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There wouldn't be a reflection of the candle from the angle of the viewers. The glow of the candle should be shown in contrast with fade into darkness else it would not have such a bright glow.
 

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The glow isn't that bright unless the background is dark.
 

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This is why I love you guys. You are really helping me. OK -- reflection is out of here. I'm not sure I'm understanding what you, Victoria, and you Dave are saying about the glow. I know I can be dense, sorry about that.
I like this much better Terry. With the glow - your glow is harsh all the way to the edges and it is a tad too bright. It shouldn't be as bright as the flame.. You need to gradually blend it from bright in the middle (but again not as bright as the flame) to where it fades out at the edges. Right now it almost looks like you have a round blob of light around your flame and there is very little in the way of fade out. Does that make sense?

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You have to decide if you want the candle or the window to be the main source of light. Right now you're showing signs that both are stroger. The shadow of the candle is too prominent for the candle to be the strongest and the lighting of the holly shows that the candle is the stronger of the two. There are other occurrences of this too.
 

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You have to decide if you want the candle or the window to be the main source of light. Right now you're showing signs that both are stroger. The shadow of the candle is too prominent for the candle to be the strongest and the lighting of the holly shows that the candle is the stronger of the two. There are other occurrences of this too.
Hmmm -- Originally I wanted the candle to be the source of the light, and I started out with the window being very grey, but when I added all the snow...well it brightened up so I figured I needed to acknowledge that light by adding some gleam to the candlestick holder and holly and the candle and brighten the counter a bit. No doubt I have a long way to go yet on my composition skills but I have made lots of improvement since I started painting.
 

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Yes you have made great progress. Multiple light sources with different types of light and painted without a model isn't easy. Light is the most important element of a piece. Never take it lightly.
 

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Wooooow, that glow change made the hole pic terry. I really like it ._.
 
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