Acrylic: CRITIQUE: "Looking South—Hollywood Beach, Florida"

8 Feb 2008

Break up strong lines when possible to add interest.

by Elizabeth Pruitt

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Looking South—
Hollywood Beach, Florida

Acrylic, 36 x 24.

This painting has a nice composition. However, the diagonal line that runs from the lower, left corner should be irregular to create more interesting negative space. The buildings in the far distance are also confusing because the textures draw too much attention to the shapes. The building colors are also too similar to the colors of the clouds. The artist has done a nice job with the sky—the warm, orange tones that peak through the cooler, blue tones are particularly effective.

About the Critic
Elizabeth Pruitt studied art at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, and with nationally known instructors in both fine and decorative art. She first established a professional career as a decorative painter, writing books, teaching, and selling paintings under the name Elizabeth Hayes. Since expanding her professional activities as a fine artist, she has gained associate membership in the Oil Painters of America and has exhibited her still lifes in shows organized by several galleries and art organizations. The artist is currently represented by Mountain Trails Galleries, in Park City, Utah and Palm Desert, California; Tallgrass Fine Art Gallery, in Great Bend, Kansas; and Highlands Art Gallery in Chester, New Jersey. Email Pruitt for more information.



 

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