Sometimes other people know better than you do what makes a pleasing picture.
I was painting Christmas cards and decided to watercolor some pictures of Santa Claus for some of the cards.
I painted the Santa Claus, above, as I was painting the cards and posted it on Facebook. I thought it was ok and almost regretted posting it – but then it received one of the highest number of “likes” on this for anything that I ever posted.
I thought I could do better so I painted this Santa #2 and posted it.
Santa #2 didn’t get nearly as many likes. I have to admit that even though the execution on the watercolor was better, the face is not as kind and happy (nor as round) as people expect of a Santa.
This lead me to try one more time. This is Santa #3
Personally, this one is my favorite. I think I got a more 3 dimensional look with the painting and I think his countenance and the fullness of his face is just right for Santa.
Still, Santa #1 was the big hit. So it just goes to show that you never know what people will appreciate most – often, you get it completely wrong yourself if you try to outguess the crowd.