Courtney posted an entry awhile ago regarding redoing finished pieces. Usually I try to stay away from attempting to redo something I've already worked on from start to finish. I have found that I end up even more frustrated and unhappy than when I began.
However, I decided to try it with my Illustration Friday entry for "fresh." It took three different sketches for me to finally pin down what it was I wanted to do, and after all of that, I still ended up dissatisfied. My opinion was that the girl in my final piece looked heavy, like a statue stuck to the ground. I wanted to show how the fresh fall breeze made her feel! Invigorated! Alive! ReFRESHed! Stuck to the ground was not what I was going for.
Luckily this little lady crept out into my sketchbook, so I decided to give her her due, and attempt to create a finished painting with her. I am extremely pleased with the results. In fact, I'm down right thrilled to be adding her to my portfolio. It took me a total of five hours to complete her, not counting the time it took to actually put her into my sketchbook. When I was rinsing out my paint brushes later, I glanced at the clock and said to myself: "It is not 2:30!" Well, it was. This painting put me in a time warp, and I lost five hours to her. I think it was well worth it!