Oil Critique: "Nest on Red"

Nest on Red
2008, oil on linen, 12 x 16.

Overall, this is a very well-painted painting! The brushstrokes are engaging, and the cast shadows read very well and add a lot of movement to the composition. I might have made the reds more orange, which would complement the blues of the eggshells and make them stand out more. The artist might want to consider making the eggshells in the foreground a warmer blue, which would make them come forward in space. Also, the feather could be more of a neutral gray with touches of blue to separate it from the eggshells and add more interest.

 

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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.

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