Same painting, different look. Why can't I ever leave anything in the preliminary stages and then stop, instead of fussing over it until it's completely overworked. The entire mood of this piece has changed dramatically. Dark, elegant, somewhat formal.
Now I've have had to paint the first image again, on another canvas:
Just so I can get that innocence and pure intensity of color back.
I can't decide which one I like better. That's what is really bothering me.