Indicating a light source is essential to painting 3D objects.
by Elizabeth Pruitt
|The Moroccan Vase
2006, acrylic, 19 x 12.
This piece is reminiscent of Picasso's work. The eye travels nicely down the curving line of the vase in the foreground. However, the vases and the fruit appear flat. Although the artist has painted highlights on the fruit to indicate a directional light source, evidence of this light source is missing from the vases. The artist may also want to consider adding shadows to accentuate the different forms.
About the Critic
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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