Oil Critique: "Portrait of an Old Man"

Portrait of an Old Man by Roger Burch, 2009, oil on linen, 20 x 16.

Portrait of an Old Man
by Roger Burch, 2009, oil on linen, 20 x 16.

The artist of this painting may want to consider lightening the irises of the eyes—especially the man’s right eye, since it is farther away from the viewer. Some edges of the hat could be lost into the background, so too could the man’s right shoulder.

The drawing of the ear could be changed a bit to show some narrowing. This perspective change would make the ear go back in space instead of reading flat. (Unless, of course, this is characteristic of the sitter and the artist meant it this way.)

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. More information is available on her website, www.joycewashor.com, or call (505) 989-7311.


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