Online painting critique

Here is an opportunity for us to share paintings – whether they are in progress or completed – and to give and receive feedback online.

Just email a photo of your painting to EEAG Painting Feedback.  Please include the title of your work and the medium in your email and, if there is anything in particular you’d like comments on, please say so.  Your painting and any subsequent feedback from members will be published below.

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Crit_LizHammond_WildSwimmers
Artist: Liz Hammond / Title: Wild swimmers / Medium: Watercolour
Artist’s comments: Quite like this one but I find the backgrounds tricky.
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Feedback from members:
Colin Garrod: A lovely painting and I like the way the dolphins seem to be coming out of the painting! Perhaps the background could have more variation in tone?

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Crit_LizHammond_Molly
Artist: Liz Hammond / Title: Molly / Medium: Watercolour
Artist’s comments: I painted this last week. My dog sitter asked me to paint Molly who sadly died on Christmas Eve. I knew the dog well and it made me very happy to paint her.
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Feedback from members:
George Foxwell: Congratulations, sad story but a lovely piece of work.

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Crit_GinaGrimwood_Honfleur
Artist: Gina Grimwood / Title: Honfleur / Medium: Oil
Artist’s comments: I was wanting to make this about the reflections without overdoing it.
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Feedback from members:
Colin Garrod: A lovely painting, in which I think you have the reflections just right. My only very minor comment is that perhaps the centre reflection is a tad bright and defined. But I really like it!

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Crit_TonyDevivo_BelroBoundForTheWestIndies
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Yacht Belro bound for the West Indies / Medium: Oil
Artist’s comments:
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Gina Grimwood: This has a lovely dreamy feel to it Tony & a nice sky but I feel the yacht is floating above the water rather than on it.
Colin Garrod: A delightful and dynamic painting. But the yacht’s stern perhaps does seem to be out of the water.

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Crit_ColinGarrod_RishiSunak
Artist: Colin Garrod / Title: Rishi Sunak / Medium: Graphite
Artist’s comments: I have just done this sketch, which awaits feedback before I progress further.
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Crit_ColinGarrod_Triangular lady
Artist: Colin Garrod / Title: Triangular lady / Medium: Graphite
Artist’s comments: I have just done this sketch, which awaits feedback before I progress further.
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Crit_MaureenJones_HolyIslandAnglesey
Artist: Maureen Jones / Title: Holy Island, Anglesey / Medium: Acrylic
Artist’s comments:
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Feedback from members:
Colin Garrod: Nice vibrant colours and composition. But I think the cliff could have more variation

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Crit_MaureenJones_LakeMaggiore
Artist: Maureen Jones / Title: Lake Maggiore / Medium: Acrylic
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Feedback from members:
Colin Garrod: Lovely composition and colours. But perhaps the buildings could be a different colour from the flowers

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Crit_JohnLucking_FoweyViewFromHarbour
Artist: John Lucking / Title: Fowey – view from harbour / Medium:
Artist’s comments:
I can see this one went wrong in several respects.
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Feedback from members:
Colin Garrod: I can’t really see where it went wrong! Except perhaps that the large castellated building looks as if it could be hovering in air. The background trees could have more variation in colour/tone

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Crit_JohnLucking_LakeComo
Artist: John Lucking Title: Lake Como / Medium:
Artist’s comments:
There may be too much white space and the colours look too cold.  I am quite pleased with the layout.  I saw the steamers on Lake Como last summer and took some photos.  I wanted to show the steamers in context, but without creating a particular view of the lake.  The hills, etc. are generic, or indicative.  I looked online to find more details and the approximate relative size of the ships.  There are always enthusiasts writing articles for anything like this.
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Feedback from members:
Colin Garrod: Another accomplished painting. I think the mountains could have more variation in colour temperature but without drawing attention away from the boats

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Crit_JohnLucking_ShadThames
Artist: John Lucking / Title: Shad Thames / Medium:
Artist’s comments:
I am reasonably content with this. It is really just an ideas piece or trial run, based on photos from Shad Thames. There are two realistic views and two imaginative views. I will probably develop the bottom left view into a single picture at some stage, I also rather like the bottom right view although it no longer looks much like to real thing.
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Feedback from members:
Colin Garrod: As a collage, I think they pictures create interest, especially with their variation in tone. But the top left picture on its own perhaps should have more variation in tone within it.

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Crit_JoyCrouch_CantStopPaintingZebras
Artist: Joy Crouch / Title: Can’t Stop Painting Zebras / Medium: watercolour and acrylic
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Feedback from members:
Colin Garrod: Nice paintings of zebras. But I am wondering if they would look better if the frames could be of a matching colour to the background in the paintings

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Crit_GeorgeFoxwell_Lucy
Artist: George Foxwell / Title: Lucy / Medium: Oil
Artist’s comments:
I am a relatively new member and look forward to comments. I’m thick skinned so you can be as savage as you like.
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Feedback from members:
Colin Garrod: I like the composition but the table looks like it might fall over. Perhaps Lucy could have more variation in tone/colour

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Crit_IngeborgNeale_BlickVonObenViewFromAbove
Artist: Ingeborg Neale / Title: Blick von oben – View from above / Medium: Acrylic
Artist’s comments:
Painted a few years ago when we holidayed a lot in the south of France.  I was very taken by the medieval buildings, the hill villages and the landscape.  I still like painting buildings, townscapes and street scenes.
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Feedback from members:
George Foxwell: The high level view adds interest and I like the soft colours.
Colin Garrod: Yes, the high level view with its perspective adds interest and the colours are quite believable.

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Artist: Richard Seymour / Title: Fishermen on the Mekong / Medium: Acrylic
Artist’s comments:
This is a scene a little north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  We visited on one of our adventures last year.
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Feedback from members:
George Foxwell: I love the colours and this work has real impact. I would suggest that the top half, done in landscape would make a better composition. The lower half on its own would make an interesting Impressionist piece.
Colin Garrod: I love the composition and its colours and in its portrait format. But was the sun really that white?

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Artist: Richard Seymour  /  Title: Elephants in and by the Nile  /  Medium:  Acrylic
Artist’s comments:  This scene is just below the Murchison Falls in Uganda.  We visited on one of our adventures last year.
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Feedback from members:
Maureen Jones: Loved the composition thought the large elephant on the left could have had more definition of the muscle shapes in the back legs or it may be just the photo.
Colin Garrod: Very nice composition, colour harmony and loose painting style. But perhaps the tail of the right elephant has detatched?

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