Painting critique 3

crit_richardseymour_Burmese market
Artist: Richard Seymour / Title: Burmese market / Medium: Acrylic
Artist’s comments: Visited on our trip down the Irrawady from Mandalay.
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Colin Garrod: I like your loose painting style. It always leaves something for the viewer to do – avoids having to put in too much detail and must be a useful time-saving technique!
John Lucking: I agree with Colin. It would tolerate brighter colours without detriment in my opinion, but I know I like brighter colours than most artists, so many may disagree with me.
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Crit_RichardSeymour_Magus
Artist: Richard Seymour / Title: Majus / Medium: Acrylic
Artist’s comments: This is were the mind goes if you are incarcerated.
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Barbara Reilly: I like the atmosphere of doom and the movement. An appropriate subject for today?
Colin Garrod: I didn’t know you could ride a horse! – have you been riding for long?
John Lucking: There is a lot of energy in this picture – I like it – especially the sky and clouds.
Dave Tribe: Very powerful – and hasn’t your beard grown during the lockdown.
George Foxwell: A bit creepy but I like it, Gandalf and the eagles come to mind.
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crit_joycrouch_Waterside Cottage
Artist: Joy Crouch / Title: Waterside Cottage / Medium: Watercolour
Artist’s comments: This was painted quite a while ago but never sold.  I like the granulation on the roof but not the reflections.
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Colin Garrod:  A lovely des res – and I think the reflections are ok!
John Lucking: I think this is a very nice and well-composed watercolour painting, but (now you have pointed it out) the reflections in the water are not the best bit. It looks like you have used white paint, rather than leave some paper unpainted, which has made it look a little heavier than you probably intended.
George Foxwell: Nice subject and composition. Getting realistic reflections in water is difficult but I think yours are ok. I’m impressed that you have done this in watercolour.
Dave Tribe: Very well executed – particularly the water which looks like it’s moving. One or two figures on the bridge would bring it to life.
Gina Grimwood: This is a very attractive subject & I agree with most of the above comments including Dave’s with figures on the bridge. Perhaps the reflection of the light green bush to the left of the bridge needs lightning a little to show it up. I think I would have left the first wash as unpainted paper to suggest the lights.
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crit_colingarrod_JohnLucking
Artist: Colin Garrod / Title: John Lucking / Medium: Coloured pencil
Artist’s comments: I have just done this sketch, which awaits feedback before I progress further.
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Joy Crouch: A very good honest likeness. Would there have been some darker shades of grey amongst the white of the hair to give it more substance.
Barbara Reilly: I look forward to the next stage of this work.
John Lucking: I suggest that a portrait painter would do well to discard honesty and embrace flattery if he hopes for fame and commissions. On a more practical note, have you tried to capture likenesses with fewer lines or marks. The image looks a bit overworked to me. (Not that I could do a better portrait of anyone!)
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crit_johnlucking_Shad Thames light and shade
Artist: John Lucking / Title: Shad Thames light and shade / Medium: Pen and ink
Artist’s comments: I’m quite pleased with how this turned out. I think I succeeded in suggesting bright sunlight by using strong shadows.
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Joy Crouch: I love it, love it, love it!
Colin Garrod: I particularly like the graduation in tone with distance. Its even better than your previous one. You obviously know about steel structures!
Ed Hilton: I like the shapes formed by the shadows and the amazing perspective you have created.
Barbara Reilly: Impressive, striking artwork as usual.
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crit_edhilton_Pink tulips
Artist: Ed Hilton / Title: Pink tulips / Medium: Acrylic
Artist’s comments: Painting on canvas done during lockdown of some Tulips that appeared in Spring.
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Colin Garrod: A nice painting – and I like the tonal contrast – Well done!
John Lucking: You have such a good expression on light. Good colours too.
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crit_tonydevivo_Pencils Meeting at Dawn
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Pencils Meeting at Dawn / Medium: Watercolour
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Colin Garrod: A beautiful painting with lovely rich colours – you really are quite talented!
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crit_davetribe_Surreal self portrait 2000
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Surreal self portrait 2000 / Medium: Oil
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John Lucking: Although all the details are modern, this somehow reminds me of a room in a roman villa, or the ruins of Pompeii, with a picture of a mischievous minor deity on the wall.
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crit_richardseymour_The Third Most Dangerous Animal in Africa
Artist: Richard Seymour / Title: The Third Most Dangerous Animal in Africa / Medium: Acrylic
Artist’s comments: We met this herd of Cape Buffalo in Botswana near the Chobe River.
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Barbara Reilly: You have certainly captured the size of the herd.
Joy Crouch: Good different choice of subject. Like the handling of recession in the painting but would have preferred three animals in the foreground.
John Lucking: I like the way the foreground animals confront the viewer. The legs of the mid-ground animals are not quite right. The almost seem to dangle from the animals.
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crit_ginagrimwood_Ponies grazing in the New Forest
Artist: Gina Grimwood / Title: Ponies grazing in the New Forest / Medium: Oil
Artist’s comments: A different subject for me – my grandaughter is horse mad so this is for her!
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Barbara Reilly: Really like the misty colours giving atmosphere. Lucky grandaughter.
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crit_davetribe_Nonsuch Palace restored
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Nonsuch Palace restored / Medium: Oil
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Colin Garrod: A lovely interesting painting with an amusing slant!
Barbara Reilly: Is that Henry on the bike?
John Lucking: A great idea for a picture.
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crit_malcolmbeakhust_Dominoes
Artist: Malcolm Beakhust / Title: Dominoes / Medium: Watercolour
Artist’s comments: This was painted from a Pixabay photo reference and perhaps I should have not copied the background so literally as I am not sure it works so well for a painting.  Painting fabric is a real challenge for me and were reworked a few times before I decided to leave it as you see here where at least it cannot be confused for anything else.
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Joy Crouch: I love the figures. You just need to tone down the grass and add some shade, under the hats etc.
Colin Garrod: I too, like the figures but think the grass could be toned down and perhaps the figures could have a little more variation in tone particularly under the hats.
John Lucking: The people are really well done. The background lets the picture down. I would get rid of the path and tone the green down a lot, or even just paint a neutral background to concentrate our eyes on the figures.
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Crit_JohnLucking_Epsom_Common
Artist: John Lucking / Title: Epsom Common / Medium: Pen and ink
Artist’s comments: This is a large (A1 size) picture, based rather loosely on many recent walks around the common.  I may have another go.
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Dave Tribe: Very, very effective – one of your best
Joy Crouch: Fabulous colours. I love the ‘fantasy’ style of it.
Ed Hilton: Very interesting colours and design.
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crit_davetribe_Corona Nest
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Corona Nest / Medium: Mixed media
Artist’s comments: Installation for VE Day
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crit_ginagrimwood_Ponies in clover
Artist: Gina Grimwood / Title: Ponies in clover / Medium: Oil
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Joy Crouch: Lovely colours but maybe the fence could be lower. Also higher grasses in the foreground to break up the line of the lower part of the fence.
Colin Garrod: Yes – I think the fence acts too much much as a barrier, so could be lower and perhaps a bit darker – but otherwise lovely.
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crit_barbarastevens_Chalk Lane
Artist: Barbara Stevens / Title: Chalk Lane / Medium: Oil
Artist’s comments: I painted the left-hand picture a couple of years ago, but never liked it.  I decided to see if I could improve it when I came across it again last week.
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Dave Tribe: A really great improvement. In spite of Picasso saying ‘A painting is never finished – it is merely abandoned’, I’ve found that it often pays to go back to an old painting and transform it to something better. Well done!
Barbara Reilly: The first painting was pleasing, but yes, I think a fresh look has improved the scene. It was well worth another go.
crit_tonydevivo_Pss! Can you see that cat anyone?
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Pss! Can you see that cat anyone? / Medium: Pencil/Solvent
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Barbara Stevens: Brilliant!  You are so talented Tony.
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crit_tonydevivo_Big cat 4
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Big cat 4 / Medium: Pencil/Solvent
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Crit_TonyDevivoBigCat1
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Big Cat 1/ Medium: Faber Castell pencil +solvent
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Joy Crouch: Congratulations Tony on your 3 outstanding pictures of those majestic creatures.
Ingeborg Neale:  I like all 3 pictures. Is number 1 on lockdown? Great expression, very sensitively painted.

