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_tonydevivo_Good job he can't fly
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Good job he can’t fly / Medium: Acrylic
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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.
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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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crit_davetribe_Nonsuch, Entrance from Stoneleigh
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Nonsuch, Entrance from Stoneleigh / Medium: Oil
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Barbara Stevens: Nonsuch Palace makes a really good subject.  I think that I would remove the signpost – my eye keeps being drawn to it instead of the palace.
Colin Garrod: I like this as it is – so no need to remove the signpost!
Dave Tribe: Thanks – Sign gone, looks much better
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crit_davetribe_Love it or hate it
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Love it or hate it / Medium: Oil
Artist’s comments: My latest, and maybe last, in my Corona virus series. It’s called ‘LOVE IT OR HATE IT’ – the same question applies to the painting!
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crit_johnlucking_Doorway of Curia Building, Granada
Artist: John Lucking / Title: Doorway of Curia Building, Granada / Medium: Pen and wash
Artist’s comments: Based on photos from my holiday in Granada and Seville in 2018. The shadows are from trees outside the frame.
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Barbara Stevens: This is lovely – you’ve captured the sunlight and the atmosphere really well.
Colin Garrod: Yes I agree! and it’s a slight departure from your usual accomplished style?
Gina Grimwood: I really like this painting- especially the cast shadows.
Joy Crouch: The subject really suits your style of painting. More please.
Barbara Reilly: I find the composition and execution extremely polished.
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crit_tonydevivo_Big Homage to Geoff Hunt Admiral Nelson about to board Victory 1805
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Big Homage to Geoff Hunt Admiral Nelson about to board Victory 1805 / Medium: Oil
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Dave Tribe:  I really like your recent ship pictures but I hope they haven’t got Coronavirus on board!
George Foxwell: This is marginally my favourite of your two ship paintings. Both are impressively good but the composition and viewpoint on this one does it for me.
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crit_tonydevivo_HMS Resolution Capt. James Cook off Vancouver Island
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: HMS Resolution Capt. James Cook off Vancouver Island / Medium: Oil
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crit_johnlucking_The Cricketers, Stamford Green
Artist: John Lucking / Title: The Cricketers, Stamford Green / Medium: Pen and ink
Artist’s comments: I think this has come out a bit too neat.  If I do it again, I’ll try to scruff it up a bit.
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Barbara Reilly: Neat is your distinctive style, so do you need to change?
Barbara Stevens: It would be very interesting to see you tackle the same subject in a completely different style!
Colin Garrod: I don’t actually think it looks like The Cricketers! Perhaps it’s partly because it lacks sufficient tonal variation to give it perspective?
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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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