This "Just Showing" seems to be similar to the “Fury” as not only are viewers (other artists) acknowledging the artists hard work but also voicing some opinions on what they think is right and also wrong. This is not a bad thing as I have had some very helpful comments myself.
I am in between paintings, have a bit of time and thought I’d give you an in-depth critique as I always liked your personal approach, always so positive which is a reflection of your gentile disposition but also your art effort , topic and direction. I hope you don’t mind Linda. Everything I say is hopefully to help you become a better painter. You have probably finished this work so don't go go back as you are probably working on something new. Maybe I can help you with the next one as for me , one work builds on another.
I think you have some very nice aspects to this work especially the vegetation around the candle and the trees are so nice. However, assuming the main focus is the lit candle, you have way too much
ightness in the background (wrong time of day). You need a contrast in color to showcase this beautiful candle light. For me, the background should be a very dark color, perhaps a moon lit night but still showing the snow and trees but all very much darker. The dark could be in the purple family. If you look at the color wheel, purple is the opposite to yellow which is your main foreground color. This would in itself, create a very interesting eye catching visual. This will also give you some serious contrast. You can then play with the flame on the candle as every bit of light will now show. This could be so much fun. Here is where you do a net search and study photos of how a fire flame (candle, camp fire etc) looks like in the dark. You can take your own photo’s but it’s tough to do unless you have a good camera and know how use it or just get lucky as I some times do. The last painting I did and you commented about, was all about contrast as the reflection and background was the main focus. There needed to be darkness to show the light.
Composition wise, it’s never a good idea to split things in half which I see here. I have somewhat stretched this rule but always seem to get away with it probably on the strengths of other artistic aspects of my work. Everything in this painting seems to be centered. Of all the rules in painting, this is the one that you have to be so conscious off. In your painting, the candle, two windows (center bar) sloping snow field and the two mid ground dominant large spruce trees are too even. You have to somehow
eak a composition up so it’s visually interesting for the subconscious eye to look at. There is nothing more uninteresting than looking at a square or equal parts of a square, Look around you right now in your room nothing is square or equal parts. Also, the color of your candle and your window ledge are to close in color. The candle appears to be standing by itself. Put some strength and detail in the very bottom of the window ledge. How do you do this? I would put some wood grain individual lines and more intense yellow/ purple but not unnatural as you do have a great natural flow here.
Easy fix right? I hope you don’t mind my serious critique as I did have the time tonight and know you are serious about your art work.