Areas to work
vs. Negative Space
Many times artists tend
to pay too much attention to the positive space and not enough
to the negative space which is very important for a painting
to look good as a whole. The negative space in this case is the
dark void that surrounds the striped cloth. When this area is
left black (at least it looks this way in the photo) it will
give the idea of empty space which in return tends to trap the
viewer in that area. This painting may look more interesting
if the were laid on a wooden table showing the wood grain in
that negative space. This would give it a logical base on which
the elements were placed also providing for a more interesting
negative space. It sort of seems that it is standing upright;
if so, the ball would roll down.
The stripes on the cloth are very strong visual paths that can
also lead the eye out of the pictures. Look at the bottom right.
The stripes give a movement from left to right thus taking the
viewer out of the picture. I
have changed this movement (as indicated above by the green square).
Now you can see that the stripes are flowing into the picture
instead of outwards. The stripes at the bottom/bottom-left are
fine, as they serve to draw the viewer into the picture.
Very nice work indeed!
Most people are really drawn to hyper realism.