Often, when I paint two similar watercolour paintings of the same subject, I find myself caught in a pros and cons crossfire between the two paintings. Sometimes, the decision between which of the two I prefer is quite cut and dried. On other occassions, it can be more challenging, yet I always feel compelled to try to make a choice.
Here’s the first version I did of this Tokyo side street:
This is a quarter imperial sheet and I enjoyed painting it so much that I thought I’d like to do a larger version, just for fun. Here’s my second effort:
And, for ease of comparison, the two side by side: first to give a sense of scale/proportion…
… and secondly for a more direct compare and contrast:
I like the warmth and lightness of the first, smaller painting, but prefer elements such as the car and some of the dry brush strokes of the second more. I can’t deny that it’s quite a nice problem to have; two paintings of the same scene that I like sufficiently well that it’s hard to choose between them. I think they both stand up in their own right and it’s only by looking at them side by side that there’s a natural tendency to compare and contrast.
I suppose it’s also quite nice that I don’t actually have to choose between them!
I’d love to hear what others think about these two. Do you prefer the smaller v the larger, the lighter v the darker?