if they'd be okay with it and offer a discount on their painting if they are.)
I also made some minor changes to "I'm The Boss". I think she was perfectly fine as is and has been one of my strong sellers, but every time I printed it out, that bright pink around her arms just shrieked "BLOTCHY! BLOTCHY!" at me. So now, it's gone. :) Bye bye, blotch!
Next time, I will have a brand new painting to show off...that is, unless my inner perfectionist wins out and I'm unveiling the new background to the original version of "Extraordinary". She's screeching to have a go at it, but I'm trying to convince her she's had enough fun for the time being!
See you soon,