Originally posted by Fagan:
I agree with Impulse about the leaves. Also the background is a little too busy next to the grapes, making it hard to see what exactly you have there. (Maybe a change in color? or darker?)The green vase needs to either come in or out of the painting. Look at the top of your two vessels on the left. The openings are not consistent. Your shadows are not consistent. If you are showing the light source from the upper right? (as looking at the bottom left side is darker as if in shadow.) Or if the light source is from the upper left side as shown on your vases and bowl. I know you are perfectly able to pull this painting off, so I hope you do not mind my comments. This would have been better suited to a triangle composition. You have a great start on this painting. I hope these suggestions are helpful.
I appreciate the remarks for the make me take a second look.
The light source is from the upper left.
The vessels do block the light from getting in to that corner and that makes it a bid darker.
The digital photo shows more contrast as the painting, (draw back of digital as well as RGB monitor view, that the darks & lights often seem more intense.)
The white spots throughout the painting are reflections from taking the picture (even thought no flash was used)
but the ceiling light made all the paint bumps jump out as white dots. GRRR
I thought about the green vessel being half out of the painting, but I did that because, I somehow wanted to suggest that there are more vessels beyond what the eye can see, more things on the table that is not in the picture.
That's my photography background.
I try not to put everything neatly on the canvas as if framed. Sometimes I do, but sometimes I want to do something different.
It all may backfire, when I try to sell this baby and nobody wants it.
Then I have egg on my face.
Thanks for the great advise, that I will consider in the future.
I will darken the area behind the grapes a bid or suggest the back of the bowl.