now & then
i came to a decision recently, i don’t remember exactly when, but in the last year or so. i made the decision to stop selling prints of paintings that i used any sort of scrapbooking papers and fabrics in my art. i came to this decision because most likely these papers were copyrighted. i feel really good about that decision because it has forced me to become more creative and keep my integrity as an artist. before i made this decision i still had some prints in stores that needed to be rotated out. and one of my best sellers was the following painting. i had removed it from etsy a while ago. but it had been selling like hotcakes at a call to life here in town. so i knew that i needed to come up with a different version of this painting for future sales. the message is still the same, but the style is completely different. the difference in the two paintings really shows my growth as an artist. some of you might enjoy the original painting more, but the new one shows much more creativity i believe. with the same message i think the new one is just as good, if not better.
i hope you can see my skills improving in these two paintings. the funny part is the original is a copy of another painting that i revamped. who knows maybe a few years from now there will be another hope again painting with even more growth. we will see. but i wanted to leave you with a picture of the original original. probably most likely one of the very first paintings i created. amazing to see how much my work has transformed.
p.s. what’s up with me putting brown all over the color in this painting? i mean hello??? that is so not me!!! i guess i have changed a lot since those beginning days.