But I feel the colours are too cold overall, not enough golden light, too much blue green, too much yellow. I don't even like yellow. And my reeds to the right look silly. And the red flowers, while they add a punch of colour, they don't work. I need to look at my colour wheel - what's the opposite of Blue-Green? Orange-Red. So that's probably where I went wrong, my red is too red red. And the opposite of Green-Yellow? Red-Purple - that's what I should have used for my shadows, rather than my grey mash-up of everything on my palette, with Paynes Grey. I don't even like Paynes Grey!
- And of course, my composition is wrong: the centre of interest right bang in the middle
- And I don't have enough value contrast (tonal contrast): I should have painted the tree trunk a lot darker beside the splash of yellow vegetation
So I think that once I am done with this one (I don't think there will be a 4th attempt, you'll be relieved to hear), I'm going to stick to small paintings, maybe close-ups, or less ambitious projects. And keep practising one thing until I get better at it! A vase with flowers would be good. The tree in front of our house. The sky outside the window. There are just too many challenges to tackle in these big projects! Until I get my mojo back at least!
And what about this one, where I've increased the shadows and warmified the colours and cropped some more?
Maybe I still have the energy to do this in real life?