Originally Posted by theBongolian
The red one. Reduce chroma, add some greens. Tone it down.
If I use the red it won't be so neon, not a literal copy of the photo. The background will be high key, very light, as that is the light source, and softer, out of focus, and the glass objects will be more midtone and shadows and some full of saturation. And I agree with you wholeheartedly - definitely not neon background.
Originally Posted by virgil carter
This is crazy! What's your story? What's important in your painting and what's not?
You're giving all the attention to the background. Your foreground is the story.
Yes, that is why I think the green is better than the red, it lets the focus stay on the glass. Doesn't mean I will paint the background that neon green, or that sharp, I won't be literally copying the photo.
Originally Posted by Journeyman
Great Idea, what is outside your window?
The colours coming in through the window will effect the colours in your stil-life. So I would chose the photo that is closer to the external reality, at least colour wise.
At the moment the green photo reads best with your shadows. The red looks out as there are no red influences in the shadows and reflections. If you want to go with the red park a large red van outside the window
Parking a large red van outside the window
- I never thought of this but the concept is brilliant! Thanks Dave. Whatever I go with, putting something big in the backyard near the window, with the proper color cast, will help when I am painting the objects inside the window.
Now I have decided to paint both. Both will be challenging for different reasons.