My sister got a new office and there was a big blank spot on the wall where the previous occupant had removed a picture, so she asked me if I could paint a picture that size. She also said she wanted it to be in a style similar to a Kinkade - glowing light and kinda bucolic with architecture and plants. While I'm not a Kinkade fan (lol at that concept) I do like glowing light, architecture, and plants. So after some discussion we came up with the idea of a view from inside a greenhouse or conservatory.
So the brown parts here are supposed to be wood, the gold is supposed to be metal, and the various grays are supposed to be stone or cement. The blobby bit at the left is rocks which are going to have a waterfall over them. The gray gradient below the wall is going to be a sidewalk after I add some divisions. The ceiling needs some shadows, the door needs some windows and doorknobs, then I'm going to add trellis, urns, grass, a pond and stream, a footbridge over the stream, a fountain, a sundial, and lots more plants.
So, right now I'm mainly looking for suggestions on shadows and lighting for the ceiling. I was thinking some dark brown shadow above the brown wooden support? Or maybe black or gold mixed with black would be better? Then, I haven't really done anything with the light coming in the window - should I be putting orange or blue highlights anywhere? Are the wooden dividers between wall panels and oval windowframes okay the way they are, or do they need some kind of shadows or highlights? I'm kind of afraid to mess with them because I was already using my teeniest brush to make lines that thin, it would be way too easy to accidentally paint 'outside the lines' and mess up what I've got. :/