Which One Is Your Favorite?

One of the issues every artist addresses is which style (version) of their image is the right one for their composition. Many people do not realize but painters duplicated their famous pictures many many times (its how they make money). Yet each rendition is basically faithful to the original. My mother met Salvador Dali. She said while there he put a pen onto a piece of paper and did not lift it up until the drawing was done. It is a replica of this famous etching:

I think she gave him $10.00 (hey, it was 1962!). The point was he made many drawings of this subject before he finally settled on what would be his Don Quixote etching. Then he did not change it again. Any variation was from skill or the moment but not editing.

Tonight I have this image that I really like and decided to try some treatments. The first thing I tried was just making her beautiful eyes pop.

However, lately instagram processing has been the rage so I thought I would try doing something like that…

I liked the aging but though it might look moldy (all art is a process of editing). So I tried this (I call it my paper bag process)…

I love the dark colors but wondered if I had drifted too far afield of my original intent. So, being me, I decided to combine the treatments and came up with this…

Problem now is which one is ‘The One’?

Anyone have an opinion?


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