Ok, the struggle continues. This morning I spent a couple more hours. I just could not let this painting stay the way it was. Yes the shadow work I did yesterday was better but now the background needed more contrast and the flower's highlights needed to be lighten.
The brightening of the pieces of blue in the upper part of the background really made the whole thing pop. Now I think I can go on but I thought that yesterday too. So you know I am not kidding, I am posting it to Daily Paintworks today if my computer will let me. Computers can be finicky just like artist. Sorry for the long post but I thought you might what to know what goes on in my crazy art world.
I have not done a waterfall in awhile. I forgot how much I love painting waterfalls. I really enjoy the challenge it is to create a wide variety of brush strokes, splashes of opaque color and streams of transparency in the water. Just what I needed to loosen up. This was inspired by a photo by Cindy Crooks from a Facebook page: Photos for Artist. Thanks Cindy for the wonderful photo. I posted Cindy's photo below.
Worked on my painting some more. I used a photo from Jacqueline Francis a photographer who donates photos to be painted. I thought it was a seagull but found out it is a tern. Terns look like seagulls so you can see why I thought this was a photo of one. So now the title is: Your tern to be Life Guard or Tern?
I also noticed last night that I did not lighten up the dark hues. When a camera takes a photo it has the tendency to make all the dark hues the same value. The shadow on the back of the bird of the birds head was the same value as the dark grey on the wing in the photo. It just did not look right. It looked more like a spot of color instead of a shadow. I posted Jacqueline's photo below.
If you are wondering why I flipped it, I just thought it looked better having the focal point ( the tern's head) in a better position in the composition. I wanted the viewer to enjoy all the grass colors before leaving the painting.
Here is a question for everyone: Should I change the title to just Tern?