Sunday, February 28, 2010

Alice in Wonderland... to antique or not to antique?

I'm almost done with these pieces... but I'm in the middle of a predicament: should I add the vintage wash or should I leave them like that? I just can't decide!


They look so beautiful with the vibrant colors that I'm afraid to ruin them If I add the antiquing patina... at the same time I'm thinking it will make them more dreamy and mysterious...








Could you help me decide? What do you think?

48 comments:

Suzanne-Poplar Street Prims said...

My vote is to leave them like they are! I usually like things more dark and antique but these are just too gorgeous in their bright colors to antique them. I am sooo into this whole Alice in Wonderland thing. I can't wait to see the movie. I love your set of paintings... wish I could afford to buy a couple!! LOL You do awesome work!!

inkyheart said...

I love them just the way they are. AmAzInG!!!!!!

icandy... said...

They are simply amazing!!!!
oxox
Christina

catalina4fire said...

I vote for not. I love them all.

Nicki said...

I love the antique finish but on these particular pieces, I honestly think you should leave them vibrant--that's how I would purchase them. They are truly BEAUTIFUL just how they are! :-) Great work!

LIa said...

I love these! And I don't think you should antique them, they already look a bit antiqued. And the bright colors you have really make them pop, which I think is the whole idea behind Alice in Wonderland.Gosh they are just beautiful!!!
ox
Lia

Shonna said...

That's a tough one, but I think you should leave them as is. The colors are beautiful!!! Just my two cents.

Sabbio said...

Antique patina, it's your touch and suits this subject! :)

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

I can certainly offer my opinion...
and that is that they look brilliantly wonderful as is...and they would look rich with a slight stain to them too....
do they all have to be the same finish? can you not offer some in the fresh and some in the forgotten!

hope that helps...
i'm having a small giveaway...come give me a shout....

ciao now!
carmelina

thicklygrownwithweeds said...

Oh these are just divine!
I say antique, but I love antique. Hubby says you can't antique them, he's terrified (isn't he cute?).
Not much help, eh?

bLu eYd YoGi said...

paper around the edges. no antique.
LOVE them!
love YOU!
xo.
e.

Bonafyde said...

They all look so gorgeous and I love the brightness of the colors as it really does capture the essence of Alice in Wonderland.

I think I would do a test run of the patina to see if I like it before committing. I'd make a print of one of the pieces and then layer the patina over top so I could get an idea of what it would look like.

Alicia said...

Oh, my gosh, the detail in your work really shows in these close up and angled photos! I love vintage washes, but I have to say that I'm really loving the bright, coming out of winter feel these pieces have. Perfect for this time of year.

Minasmoke said...

I agree with Bonafyde, make a test over a print... In both case, your work will be gorgeous ;)

Little Green Doll said...

They look so beautiful in this way!! it's a difficult decision, but I'm sure they will look great also with the antique look...

art.soul said...

i love it the way it is right now...
my opinion

love your art + blog ;)
greetings from Portugal

Peggy / Blissfactory said...

I love them like that. I love the bright colors. It makes them witty.

Cecilia e Helena said...

I LOVE the vibrant colors!

PaperPumpkin said...

I love them as they are, too! Your colors are gorgeous! Ahhh!

andrea creates said...

I'd leave 'em :)

Anna Bartlett said...

I think you're right. With this subject bright is good. They've gor detail and texture already. Gorgeous. Well done.

Ana Gonzalez said...

¡Ay que precioso Danita!

Reiterarte, que tu colgante me encantó y que ya lo llevo puesto aunque estoy en ropa de casa, ja, ja, ja.

lillalotta said...

Oh how difficult. I would say have a collection with and one without. But I can only imagine the amount of work. Stunning. Very beautiful.

Ana Gonzalez said...

Se me olvido contestar a tu pregunta.

No sé que pátina usas, betún de Judea u óleo. Si usas óleo siena o sombra natural para envejecer es más suave que el betún de Judea, aunque este también lo puedes rebajar con trementina, que eso seguro que ya lo sabes.

Me refiero a que puedes darle una pátina ligera que se vea un poquito envejecido, porque tal como dices le añade un poco de mágia, pero si no estas muy segura dejalo así.

oldblackcatboo said...

This time, I'd say no antique.
Usually I like that look but these are so awesome just the way they are.
You are so unbelieveably talented!
WOW!

Alison said...

Alice in Wonderland is always such a bright, colorful place in my mind, that these characters seem to have the right feel right now. My vote is as is! Beautiful work; you have such a talent.

Flor Larios Art said...

Asi estan perfectos!

Fair Rosamund said...

Wow that is a tough one! I think they would look beautiful either way, but I would say that you could definitely leave them as is, your use of color is just stunning!

Tina Eudora Smith-Hart said...

I think they are gorgeous like the are! The colors are vibrant and that is what Alice was all about. It was my favorite childhood story and in my mind the colors were always fresh and magical.

Gina Purlia Johnson said...

I vote no!
It's funny...I did Alice designs back in the 90's!!! I love them still!!

Colleen said...

These are so fabulous...I'm with bonafyde...I would make a copy and do a test run. I'm always for antiquing but I can see your dilemma.

Theresa said...

Antique them they'll have that wonderful old world charm. :0)

Danette said...

those colors are BEAUTIFUL almost unreal. leave them.

you are an amazing talent.

jessica said...

i like them as is.

KindredSpirit said...

totally agree with the majority - leave as is. they look great!

Karen said...

These look beautiful as they are.
Beautiful clear colours...
Kx

audrey said...

Danita, these are WONDERLAND WONDERFUL!!!! Either way, antiqued or not!!
♥ audrey

Marie: The Enchanted Artist said...

no! don't antique them! they are lovely just as they are.

Vintage Blue Studio said...

They'll look wonderful either way. I sooooooo want the Cheshire cat!

Diane Costanza said...

Leave them vibrant. The story of Alice in Wonderland, although vintage itself, is a vibrant story and your paintings stand up justas they are.

Patty S said...

hi danita! i think you should leave them - the colors are gorgeous! and alice in wonderland in my mind is colorful and vibrant.
love them all! :-) xo

JUNKER JANE said...

hmmm, it seems the vote is to keep them fresh, but i say antique them... I have this battle with my plush...in the end it is up to you but giving them that antique look keeps them classic. to me anyway.

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

OH WOW...they're stunning the way they are...but it is your signature to antique them!
Hard one to decide.
Oh, I have an idea...you can offer prints which are bright and not antiqued and prints which are!!!
And Antique the originals.
HUGS
Char

Whimsical Creations said...

I love them as is. They are wonderful!

Jennifer said...

Leave them as is, Danita, they are lovely, vivid and wonderful!

Art Toy Universe Studio Ca said...

Love your style.

Ellen Borggreve said...

I would leave them the way they are. They are gorgeous and they certainly brightened up my day :)

i3lh4m said...

so antique....I love them