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05-27-2015, 09:19 AM
Just finished this on - 11 x 14 on panel. Color is off a little but close.

Good, Bad, Where does it need work?


05-27-2015, 08:19 PM
Randy, Lots of nice things happening here! Some really bold colors and a really lovely sky! This is a difficult painting to critique as it is hard to tell just what your intent is. There is a lot going on and it is almost as if the painting is divided into about 10 to 12 distinct areas: a square of green grasses in the lower left corner, next to that a section of red flowers, etc. In terms of critique - I'm not sure why none of these elements continues through the painting and why there are so many divisions?

I guess, despite being representational, there is a strong abstract element to this painting which makes it quite unique and interesting!


05-27-2015, 08:29 PM
Thanks Don - For some reason I'm having that issue with the last few I've worked on. I end up with separate areas instead of a cohesive composition. It's been an issue since I returned to pastels from acrylics and that doesn't make a bit of sense.

05-29-2015, 01:14 PM
Instead of working the image in sections, which is what you have done ...section a, then section b, then section c......work in LAYERS.

Begin with a very loose, general "underpainting". Work over the entire surface to the same level of finish...which is "not very" finished at all. Then, add another layer. And another, each time working over the whole surface, not in separate areas.

begin with all your darkest and most general tones. Squint at the reference to simplify it. NO DETAILS. You can easily work lighter tones over the top, but cannot easily work the other way round, from light to dark. So, begin with lots of dark and medium dark colours, all over, softened in with fingers in places or a tissue. NO DETAILS Spray. Then the next layer will be medium tones. NO DETAILS Over those, you can start to work with lighter tones. Finish off with all the details.

to show what I mean visually: see how each of these artists works over the whole surface gradually, rather than working in sections: