Pastel: CRITIQUE: "Maddy No. 1"

Pay careful attention to color temperature.

by Elizabeth Pruitt

Maddy No. 1
2006, pastel on acid-free foam board, 24 x 20.

The artist has achieved an intimate feeling in this paintingâ??itâ??s as if the viewer is drawn into the horseâ??s soul. However, the artist may want to consider varying the color temperature throughout the painting. The cold, blue sky and the cool grays of the horse give the overall painting a very cold feeling. Squint at the painting upside down to analyze the dark and light patterns in order to make adjustments. There are both warm and cool colors in nature, so determine the temperature of your light source. Sunrise or sunset will produce warm light, while midday light is cooler. Once the light source is determined, the temperature of the shadows will be the opposite of the temperature of the light sourceâ??warm light should be painted with cool shadows and cool light should be painted with warm shadows.

About the Critic
Elizabeth Pruitt studied art at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, and with nationally known instructors in both fine and decorative art. She first established a professional career as a decorative painter, writing books, teaching, and selling paintings under the name Elizabeth Hayes. Since expanding her professional activities as a fine artist, she has gained associate membership in the Oil Painters of America and has exhibited her still lifes in shows organized by several galleries and art organizations. The artist is currently represented by Mountain Trails Galleries, in Park City, Utah and Palm Desert, California; Tallgrass Fine Art Gallery, in Great Bend, Kansas; and Highlands Art Gallery in Chester, New Jersey. Email Pruitt for more information.


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