Painting critique 2

Crit_MalcolmBeakhust_ScottishHarbour
Artist: Malcolm Beakhust / Title: Scottish Harbour / Medium: Watercolour
Artist’s comments: Although not perfect, I enjoyed painting this but think that, despite there not being anyone in the reference photograph, it needs someone at the top of the steps, having just climbed them, although I am a little afraid of messing it up.
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Joy Crouch: The colours are great. I don’t think you need any figures just some strengthening of the shadows eg under the eaves of the buildings and the boat. Very pleasing picture. Also shade on the paved wall to help it recede near the steps.
George Foxwell:  I like it as it is. It does what I think good art should do, it sets a mood, in this case and for me it invokes tranquility. I would be happy to hang this on my wall.
Dave Tribe: Great composition – love the footprints – but needs shaddow on wall side of boat. You will be happy with the result.
Ed Hilton: I like the composition and the way you have created the different textures and shapes within it.
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Crit_MalcolmBeakhust_Eyeball
Artist: Malcolm Beakhust / Title: Eyeball / Medium: Watercolour
Artist’s comments: This was painted as a study for a Facebook group. I have made a slight error as the eyelid turns into the eye socket and made it a little too steep, but would welcome any tips to improve for next time.
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Ingeborg Neale: Very nice study, especially the pupil, with light reflection. the eyelashes seem a bit short?

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Crit_BarbaraStevens_TopsyTurvy
Artist: Barbara Stevens / Title: Topsy turvy / Medium: Oil
Artist’s comments: The first time that I’ve painted a cat in oil.  And the first time I’ve painted a cat at a funny angle, but the photo I worked from made me smile.
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Colin Garrod: A lovely painting – you seem to have successfully transferred your cat painting skills to oils! I wonder if perhaps it could have a more subtle transition between ground and background?
Ingeborg Neale: The funny angle makes it interesting. the two different background tones give it balance and the fur looks soft, waiting to be touched.
George Foxwell: Lovely, I can hear him purr.

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Crit_DaveTribe_CoronaInstallation
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Corona Instalation / Medium: Mixed media
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Barbara Reilly: We can trust you to join two interesting, well executed paintings together to make a statement, smile or cry.

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Crit_DaveTribe_Evolution
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Evolution / Medium: Acrylic
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Ingeborg Neale: I can see these times have been very productive for your creativity. there are references to other paintings and your great imagination puts it all together.

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Crit_DaveTribe_NonsuchMansion
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Nonsuch Mansion / Medium: Oil
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Gina Grimwood:  I like this painting especially the way the light falls from the right leaving the front of the main building in shadow. Not sure about the twiggery on the main trees- is it a bit much -maybe a little more emphasis on the thicker branches.

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Crit_CaveTribe_RoyalOakBrockham
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Royal Oak Brockham / Medium: Oil
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Barbara Reilly: It’s pleasing to recognise a familiar peaceful scene, a contrast to some of your other striking works! Not sure about the tree shadows though, sorry if they were like that.

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Crit_BarbaraReilly_PeacefulAfternoon
Artist: Barbara Reilly / Title: Peaceful afternoon / Medium: Watercolour
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Colin Garrod: I like the soft colours, the interesting composition and the way the detail of the railings is offset by the otherwise looser style of the painting. I think a slightly more subdued and perhaps cooler back wall might perhaps help improve its aerial perspective?
Gina Grimwood: This has a nice continental feel to it & I like the colouring very much.I think the steps could be improved by making each step deeper with rt.angled cut outs at each side to improve perspective. I could be wrong of course!!
Crit_BarbaraReilly_HatchlandsPark
Artist: Barbara Reilly / Title: Hatchlands Park / Medium: Oil
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Gina Grimwood: I like the way the front of the house has been handled especially as it’s an acute perspective angle. I was wondering if some foliage could be added beside the wall beneath the main urn- rather like the rose bush in the foreground.
Richar Seymour: I like this picture very much. I can see what Gina means but if this is how you want it to look then don’t change it. A picture is your creation and if it is as you want it then it doesn’t matter. It took the world a while to catch up with Van Gogh.
Colin Garrod: I particularly like the trees and foliage. Perhaps the steps could be very slightly darker. Well done!
Dave Tribe: Very nice painting – but I feel would be more interesting with one or two figures added.

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Crit_GeorgeFoxwell_Humphrey
Artist: George Foxwell / Title: Humphrey / Medium: Oil
Artist’s comments: I’m not happy with this piece. I don’t think I caught a true likeness. I’ve spent hours trying to get it right. Helpful comments would be much appreciated.
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Barbara Stevens: Instantly recognisable, but he looks a bit baby faced. I think that his left eye needs to be narrower, and maybe the right eye needs to look more to his left.  The shading on his face could be much darker, particularly on his right-hand side.  Given his character, maybe it would be better to paint him using rough brush strokes.
Joy Crouch: Your treatment of the hat and coat are excellent. I can almost feel the material. Maybe a bit more light on the right hand side of the brim. Not sure if the brim on the hat is up or down
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Crit_TonyDevivo_WaitingForGullsToArrive2
Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Waiting for the gulls to arrive 2 / Medium: Oil
Artist’s comments: Scottish fishing boat in the North Sea.  Gulls have arrived.  I think it looks better!
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Dave Tribe: Best you’ve ever done!
Colin Garrod: I like the painting and its turbulent sea. I think it is better with the gulls but perhaps the boat could have a bit more tonal variation.
Barbara Reilly: A great painting, the sea is brilliant.

