"There is something I don't like about this painting and I am not sure how to fix it. Is it the composition?" - Amyartist - 12-11-18
Those are your words
... and from 4-1-17 you said - "I must say that your critiques really opened my eyes to the fact that I can use a lot more instruction than I've had."
and from 3-25-17 ... "been a computer programmer and teacher most of my life."
So let's start from with what you already know
... and work forward...
As a programmer ... you possibly know the difference between a front-end developer
and a back-end developer
So - being a new painter
... you are at the 'front-end developer' stage.
However by using some computer applications - you can save yourself buckets of paint, not to mention big bucks ... by employing your computer
skills and running your original painting throubh some computer applications ... ie. Gimp or Corel Paintshop Pro.
These applications will allow you to 'jump' your original paintings to the 'back-end developer' stage
... without waiting.
Then you can decide
... if you want to paint what you see.
On 4-1-17 you said ... "I purchased the 24 lesson Vloothuis course on painting."
I applaud that decision. You will obtain the skills ... to paint - what you are seeing in your computer applications.
Having looked at some of your past works - Sunnyside, Yellowstone, Ponds, Gapstow Bridge, Greenwich Village, Smoky Mountain Bears, Warm Flowers, The Proposal and Steve Tyler ... I've come to the conlusion ... painting well is something ... you desire. That's a good thing.
So - let's suggest one technique that works 'globally' for you.
From the little bit of coding that I'm familiar with ... applying a 'global' attribute ... meaning you set this attribute 'one time' and it affects all the future uses of where this attribute shows up ...
should you apply this concept to your painting - you will go from 0 to 60 (so to speak) in months - not years with your painting skills.
Your original Pink Garden Photo ... when run through an 'oil filter' in your computer would look like 'B'
Paint image 'B' a number of times to follow the LIGHT: the color transitions, the cast shadows, the changes from wide brushes to thinner brushes and the gradations of color between foreground, middle ground and background ... that would accelerate your understanding of what is happening with this image.
No need to change the composition (the staging of the flowers) at this point.
In other words ... study the 'global' attribute of how LIGHT affects your colors.
Apply what you are learning in your Vloothuis course ... and you are off to the races.
You will be in good company ... as Turner was known as the Painter of light in the 1800's, and Kinkade was known as the Painter of light in the 1980's.