Oil Critique: "Cachepot and Apples"

Cachepot and Apples
by João Trevisan Jr., 2008,
oil, 50 x 60.

You render very well, and I would guess that you are inspired by the Dutch still life painters and maybe a bit by Chardin. Because you can render reflection and color, take a few chances with your composition. Emil Carlsen (1853–1932) is a painter you would probably enjoy and learn a lot by studying from. His still lifes have many of the same elements you have in this piece, such as one beautifully rendered shiny piece set against a darker background or darker objects.

The way you lose the dark side of the brown ceramic jug works well. I would challenge you to not stop there. Try to see what else you can lose in that dark atmosphere. What emerges out into the light? The size of the jug has given you a huge amount of space that needs attention. Look up Carlsen to see how he handles such space and how his edges work. I think you’ll enjoy his still lifes.

About the Critic
Colin J. Callahan
teaches painting and art history at St. Paul's School, in Concord, New Hampshire, where he also runs the school's gallery. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts, and he studied painting at Centro Barbieri, in Rome. Callahan is represented by Anderson-Soule Gallery, in Concord, New Hampshire. To view the artist's work, visit www.colincallahan.com.

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2 thoughts on “Oil Critique: "Cachepot and Apples"

  1. A discerning, insightful critique that respects the advanced talent of this artist; if this is a sample of your classroom discussion, they must be motivating classes indeed!
    Someday I hope to be at the level where my artwork inspires such discourse; until then, thank you Mr. Callahan, for a view to future achievements.