Oil Critique: "Rapid Reflections"

Rapid Reflections
by Nancy Horwick, 2008, oil, 30 x 24.

There are a few adjustments that I suggest for this piece. First, use some shadow colors (dark and medium tones) in the waterfall. Gray the whites—make some variations in the highlights. The other adjustment I would make would be to warm up the greens throughout the composition—especially the greens in the water, since they are in the foreground and closest to the viewer. I like the rocks!


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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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3 thoughts on “Oil Critique: "Rapid Reflections"

  1. I agree, it does need some grays in the waterfall and some warmth in the front. I like the feeling of the running water and the lighting in the rocks and the background. i love the feeling of this painting.