One of These Things is Not Like the Other

I was inspired to do this drawing one day after falling in love with a photo of a Parisian garden.  I love the leaf patterns and the contrast with the deep brown of the soil.  After doing this sketch I wondered if I could do something like it in acrylics on canvas.  I hemmed and hawed a bit and then decided to try it.  The photo below shows the results of my attempt.

As you can see the two pictures do have some things in common, but don’t look exactly like each other.  The acrylic painting has a much darker background and fewer flowers.  Now I wonder if I had done the painting in gouache  or water colours would I have  captured the  “sunny” aspect better.  Which painting do you prefer?  Perhaps, I will try to do it again in a different medium.

I’m not disappointed with the results, but they are two different paintings.  I didn’t set out to exactly duplicate the drawing, but I didn’t expect the two pictures to turn out so differently.

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