Oil Critique: "Easter Lilies"

Easter Lilies
2003, oil, 18 x 14.

This painting is both beautifully conceived and executed. However, the artist may want to consider adjusting the placement of the girl’s hair and hands in relation to the plant stalks to create a greater sense of space in the painting. If more of the hair were placed behind the plant stalks, the sense of depth in the painting would be enhanced. I would also suggest extending one or two stalks off the top of the painting.

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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Brian Riley is the managing editor for the American Artist family of titles (American Artist, Watercolor, Drawing & Workshop) and has been part of the AA team since 2003. He first became interested in art as a child, specifically drawing, but drifted away from the visual arts as he grew older, gravitating towards writing while in college. His position at AA has offered him the opportunity to reinvigorate his early passion and continue his education.  

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