Oil Critique: "Winter Day Rock Channel"

Winter Day Rock Channel
by Karl Terry, 2009, oil on board, 8 x 16.

Being in the middle of summer it can be hard to look at a winter scene, but this one is very appealing. The colors and the composition both work. There are two minor changes I would suggest. The first concerns the triangular object, which could be a bit lighter in value. To my eye it stands out a bit too much—even if it’s the center of interest. I’m not sure if it is part of the structure in the foreground or not. The second change I would make would be to eliminate the cut-off object (it appears to be a bird) at the left, just above the horizon.

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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: "Winter Day Rock Channel"

  1. I agree with Miss Washor that the scene looks very winter like
    and has a cold feel to it. I too do not know what the triangular
    shapes are and find them distracting.
    Nice work.

  2. As a boater, I assume the triangular shapes on the poles on the left of the painting and the square shapes on the poles on the right side of the painting are channel markers which tell the boater if they are entering or exiting a channel with numbers to tell them how far up/down the channel they are. Yes, they could have been omitted, but then the painting would not have been a true representation.

  3. I for one like the channel markers, but suggest maybe the top of another in the right bottom foreground might give it more reason to be there. It would also lead you’re eye into the painting a little better rather than just the one dominate shape.