Well, you may be tired of me mentioning itinerant painter Ammi Phillips yet AGAIN!....but, I do enjoy studying his paintings and seeing how his artistic style developed over his career. I'm not well-versed enough to be able to say, "Well, that painting looks as if Ammi painted it between the years 18__to 18__.", and I probably never will, but I believe a progression of skill can be seen in his paintings. I suppose Ammi is an example of how "practice makes better".
I would think that is the hope of every endeavor of life, be it artistic, or otherwise...that you are able to see a "progression of skills" or growth in your work. (I look back on photos of some of my earlier paintings and my first thought is, "What was I thinking?")!
Ok, on with "not-so-philosophical" thoughts! The reason I bring up Ammi again is that I've just completed a portrait for TDIPT for this month of May. This new portrait is my interpretation of his portrait of "Mary Elizabeth Smith" © 1827. Two years later, Ammi used the same setting to repaint another little girl in almost the same dress and chair, and called her "The Strawberry Girl" © 1830.
I used both of these paintings as references for my own. My little strawberry girl doesn't have a red necklace.....but she isn't sealed yet, so?????, maybe I'll add it later, I just couldn't decide!
I'm also offering a painted silhouette of a small child and a horse pull toy. This painting is reminiscent of the profilist Merryweather's original 1850's papercutting. Please click the links below to visit these offerings and many others by some very talented artists on TDIPT.