12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
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I did make one pretty significant change which was in the background. I enriched the color a bit and reduced the contrast in value from top to bottom. There still is a gradation from dark to lighter if you see the painting in person it's more evident, but it's not as extreme a change as it was before. I may have lost some of the dramatic lighting that was in the earlier version, but I think the final version looks more colorful with the greenish grey background against the reds and there's less attention on the back flower on the left where there was more contrast before. I also feel the painting has more of a fresh, contemporary feeling and less of an old world classic look and for some reason that just felt right for this one. Of course, on another day I could have just as easily gone the other way. It really depends on what I was shooting for. My original intention for the painting was that it feel soft and romantic.
If there's one thing I've learned about art, there are many possible approaches that can work. You just have to choose.