A Process

006I have a new piece in mind, and am going through a process trying to bring myself to a higher level by identifying problems while there is a chance to fix them. Thus, a small study as a processing and practice exercise.
Here it is, finished at 10″ x 14″.

Self critique:
It is not immediately obvious which way is up. A bit more sky peeking through and some grassier grasses would help definition.
Where is the horizon line? Some of the background layers are grassy rather than leafy.
The light on the trunks is OK, but it needs more light on the leaves, especially in the centre to create a focal point. – dye a brighter yellow gold cheesecloth piece. In the photo, the deeper areas are very dark green – also need some very dark green for contrasting shadowed areas. The bits of light on the trees behind should be muted a bit.
The light green on upper left pulls your eye away from the centre.
Does it need another diagonal line to bring you back to the centre?  That bit of red in the other direction might do it.
The last inch on the right does not add anything and probably should have been cropped. Just because it is there, doesn’t mean it has to be included. I need to spend a bit of time looking at cropping to different sizes.
It is too horizontal – make it taller and narrower.
There is some depth to the right and left of the centre, but it has been blocked in the middle. Make sure it stays more open and has some depth there.
The blob of gold at centre top is too heavy. Keep the layers light.
I actually like the way the sheer binding works.

Back to the design wall.

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