Watercolor Critique: "Passing Time"

Passing Time
watercolor and acrylic.

This painting has a very good composition, and the use of texture and lettering adds a lot of interest. There's a principle called "calibrating the lights" that I'd like to see applied here. There are several large light shapes in the painting that are all the same value. By darkening some of them slightly, you would create a stronger painting. If the light on the child's leg, for example, was darkened a little, the emphasis would shift to the silhouette of the figure's head against the white card in the background.

 

About the Critic
Dawn Whitelaw has studied painting with Scott Christensen, Cedric Egeli, Jim Pollard, and Everett Raymond Kinstler. In 2002, she received the Award of Excellence and the Best of Show award in an international art competition sponsored by the Portrait Society of America, and she has exhibited her portrait, landscape, and still life paintings in juried shows organized by the Cumberland Society of Painters, the American Academy of Women Artists, and the Phoenix Historical Museum.

 

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Brian Riley is the managing editor for the American Artist family of titles (American Artist, Watercolor, Drawing & Workshop) and has been part of the AA team since 2003. He first became interested in art as a child, specifically drawing, but drifted away from the visual arts as he grew older, gravitating towards writing while in college. His position at AA has offered him the opportunity to reinvigorate his early passion and continue his education.  

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