Improving on a painting that sorta works, but not completely, is often difficult. Sometimes the next painting is worse, not better. Even when it’s better, sometimes it’s subtle.
My first painting of a straw hat, grapes, green vase and a basket wasn’t god-awful, but sure wasn’t a home run.
I couldn’t figure out how to fix it, so I decided to start a completely new painting.
Miracle of all miracles, this one is better … much better. I enlarged the hat, changed the shape of the green vase, adjusted the color of the hat, enlarged the holes in the hat and moved them so the color linked with the grapes, removed the handle from the basket (you didn’t know that’s what it was, did you?) etc. etc.
Whew! Each change was subtle but thank goodness it worked out.