A bunch of drawers that draw.
Thank you so much Gayatri for taking the time to see and write back. There is so much to learn!
Its an acrylic painting ... so I can take some liberty and try to correct the problems without spoiling it.
very well put, Asha. :)
I think I'll have to equally applaud Gayatri's critque and Arundhati's painting... this was wonderful to read/view... thank you guys!
I'll only add this comparative pic to the discussion, Gayatri has said it all.
These are grayscale versions of the ref and the painting, posterized (i.e. color depth reduced) to four colors only. This is a helpful way to analyze the value distribution in a painting/image. Gayatri has mentioned the need to create visual accents through selective use of edge focus, as well as muting/desaturating of color away from the point of greatest interest (in this case the flowers).
The picture on the right will reveal the need to also use values (bright-dark areas) to create visual accents. You'll see how the viewer's attention immediately goes to the lightest areas on those petals, thus creating visual focus. The large pools of darkness, on the right, seem to enhance these lighter areas, playing a supporting role (mind you, the role of bright and dark areas could well be reversed in creating focus, especially in an image which is predominantly lit-up).
Also, the contrast is more in the ref. In the painting, we only seem to be getting a 'dark - mid - light' gray gradation, with the very dark and much lighter areas missing. This is a more homogenous, gray-based scheme which is less stimulating to the retina. Plus, the lightest areas seem to be covering a lot of the painting's 'real estate', thereby tending to scatter visual focus. You'll notice that even within the flower mass in the ref, there is a lot of contrast, imparting volume to it.
Albeit, in a colorful painting, values needn't be all that important... a blue and red, of equal value, when juxtaposed will create a strong accent. But the same image, when turned into grayscale will lose all of that and become uniformly gray. So color is very important. But, in a 'realistic' rendering of a physical scene, the effect of light can't be discounted - hence the importance of values.
I think I get the point. I can udnerstand where the flatness is coming from. The grey scale pictures reveal a lot about how one should paint light.
Thanks a lot for taking the time. I am happy to be learning so much here. :)