Very frustrated again today at my lack of ability. I would love to paint vibrant landscapes of the places that really inspire me however every time I try they fall flat.
After I scanned the painting into my computer I played around with the image a bit. This is what it looked like once I tweaked the brightness and contrast.
This is closer to how I WANTED the painting to turn out.
I just wish I knew how to paint the brightness and contrast so that it would look more like the altered image. Previously I have tried adding darker colors to the shadows but then it just turns ugly on me and completely ruins the painting. I guess I have to remember to paint the mid-tones and shadows at least 3 shades darker than what I think they should be. I will have to try that next time I paint a landscape.