The first picture at the top is what I submitted to Carol Marine's Value Challenge at Daily PaintWorks. I played around with the picture with my photo program. I was interested in seeing how different backgrounds would work. I guess that is the "value" (pun intended!) of the challenge. Work out some of the composition issues before you dive in to the painting.
I have been really interested in the experimenting Qiang Huang has been doing. Here is an example of one of his paintings.
I really like the color choices, especially in his leaves and the brushwork he has done.
Of my three value options here, I am leaning toward #3.
What do you think? I would really appreciate your opinion.