Oil Critique: "Guitar"

by Delia Parvu, 2008, oil, 20 x 20 3/4.

The extreme high contrast and simple shapes that this artist has used command your attention. I have one recommendation, and it concerns the painting’s lighting. Note that the light is coming from both sides—this is an effective lighting plan often used by the Swedish painter Anders Zorn (1860–1920). This type of lighting is most effective when the light coming from one side is stronger than the light coming from the other. In the case of this painting, the light shape on the right side of the painting is very expressive, and I would subdue the light on the left side in order to let that expressive shape dominate.


The painting adjusted by the critic
to illustrate her suggestions.

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.