Acrylic Critique: "Catching the Red-Eye Flight"

Catching the Red-Eye Flight
2006, acrylic on Masonite, 16 x 20.

This bird is painted very well. However, a few adjustments would make it even better. The artist may want to consider adding some lost and found edges around the bird and the branch so that they don’t look pasted onto the background. Adding some of the colors used in the bird to the background would also help this problem. Sharpening some of the edges in the background foliage would also create a smoother transition from the foreground to the background.

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Joyce Washor
graduated from Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and also studied at the Woodstock School of Art, in Woodstock, New York. The author of Big Art, Small Canvas (North Light Books, Cincinnati, Ohio), Washor teaches at the Scottsdale Artists' School, in Arizona, and at the Woodstock School of Art. She is represented by Horizon Fine Art, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; The Crane Collection, in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts; and The Lawrence Gallery, in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, visit www.joycewashor.com and http://joycewashorsdailypaintings.blogspot.com.

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