Sometimes It Just Doesn't Gel
I got the idea of finishing out my food series with a little dessert so I baked some chocolate chip cookies and poured a glass of milk. I took a bunch of photos with different backgrounds and went to work. To conserve funds, I have been using old frames so I knew this piece had to be large - in this case 10" x 14" So I was interested in a vertical piece.
I wanted to keep with the concept of a minimal, single colored background with lots of attention to creating vivid colors in shadows and textures. As I worked away, the "magic" just didn't happen for me. I was excited about the details on the little white plate and the reflections in the clear glass but the composition had far too much negative space. I nearly used up a stick of cobalt blue trying to create some interest in the empty background. I don't think this idea challenges me and I don't like having so much area with nothing really going on.
So I walked away, ate the cookies and drank the milk.