Sometimes it is hard to know if changing the original idea is improving matters or not. Below are three takes on the same subject. There is not a photo of the set-up, but the first image below is the closest to the subject matter, which was painted from life last week. I decided to remove the red pomegranate shape on the table level, which I thought dominated the pattern of the light roses above.
Goodbye pomegranate -- now, with that strong color removed, the roses came more into focus. Then I started thinking (uh oh) that the red berry shapes by the roses were too dominant, especially without the red shape on the table, so I muted them, as below:
Take Three, "Welcome Home," 30 x 20, Gallery Wrap
Now, looking at all three, I'm not certain that I improved matters, but c'est la vie...At least Take Three is softer, more about the roses, and quite different, just by changing a few elements. Such judgments, large and small, are the stuff of painting that can't be defined. It is a personal call, not always right or wrong, but surely different!