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Crit_TonyDevivoBigCat2
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Big Cat 2 / Medium: Faber Castell pencil +solvent
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Richard Seymour: Tony you are a really good artist and create pictures people would like to buy. Please put some of your pictures in our exhibitions.
George Foxwell: Of the three Big Cats this is my favourite. The colouring and the rendition of the fur is truly of professional standard. Richard is right, you should sell them. You have even impressed my wife (with the Artwork) and she’s not easily impressed.
Colin Garrod: Yes – this my favourite too – Well done!

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Crit_TonyDevivoBigCat3
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Big Cat 3 / Medium: Watercolour
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Barbara Reilly: Your paintings of the three cats are striking. The use of coloured pencils has worked perfectly, as has the watercolour in Cat 3. The background colours suit the subjects. The many hours taken to complete these cats was worth while.

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crit_ginagrimwood_the river wey, ripley
Artist: Gina Grimwood / Title: The River Wey, Ripley / Medium: Watercolour
Artist’s comments: Painted from a sketch done on location.
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Joy Crouch: The appeal of this lovely painting lies in its simplicity.
Ed Hilton: I like the way you’ve captured the light and shadow with such simplicity.
John Lucking: I really like this picture. You’ve made it look easy, but we know it isn’t. You have the best greens. Shows how toned down greens need to be. I’ll try to remember next time I paint grass and trees.
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