Painting critique 1

Crit_ColinGarrod_ChrisWhittyCMO
Artist: Colin Garrod / Title: Chris Whitty CMO / Medium: Graphite
Artist’s comments: I have just done this sketch, which awaits feedback before I progress further.
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George Foxwell: I recognised the guy straight away so you have the likeness. I think this is well worth developing. I’d love to see it finished.
Barbara Reilly: You have captured the likeness. The eyes tell a tale. Well done.

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Crit_TonyDevivo_MorningMistLifting
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Morning mist lifting / Medium: Watercolour
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George Foxwell: Very Turnerish, I think you’ve nailed it with this one.
Colin Garrod: Yes – a lovely painting – I can almost feel I am there!
Richard Seymour: A beautiful painting. The translucent quality is extremely well done.
For the right price I might buy this picture.

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Crit_TonyDevivo_BelroBoundForTheWestIndies2
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Yacht Belro bound for the West Indies / Medium: Oil
Artist’s comments: Tides in now! Better with sea painted. In oils was wating for white oil pastel to finish the sea
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Colin Garrod: A delightful and dynamic painting. Much improved now the tide has come in and the stern is back in the water!

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Crit_JoyCrouch_EastbournePier
Artist: Joy Crouch / Title: Eastbourne Pier / Medium: Acrylic
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Colin Garrod: I like the painting. The varied people add interest and seem to be in a realistic perspective. I also like the cloudy sky. My only minor comment is that perhaps the ground is a bit bright and should be more subdued?
Barbara Stevens: I like this very much, but I would make the foreground warmer at the front, and cooler nearer the building.
George Foxwell: This brought back powerful childhood memories and in doing so illustrated what can be accomplished by the Artist’s skill with paint on canvas.
Dave Tribe: I love the simplicity and sharpness of the colours. Would make a great poster.
Gina Grimwood: This has a lovely sunny feel to it & my only comment would be the same as Barbara to make the ground close to the pier slightly cooler.
Barbara Reilly: I agree with Dave, the vibrant colours make this a scene to say “Wish you were here”

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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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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?
John Lucking: Good dolphins, but I see your point on the background not quite matching the power of the subject. I could imagine a version of this painting where there is some evidence of water in front of the dolphins, perhaps some flow lines and bubbles to increase the sense of power and speed. Easy to say, hard to do, but perhaps slightly easier in oils or acrylics.

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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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George Foxwell: Congratulations, sad story but a lovely piece of work.
Colin Garrod: I like the painting and you seem to have captured Molly’s personality. My only minor comment is that perhaps the fur should have slightly softer transitions between tones?

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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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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!
Joy Crouch: Wow…I love this painting. The colours work so well especially those touches of blue.
George Foxwell: I like it. I usually try to offer some constructive comments but the best I can come up with is “well done”.
Dave Tribe: A delight as always. Would you please do a bad one for a change?
Barbara Reilly: I have watched this painting develop into another of your striking pictures. I also like the addition of blue, (Hugh was right about colour!)

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Crit_TonyDevivo_BelroBoundForTheWestIndies
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Yacht Belro bound for the West Indies / Medium: Oil
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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.
Dave Tribe: Can’t see the sea – is it an air ship?

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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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Gina Grimwood: We’ve all got to know Rishi really well over the last few weeks & this is instantly recognizable as him. I feel the pencil lines under the eyes & over the cheeks could be softened just a little. It will be interesting to see this when it’s finished.
John Lucking: I would ask what you are trying to draw. Is it just a likeness of Rishi Sunak, or is it a tragic portrait of a man who has just had an almost unbelievable lucky break, just to see it turn to ashes in a few short weeks.

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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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Malcolm Beakhust: Without knowing the model (or reference), the proportions seem pretty well spot on to me and the only suggestion I would make is that her left hand might need to look a little more like she is being partially supported by it with just a bit more bend in the fingers. But maybe she has strong abs.
Dave Tribe: Which of our members posed for this? I must come to more of the life drawing evenings!
Ingeborg Neale: Perfect proportions. was it a model? looks uncomforable to hold

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Crit_MaureenJones_HolyIslandAnglesey
Artist: Maureen Jones / Title: Holy Island, Anglesey / Medium: Acrylic
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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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Colin Garrod: Lovely composition and colours. But perhaps the buildings could be a different colour from the flowers.
Barbara Reilly: Your memory I think, in glorious colour.

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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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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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Colin Garrod: Another accomplished painting. I think the mountains could have more variation in colour temperature but without drawing attention away from the boats.
Fiona Bates: I love the foregrounds and trees at the edges. It reminds me of paper cut outs. Very unusual.
Barbara Reilly: The pale backgrounds emphasise the subjects and in fact are so interesting and original. Perhaps a small black frame or mount would enhance the whole.

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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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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.
Ingeborg Neale: Pen and ink plus watercolour? I like the bottom left best. all very cinematic – think Metropolis!

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Crit_JoyCrouch_CantStopPaintingZebras
Artist: Joy Crouch / Title: Can’t Stop Painting Zebras / Medium: watercolour and acrylic
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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.
Ingeborg Neale: I like the direct glance in the bottom left picture. very appealing, like the sensitive treatment. btw giraffes have lovely markings too…

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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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Colin Garrod: I like the composition but the table looks like it might fall over. Perhaps Lucy could have more variation in tone/colour
John Lucking: I like this painting just as it is. I could imagine a more impressionistic version being successful as well. The red highlights are my favourite bit. Something would be lost if she were drinking white wine.
Gina Grimwood: I like the composition here especially the little peep into the inside of the cafe. As the light is presumably coming from the front left I feel the cast shadows could be emphasized it bit more.
Dave Tribe: I’m known to be so cruel that I can make grown men cry and give women PTSD – but, try as I might, I can’t this time! I think it’s delightful. Did you copy it or is it your own composition?  My only comment, very minor, is to vary the red colours such as making the wine burgundy rather than poppy.

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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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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.
John Lucking: A very successful painting. It’s hard to get this sort of view right, but you have managed it and made it look easy. I like that you emphasise shape and colour and resist fussy details.

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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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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?
John Lucking: I love the strong colours. To me, this painting is about the water and reflections. The feeling of heat would reduce if the sun were painted yellow or orange, so white works for me.

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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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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?
Gina Grimwood: I like the way the water has been treated in this painting especially the reflections – I think the middle group of elephants could be defined slightly more even though they’re further back. Maybe the background trees could be more bluey/green.
Barbara Reilly: Your adventures sure do bring a variation to your paintings. This is better than a photo.