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Backlit Pines [Critique]


 

Welcome to another critique.  Thank you for volunteering, Phil!
 "Backlit Pines" © Phil Jones
Positive-
-luscious colors and shadows!  I love the way the green shadow on the left overlaps the pinkish ground/sand.
-Am I seeing a shimmering body of water in the background?  And sun coming from background (referred to as "backlighting").  Nicely handled backlighting on your part!
-Beautiful colors in that sky!
-As far as the "composition" goes, I like the low horizon line (hi or low is always better than in the middle).
-Nice handling of the trees, nice variety of types of trees.
-Nice green colors in the trees and the shadows.
-Good aerial perspective:  All is very loose, good job!   And, there is just a little bit of detail in the bare tree limbs and the darker pines to bring them to the forefront.
Suggestion-
-Too much symmetry (ie, 3 pine trees, 2 bare trees....middle space...3 pine trees, 2 bare trees).  You need a more asymmetric design for this area.

 

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Wonder Works on Paper


"Wonder Works on Paper" is the title of the upcoming exhibit of my Marian paintings.  I can't wait to see them all in one place!   The one at the left, "Do Not be Afraid," was inspired by a photo by Trevor Irwin who runs the Philadelphia Mission.  To see his website, and for more recent Marian paintings, please scroll down.

 

"Let it be to Me" © Donna Pierce-Clark

 

In any culture, Motherhood is precious.  

We live and die for our children.  

And no where else, than the remote villages of Africa and India is this self-sacrifice more evident.  

Trevor Irwin, of Philadelphia Mission, provided the photographic rights for this painting.  

To see more about his mission, please Click Here.  

To see him on Facebook, please Click Here.

Thank you, Trevor, and my the Lord bless you and your efforts to feed and clothe the children we cannot.

 

"Sweet Dreams" © Donna Pierce-Clark

 

 

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Critiques!


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

 

 

Positive Points
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
Positive Points
This one definitely has more depth to it.
I love those curly things!
Possible Improvements
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.

 

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Basking in The Son


"Basking in The Son" is another in the Marian Series.  Motherhood and Mary, the mother of Jesus, are synonymous.   In any culture, Motherhood is Motherhood.  We live and die for our children.  And no where else, than the remote villages of Africa and India is this self-sacrifice more evident.  Trevor Irwin, of Philadelphia Mission, provided the photographic rights for this painting.  To see more about his mission, please Click Here.  Thank you, Trevor, and my the Lord bless you and your efforts to feed and cloth the children we cannot.  To see this painting in a larger format, please click here.

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At the Feet of Jesus


"At the Feet of Jesus"   Please leave comments below.

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[Weekly] Treasure Island......& my favorite surface to paint on


"Treasure Island," oil on canvas panel, was painted at Treasure Island Park in Troy, Ohio.  The sun was just beginning it's descent, and the clouds were quickly darkening, so I was painting rather quickly!  A lovely little park on the Great Miami River in Troy, Treasure Island Park offers a gentle view of the bridge and the courthouse tower.  For more information and to see a larger version of this painting, please click here.

 

THERE ARE MULTIPLE IMAGES APPEARING IN TODAY'S MARIAN PAINTING.........

TO SEE TODAY'S MARIAN PAINTING, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN.........LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW PLEASE.

 

The surface of TREASURE ISLAND is slightly textured, and is painted in oils on a rigid canvas panel (not stretched canvas).  However, my favorite support (and now Dennis's favorite as well) is made by a company called Ampersand.  These panels are made of masonite and are therefore absolutely rigid.  They are treated with several coats of gesso, then sanded several times to create a very smooth surface.  I enjoy the "bounce" that comes with "stretched" canvas; but having had one of my paintings succumb to a hole being poked through it, I quickly switched to a harder surface:  Ampersand.  For other surfaces, see this video by Justin Clayton discussing painting supports.  

"At the Feet of Jesus"

© Donna Pierce-Clark

Click Here for a larger image of this painting.   Then, return to leave your comments please.

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