A Day at the Beach

A Day at the Beach – unfinished, maybe–12″x16″ oil
Okay…this is what I’ve been working on for a few days. The color isn’t the best in the photo. The sand looks the same color as his skin, and that’s not the case. It’s actually a lot lighter. I don’t know if I’m happy with it yet, but my husband says STOP! I don’t want to overwork it, but I feel like it maybe needs something on the right hand side…a blue bucket? I think maybe the green shovel should be blue, too, but I don’t know…Does it feel balanced?  Am I done? I’m putting it away for a few days so I don’t have to look at it for awhile, but your input and honest critiques would be so appreciated:) Sometimes one just gets stuck, and can’t see what they’re looking at anymore. 
Thanks in advance!!

Music Festival Poster AND New painting–HELP!


I know I said I’d post the poster the next day, but I thought I’d better get it okayed from the festival committee first, and it did. They love it, so now you get to see it. It doesn’t have all of the text on it yet, but the design part is finished.

I’m also posting this painting that I’ve been working on for a few weeks. I really need some help, so please, please comment! I hate the background color. I did thumbnails, and it worked on a small scale, but this big, it just looks so…yellow…YUK! It isn’t finished, obviously, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on painting the candy jugs before I decided on the new background color…but, I can’t figure out what color would work. I have no artists to consult in this teeny tiny town of mine, so I’m depending on you fellow artists to help get me unstuck! So do you think it should be darker or lighter? There is fairly strong light coming from a window on the right hand side…The front part of the painting won’t be yellow, it has little glass inserts with coffee beans and candy behind them. I want the light effect to be pretty dramatic, but right now, all of the values are too similair.
Any suggestions, anybody?