Sometimes I fall in love with a composition in a photo and become very disappointed with the painted results. Why? It's a question artists must constantly ask themselves as they evaluate a painting in progress. I'll try to explain one possible reason a carefully rendered photograph may fall short.
My analysis says "put away the photo and have some fun." Exaggerate the light and shadow and get some vibrant dark water around that towel; let the colors vibrate. Make the sun on that suit hot, hot, hot and don't be so worried about the outlines...everyone knows what it is. My courage wains: what if I screw it up? My brain answers: can't be worse than it is. My practical side says: but the water isn't really purple. My artist side answers: who cares?
It boils down to a choice: a photo-perfect reproduction or a creative, interesting piece of art. Everyone choses differently but in this case I will vote for the latter. Wish me luck...it's back to the easel!
I'd really, really welcome your suggestions!!