Watercolor Critique "Log Loungers"

Log Loungers
by Donna Morrison, 2007, watercolor, 22 x 40.

I read the title of this painting before I saw the image, so it was very comical to see the turtles in their various positions on the log. Overall a nicely done painting. A few potential adjustments: the artist may want to crop the top of the painting so that there is a more uneven distribution of water. Softening the top edge of the log would make it go back in space. A few more solid, large shapes in the log would make it less broken up and less prominent. And the artist may consider softening some of the edges of the turtles, such as the neck of the turtle on the right, so that they don’t look pasted on. Finally, adding some darker shapes in the background water would make it recede, especially on the right side near the turtle’s neck.

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.

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