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04-11-2013, 03:50 PM
Critical critiques welcome.


04-12-2013, 02:56 AM
Critical critiques welcome.


Overall, very painterly drawing of oranges. However, I have some suggestions, and paintshopped your painting to illustrate:

1. The oranges are not grounded on the surface with a shadow, so they appear to float above the surface.

2. There was no indication of where the flat surface ended, so I darkened the background to show the surface and background were different. Notice how this separates the oranges from the background and makes them stand out more.

3. I cannot explain it, but human beings are more comfortable with an odd number of objects. By adding a third orange, the painting is more balanced and serene.


04-12-2013, 01:03 PM
Good painting, like your reflections.
Everything is warm. You don't have to have a blue background, but it would help to have some sort of contrast, to make your oranges the focal point. Could be more neutral brown, not so red, or add some cool glaze layers.
I also agree you need some more shadows to ground the oranges. They don't need to be hard shadows, like from a flash, but some much deeper tones would help - and they should also maybe be a bit cool to conter balance the oranges. I rather like your composition, with the "belly button" (what is that thing called - opposite of stem) in the dead center. Makes the composition more interesting than the typical 3 oranges, with "belly button" at 2 o'clock. I agree with vac911 that humans do prefer 3 and 5, but I think sometimes that rule should be broken.

04-12-2013, 03:32 PM
Very nice! Rich and warm colors.. i like it a lot!

04-13-2013, 12:07 AM
nice painting, I like the luminous quality you've created with the paint.
The fact that the oranges appear to be floating in the middle of the page and that there are only two of them does make me feel uncomfortable/anxious. But at the same time that is what I like most about this piece. It feels more modern that way. The thing that bothers me is that i can see where you painted around the oranges in the 'background'.
The little guy looks like a lemon to me..

04-13-2013, 05:21 AM
Thanks to all for your suggestions and comments. Every one of them is valid and it shows me where I need to improve. I appreciate you taking the time to critique.

04-16-2013, 01:58 AM
Great work..I like the way you painted,especially the reflections.... Very warm and energetic...


04-16-2013, 08:45 PM
Thanks Saravanan

Moises Menendez
04-21-2013, 07:49 AM
If you could smooth the edges of the oranges a bit your work will look more realistic. Also, you may darken the highlights of one of the oranges so they will look different. That is my humble opinion.