I woke up early this morning, thoughts and ideas whirring and flying around. This portrait was one of the things pestering me.
The last photo is where she stands now, though the colors are more saturated. It's there, but it isn't. I am not pleased with the front of her face, nor her forelock and mane. I came up with two "solutions". Either I do some sort of muted, soft and almost splotchy type of background on the left, to tone down the redness of the coloring, and add some local color to her face, OR ... I START AGAIN! [which I really do not want to do] So I think I will leave Miss Maddy for a day or two. I work in the office today, so that will be a good break from painting. Then I'll start playing with the other horse portrait commission, or better yet, do some completely different project.
As always [and even more so right now], all comment are most welcome!!