Oct 8, 2011

Critique Corner

It is time to take a look at some paintings that have some glaring mistakes. We learn from critiquing art so let's take a look at some things we don't want to do.

Here are two paintings of Tigers, which one is more appealing? The general rule is to use as odd number when painting. Isn't the one tiger much nicer than the two? Yes it is much more pleasing to the eye, three would have been much better than two.

This is a beautiful composition, the artist used an odd number of ducks, he pulled the brown colors in the barns and trees into the foreground. He added a tiny bit of the color of the ducks feet and beaks into the foreground. There is blue in the ducks and the snow. This is called "Unity", it pulls the painting together. I also like how the eye follows a path, first you look at the ducks, then the buildings, the the trees on the left and back to the ducks, this is directing the eye of the viewer. It is very clear what the focal point is in this painting.  

This painting is beautiful but I find the composition a bit static..I am not sure what the artist wants me to look at..the large ship or the lighthouse. What is the focal point here? The ship or the lighthouse? The ship in the distance on the right side looks like it is not in the water but on top of the water.

Here is a great painting, we can tell what the focal point is, the sailboat. Look at how the artist has introduced the orange colors in the sky, in the sail and the water creating unity. The darks against the lights create "Visual Impact".

This would have been a nice painting except for the tree almost in the center, it is very distracting. Picture it on the right of the canvas…much better composition, well balanced.

Oh no I am tipping… it looks like this is heavy on the left with all the large subjects placed there. This gives the impression of a tipping canvas. If the artist put the green tree on the right side it would be more balanced and more pleasing to the eye.He also has even number of trees in the background on both sides~

I love the way the artist has balanced the painting, there are objects on both sides. He has captured depth by keeping the colors and detail brighter and sharper in the foreground. The background is grayed down and the edges are softer. The eye looks at the flower, bird, tree trunk on right, mountain and back to the tree on left and the flower again. Great way to keep the viewer looking at your painting!

This at first glance is really nice, then I noticed the fence with no opening. This is something you don’t want to do, lock out the viewer. The eye stops at the gate instead of going in on in down a path to the focal point, the barn.

This painting is divided in half….the castle is on half and the tree is on half the canvas. This is really unappealing and then notice how the branches lead the eye right off the canvas. Never paint something going off the canvas!

Once again we see the trees placed too close to the center. Move them to the right just a bit add another tree to have an odd number and you have a nice composition.

These two light houses are smack dab in the middle, this is OK for a still-life but not for a landscape.

Sharon Teal-Coray

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