Modulate contrast to keep the attention on the focal point.
by Dawn Whitelaw
|The Old Man
Pastel, 23 x 17.
The artist has done an excellent job with this pastel portrait—the drawing and the use of color are quite effective. My only suggestion would be to lower the contrast on the ear. This adjustment would help draw more attention to the lighter part of the head. The artist may also want to consider increasing the difference in the value between the shadow and light on the hair—this change would give the head more dimension.
About the Critic
Dawn Whitelaw studies 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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