Painting of the week: Clivia- The Strength of Africa- 2 – Painting tip

Enviroart by Suzanne Bélair, IAF, AFC

What a difference a week and some hours can do for a painting..

©2016 Suzanne Belair Clivia- the Strenght of Africa Oil on canvas 12 X 12 in Clivia- the Strenght of Africa
©2016 Suzanne Belair
Oil on canvas 12 X 12 in

Clivia-The strenght of Africa ©2016 Suzanne Belair Huile sur toile 12 X 12 (Unfinished) Clivia-The strenght of Africa
©2016 Suzanne Belair
Huile sur toile 12 X 12
(Unfinished)

What a difference a week and some hours can do for a painting.

I was not happy with this painting since I posted it.

I felt it was missing contrast and depth. I decided to rework it last week and am so happy with it now. Notice the difference between the two paintings.

Value contrast is really important in any artwork. The best way to see if your painting has enough contrast is to view it in black and white or squint while looking at it. If you cannot make out the subject, then you have a value contrast problem.

Basically, when we have a high contrast in…

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