Watercolor Critique: "Two Poms"

Two Poms
by Karin Fecteau, 2008,
watercolor, 7 x 7.

The painting of these two pomegranates has a very lovely watercolor effect. The edges of the cast shadows could be softer, especially as they get further from the poms. I would have made the shadows warmer, since the redness of the fruits would be reflecting onto the tabletop. If the shadows were grayer, that would make the reds of the pomegranates even redder. One last thing about the cast shadows: connecting them would make for a better composition.

Two final suggestions: I would possibly crop out some of the top of the composition, and I would make a leaf on the side right taller so that it doesn’t look like the pomegranate has rabbit ears.

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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