Chinese Puppets were Waiting in the Wings

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 Waiting in the Wings, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 17″ x 13″ , 43 cm x 33 cm

This painting Waiting in the Wings was inspired by my jaunts to Cat Street Market off of Hollywood Road, near Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong.  A few of the vendors there sell Chinese Opera marionette puppets. Like the embroidered slippers, I was immediately attracted to them for the variety of color, pattern and personality!

I was happy with this painting when I did it.  After recently getting it out and living with it a while again.  I decided to do some tweaking.  I felt the background was too much the same value as the rest of the painting and wanted to make the puppets stand out more.  I also played around with more value changes on the puppets themselves as well as  some lost and found edges.  With a stencil I created a slight vertical striation very subtly in the background to represent the puppet strings without being to literal.

 

www.kimminichielloWaiting in the Wings before tweaking

 I’m happy with the tweaks.  A painting I thought was finished has a new lease on life!  The title has become even more appropriate. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Chinese Puppets were Waiting in the Wings

  1. It is amazing what difference a little tweaking can make. Good for you knowing just how much to do. (I have ruined many a piece by over tweaking.) This glows with a beautiful linkage of color and value.

    • Thanks Julie, I think I may revisit some other pieces too, since I had success with this one. I think it’s good to spend some time away from them for a while then look at them again with a fresh eye!

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