Acrylic Critique: "Forever My Land"

Forever My Land
2006, acrylic, 16 x 20.

In this piece, the figure is both well-drawn and well-placed on the canvas, and the detail on the plaid shirt is beautifully painted and does not interfere with the silhouette, which itself creates an interesting shape against the background. One change I would make would be to paint the shadow side of the head and the light effect on the front of the head with less value contrast, so that they stand out more. In the end, two elements in the painting tell the story: One is the silhouette of the man, and the other is his expression. When the back of the head is more unified, the figure’s expression is usually more apparent.

About the Critic
Dawn Whitelaw has studied painting with Scott Christensen, Cedric Egeli, Jim Pollard, and Everett Raymond Kinstler. In 2002 she received the Award of Excellence and Best of Show in an international competition sponsored by the Portrait Society of America, and she has exhibited her portrait, landscape, and still life paintings in juried shows organized by the Cumberland Society of Painters, the American Academy of Women Artists, and the Phoenix Historical Museum.

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