No, this is not a painting. I took a picture of a pear - which used to snugly sits in the darkened corner of this photo - and tulips. I love how the tulips turned out and wish i could say the same with the pear. I was left with half the image i like and the other half i need to get rid of - tried cropping but didn't work for me and i find layering way too complicated. Last resort- darken the image and this is how it turned out.
Darkness conceals what you don't want others to see, it also accentuate what you want others to have a good second look.