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_joycrouch_Morning Rain
Artist: Joy Crouch / Title: Morning Rain / Medium: Acrylic
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crit_tonydevivo_Grizzly fishing
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Grizzly fishing / Medium: Acrylic with gloss medium
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Joy Crouch: You’re certainly embracing acrylic. I love the bear and the water.
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crit_tonydevivo_Grizzly about to go fishing
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Grizzly about to go fishing / Medium: Acrylic
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Barbara Stevens: Beautiful – very atmospheric.
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crit_georgefoxwell_Castle on the Loch
Artist: George Foxwell / Title: Castle on the Loch / Medium: Oil
Artist’s comments: I wanted to try a landscape and I wanted to do a big painting. Comments, however critical, are much appreciated.
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Barbara Stevens: What a lovely sunny painting. I think I would crop a bit off the right-hand side so that the castle isn’t dead centre, and I would tone the green on the left-hand side down a bit – make it a bit browner.
Gina Grimwood: This is a lovely subject & I agree with Barbara’s comments above -especially about the castle being dead centre. Even though the reflection is obviously a mirror image, I think it needs breaking up a bit as it goes towards the bottom of the picture-mainly the sky area.
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crit_tonydevivo_Boo!
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Boo! / Medium: Faber Castell pencils
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crit_tonydevivo_Boo again!
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Boo again! / Medium: Faber Castell pencils
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crit_barbarareilly_Peaceful Lane
Artist: Barbara Reilly / Title: Peaceful Lane / Medium: Oil
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Joy Crouch: I quite like the way the buildings are situated together. I don’t mind the car because your eye comes back into the picture with the help of the slanted roof. Maybe I would have opened the gate. All in all I like this painting.
George Foxwell: I really like it, I’ve no problem with the car.  Has anybody noticed the Alien looking out of the window?
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crit_davetribe_Cherry picking
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Cherry picking / Medium: Acrylic
Artist’s comments: Something new, something blue
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Barbara Reilly: I like the freedom and movement in this painting.
Joy Crouch: I know it is an obvious remark to make but both the cherries and the birds are fighting for prominence.  The birds should win. Knock back the background attractive though it is.
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crit_tonydevivo_Slurp, slurp
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Slurp, slurp / Medium: Faber Castell pencils
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Joy Crouch: Brilliant again! Am I going to be the only person commenting on these wonderful pictures?
Barbara Reilly: I am sure we are all appreciating your art work. This dog gives us a added smile too.
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crit_davetribe_Gillian's garden
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Gillian’s garden / Medium: Oil
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Gina Grimwood: A very attractive garden painting-I like the composition especially the way the path leads us to the wooden arch.To give it a sunnier look I think a shadow across the foreground of the path & under the archway would help.
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crit_tonydevivo_Good job he can't fly
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Good job he can’t fly / Medium: Acrylic
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Joy Crouch: Stop now Tony, we’re running short of superlatives!
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crit_johnlucking_Epsom Common 2
Artist: John Lucking / Title: Epsom Common 2 / Medium: Pen and ink
Artist’s comments: My second Epsom Common picture. A bit less “trippy” than my first one (at least the leaves are green now.) I am reasonably happy with it, but there are a few things I would do differently if I can summon up the energy to attempt version 3.
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Joy Crouch: This is an attractive picture. My sister loves it and she is hard to please.
Dave Tribe: Rather clever composition – works well – would make good poster or book cover.
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crit_davetribe_Moulin Rouge
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Moulin Rouge / Medium: Oil
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Colin Garrod: Une belle peinture d’un site iconique intéressant.
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crit_davetribe_Moulin Bleu
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Moulin Bleu / Medium: Oil
Artist’s comments: The negative version of Moulon Rouge converted on My PC  – turned out rather better than I expected – always fun to do.
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Barbara Reilly: An interesting conversion. It is good to get away from the run of the mill colours!
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crit_tonydevivo_Tiger tiger burning bright
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Tiger tiger burning bright / Medium: Oil
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Joy Crouch: Wow..the art of painting dark against bright is such a powerful technique to use.
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crit_barbarastevens_A perfect spring morning
Artist: Barbara Stevens / Title: A perfect spring morning / Medium: Oil
Artist’s comments: I painted this from a photo that I took on Ashtead Common in April.
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George Foxwell: I’m impressed, good composition, excellent subject and a lovely play of light and shadow.
Colin Garrod: A lovely painting – and I guess you positioned the majestic Oak in order to give it sufficient emphasis. I particularly like the inclusion of the people in the distance.
Gina Grimwood: A lovely painting but I feel it’s sloping towards the left a bit.I think it’s mainly the shadow of the foreground tree as it goes towards the corner. Love the colours.
Barbara Stevens: Thanks Gina – I’ve altered the shadow.
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crit_davetribe_Mixed Messages
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Mixed Messages / Medium: Oil
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crit_tonydevivo_Water is such fascinating stuff
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Water is such fascinating stuff / Medium: Pencil
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Joy Crouch: The water droplets are good but I would have preferred a different tone on the body and paw [more ginger perhaps] as it is too close [in my opinion] to the colour of the background.
George Foxwell: I recognise that this is supposed to be a critique page but there is no way that I’m giving any criticism, I think this is terrific, where do you get the ideas from?
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crit_tonydevivo_Ella's. I told you should have given him his peanuts back!!
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Ella’s. I told you should have given him his peanuts back!! / Medium: Oil
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Joy Crouch: Brilliant painting again, I particularly like the elephant and the way the dusty ground is portrayed.
George Foxwell: Impressive elephant and nice composition. I’d love to see the original just to see how you’ve done it. I’m envious.
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crit_barbarastevens_Cuckmere Haven
Artist: Barbara Stevens / Title: Cuckmere Haven / Medium: Oil
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Colin Garrod: I like the contours and the far distance but I think more recession in tone would perhaps increase the perspective and depth.
George Foxwell: I really like the composition and the vertical landscape format fits the subject beautifully.  My eye was caught by the dark hill middle left of the work. I was looking for something but there was nothing there. I think would have abandoned reality and added something, maybe a chapel, a cluster of farm buildings or some farm animals.
Tony Devivo: Great picture.  Love the recession don’t change a thing.
Barbara Reilly: I like how the tiny figure calmly leads us through the landscape.
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