I like this layout better. Although ...I am having second thoughts about finishing the first one. Indecisions, indecisions...Remember, it's the practice that's important.
A light wash just to check the composition before applying paint.
My wife came in took one look at the flowers in the ink well and my over stuffed arrangement and made a few adjustments. ( For the better I think, but don't tell her.)
When I went to commercial art school, 150 years ago, they taught lettering. I was never very good at it. This was my fourth attempt at the title on the book, and my guide lines were crooked again!!! The easiest way I found to get a clear letter was to scratch it out with a nail.
oil on masonite panel
I placed the ink well on top because Jane Austen hand wrote all of those amazing stories with a quill and ink. Try writing a letter to someone with a pen that you dip into ink. They will enjoy it and you'll have a great lesson in patience.
Self critique time:
Today's critique is very simple, I don't think I did one thing right in this painting.
Oh my dear Jane...am I prejudice or just proud?