Today's session brought the painting to a "boil" so to speak. It is coming near to completion and standing back from it this afternoon I realized that it has a "wow" factor...I don't feel I get that often. The treatment of the fringe is turning out better than expected and I really like the intense red at the bottom and sides...I think I may just fade out the fabric pattern to allow a lot of that red to show. It helps to drive the eye upward also being out of focus. I need to get a new photo of Chica to work with...have to get those tail feathers right - they got cropped out of my original photos. I'm happy!
One of my followers wrote to ask me about the line of the face meeting with the line of the parrot's head, edge to edge. It was bothering him. I think I posted some early drawings when I started this describing my decision to not have a space between the two heads and not to overlap the bird in front of the girl. Mary Cassatt, a favorite of mine, sometimes lined up edges of subjects in her work and I always was fascinated by the tension that caused. It breaks the "rule" of placement but aren't they meant to be broken sometimes? This is a case where it seemed the right option, at least to me. Much as I have been willing to repaint and repaint, I am NOT going to reposition Chica. I could go on about the relationship of Samanda to the bird and the joining of souls, whatever, but I was never good at second guessing my reasons for my choices. It just is.