I had been planning to do this after completing 10 paintings, but a few more paintings might help make more of a sense. I've laid out the paintings according to their composition but I can also post another based on a timeline.
I welcome all criticisms, suggestions of what to improve, what I should watch out for, what to avoid.... I try to be as close to the photo as possible, is it okay, or is it stifling self expression? If I'm painting from a photo is it still self expression? Should I make more paintings of all the categories (still-life, portraits etc) or should I stick to one? Also, looking at the collection, what do you think, is it holding or falling apart?
About my paintings, all of them are from photos; I try to stay as close to the photo as possible (still life/portraits), with the exception of landscapes, where I try to convey the idea of a particular object (grass/leaves) rather than painting too precise (except when the object is too close).
I am most relaxed when painting still lifes, but I fail to make interesting compositions with the things I have at hand. Being bad at photography doesn't help either. And at present my painting space is a little too cozy too add on a shadow box setup.
I haven't done too many portraits and I am convinced to paint one if there is a good play of shadow and light. But there are very few good photos out there and so I am not able to paint as much as I want.
I love landscapes the most and also the most intimidated by them because of the close interplay of so many values. Good thing is the internet is full of beautiful photos (though shadows are unnaturally dark and lifeless).
Lastly, you've all been very kind, through this month journey, helping me with many tips and complements... but I hope you will find time to critique this time. I need to hear what I should hear.
PS.: Are these small versions of the photo okay to work with or should I post all the original ones here too?