Critiques! Ever had one? Sometimes they are helpful, sometimes not. Since I was not feeling well and not able to get to classes this week, one of my students volunteered for a critique. It was fun and gave me a little bit to do on my "day off." Below, a critique of two paintings by Phil Jones:
"Poppies" ©Phil Jones
Lovely movement with the linear treatment of the stems and tindrels.
Lovely colors. The greens and reds complement each other nicely.
Wonderful wet into wet treatment of the blooms and the leaves, complemented nicely by the detail and control of the floral centers.
Possible Improvements (or thoughts for the future)
The light and darks of the pink is good for the blooms, but some addition of "analogous" colors (oranges, reds) would give them more depth.
The green is equally nice for the leaves, but some additional analogous greens would lend them some depth as well. Are there a few areas of the leaves that may even be a tad Burnt Sienna, to indicate they are not "forever."
Just thoughts for the future.
Poppies 2" ©Phil Jones
This one definitely has more depth to it.
I love those curly things!
I like the different greens for the leaf areas.
The only suggestion I have for future paintings is be careful about shapes.
In the bottom right, there are two large blooms with two green leaves. All four are about the same size..........variety is better.
Just something to watch out for in the future.