Sometimes you can carry on too long with a painting.
I recently prepared a magnolia watercolour demo for an upcoming class I have.
I painted the flowers and petals and stems in stages and took shots as the painting developed.
At the point where I had defined the flowers and stems sufficiently (photo above) I thought it needed a background and so picked a green that was opposite pink on my colourwheel and proceeded to paint the negative space around the flowers in a wash of this green plus some rose mixed in.
Then for a lark I posted the results on my FB page and asked what people thought.
There was a fairly unanimous reply that it was more appealing without the background.
I love to hear what others think of paintings and why – a never ending source of feelings and tastes are uncovered!
Please feel free to take the poll below. Is it better with or without the green background?