I am painting a series of scenes of my house. It is a simple post and beam home typical of the New England area where I live. As you can see above I have two versions of the same painting. In one I pushed the value range as far as I could . In the other I stopped just short of that.
I feel that the one that has the longer value range is stronger in composition while the other reads as friendly and satisfying but a little bit "meh"?
What do you think?
What I have learned so far:
Establish value shapes and don't back down from hard decisions. It is better to sacrifice an O.K. painting to get a better one.
There is always another painting ready to go and who knows the next one could be the best one you ever did.
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