Acrylic: CRITIQUE: "Geraniums"

Varying color and subduing the background helps create an effective floral composition.

by Janet Walsh

2005, acrylic, 8 x 10.

The artist has certainly made good color choices in the bouquet, and has created the feeling of sunlight throughout the painting. The bouquet is painted very well, but the artist may want to consider the following minor adjustments. Varying the color and size of the middle pink flower would eliminate the diagonal line formed by the pink flowers and add more interest to the composition.

To further showcase the bouquet, the artist may want to consider replacing the dark lines between the bricks with a neutral color and softening the edges of the bricks to help them recede into the background. Another option is to loosely suggest the bricks instead of painting each one.

About the Critic
Janet Walsh, the president of the American Watercolor Society, has received many awards and honors, including the AWS Bronze Metal of Honor and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Award. Limited editions and prints of her work have been published in the United States, Europe, and Japan. She is the author of Watercolor Made Easy: Techniques for Simplifying the Painting Process (Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, New York), and her paintings can be found in many corporate and private collections. Walsh has been featured in numerous museum shows across the United States. The artist studied at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League of New York, both in Manhattan.

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2 thoughts on “Acrylic: CRITIQUE: "Geraniums"

  1. If the artist did what the reviewer said I think the painting would be greately improved. There are too many places in the painting for the eye to land. The “star” of the painting should be the larger flower not all the other stuff. Most paintings I see like this have been done this way so the artist can say “see how many things I can do well” instead of setteling for just one center of interest. I like the painting but it surely does need the negative space toned down. IMHO.