'mini canvas' #10 4x4" © 2010 Shayla Perreault Newcomb
Do you know what the most common problems areas are in composition? Frank Webb who wrote the book Strengthen Your Paintings With Dynamic Composition said that it's usually a matter of "bad shapes, scattered or wimpy values, and no size dominance."
Whenever I've felt a piece of mine was lacking magic, it was often one of these problems. He has a handy chart in his book for improving your value fields that I recommend. I've did a touch up on an older painting recently that really made it sizzle. It was a matter of value and it made me think back to his advice. Now that I have a larger palette it was possible to correct the values in that painting. I'm loving naples yellow!
The mini canvas series has been finished for some time and I've been procrastinating about photographing, cropping, sizing and blogging the rest of it. Today I'm loaded the rest of the series to automatically publish. Now I'm off to create. Have a great weekend.