Oil Critique: "Hillside of Poppies"

Hillside of Poppies
2008, oil, 24 x 30.

I have a few suggestions to offer for this painting. The artist may want to consider showing some cast shadows across the path. These shadows would have the same direction as the shadows of the trees, bushes, and house. I would also change the shape of the cast shadows of the round trees in the left background; they could be curved instead of linear.

The color of the blue mountain in the background can be much grayer; this would move the mountain back in space. Some of the edges of the house could be softer—especially the ones in the back—to help the house recede and fit into the landscape more easily.

About the Critic
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.

Interested in learning more from our critic? Joyce Washor will be teaching an oil still life workshop titled “Big Art, Small Canvas,” May 19 to 22, 2010 at the Santa Fe School of Art, in New Mexico.


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