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Crit_TonyDevivo_WaitingForGullsToArrive Artist: Tony Devivo / Title: Waiting for gulls to arrive / Medium: Oil[/caption]

Artist’s comments: Scottish fishing boat in the North Sea
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Joy Crouch: Love the sea but perhaps a little more light and shade on the boat.

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Crit_BarbaraStevens_Gully
Artist: Barbara Stevens / Title: Gully / Medium: Acrylic
Artist’s comments: I’ve had fun painting my white cat using a technique I read about in an article by Marie Antoniou (Hash Akib’s partner).
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Colin Garrod: A lovely painting – I don’t know which technique you used but it certainly lead to a great result.
George Foxwell: This is interesting, you have a realistic cat using a technique that I would have though unsuitable but it works, well done and thanks for the contribution, I look forward to another.
Dave  Tribe: Love the facetted style – a winner all the way.
Gina Grimwood: Love this! Especially the way the background brushstrokes & colours have been reflected in the back of the cat.

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Crit_JoyCrouch_PaulSchofield
Artist: Joy Crouch / Title: Paul Schofield / Medium: Pencil on watercolour paper
Artist’s comments: A drawing inspired by a photograph
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Richard Seymour:  I really enjoyed this graphite rendering of one of our great actors. I knew who it was immediately so the representation must be excellent. Well done.

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Crit_DaveTribe_CoronaEscape1
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Corona escape 1 / Medium: Oil
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Colin Garrod: In future I think I’ll try and avoid Mornington Crescent Station and take a bus instead!
Gina Grimwood: I think I’ve spotted one of my chickens!!
Ingeborg Neale: The wizard strikes again! another whimsical statement.

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Crit_DaveTribe_CoronaEscape2
Artist: Dave Tribe / Title: Corona escape 2 / Medium: Oil
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Colin Garrod: An interesting shockingly colourful contemporary interior landscape with a modern perspective – is it another painting inspired from Roger Dellar?!!
George Foxwell: Disturbing subject with added political overtones but nice to see somebody working in oil.
Gina Grimwood: I like the way the fleeing figures have been silouhetted in this with the light behind them- it all adds to the sense of foreboding in this painting.

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Crit_GinaGrimwood_RoadsideTrees
Artist: Gina Grimwood / Title: Roadside trees / Medium: Watercolour
Artist’s comments: Just practising winter trees
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Dave Tribe: Where are the chickens?
Ingeborg Neale: So atmospheric.
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Crit_BarbaraStevens_CountryLane
Artist: Barbara Stevens / Title: Country lane / Medium: Watercolour
Artist’s comments: This is my 4th attempt at this subject, and I’ve been adjusting my colour palette with each version.
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Colin Garrod: A nicely well balanced painting – and I love its soft and subtle colours. Obviously 4th time lucky! My only minor comment is perhaps the focal point (gate?) could have slightly more emphasis?
Gina Grimwood: I like this painting very much-especially the trees & the foreground lane. I think the grass in the middle of the lane ends rather abruptly & perhaps could be softened a little. Great aerial perspective & lovely sky.

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Crit_RIchardSeymour_PicturesAtAnExhibition
Artist: Richard Seymour / Title: Pictures at an Exhibition / Medium: Acrylic
Artist’s comments: I watched these two ladies at our Bourne Hall Exhibition in October examine every picture in our exhibition most carefully.
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Colin Garrod: A nice well balanced painting in a lovely loose style. Perhaps the perspective of the wall and its paintings is a little adrift unless this was intended?

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Crit_MalcolmBeakhust_EasternGirl
Artist: Malcolm Beakhust / Title: Eastern Girl / Medium: Watercolour
Artist’s comments: I painted this from a photographic reference and,  although I am happy enough with the shape of the head, her pale Eastern complexion proved very difficult to replicate. It is pale OK, but it lacks the warmth of the original. It may be too late to do anything about this one, but it would be good to see what others have to offer as advice.
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Colin Garrod: I do like the shape of the head. The advice to leave more space for the girl to look into may not apply here as you probably wish to emphasise her earphones? Perhaps a cooler background would help warm her complexion.
George Foxwell: I like this, you have done the hair well but I think the skin tone more western. I think the eastern warm skin tone is nearer golden than blush pink. You might like to base the eastern skin tone on Raw Sienna it works on oils but I don’t know if it would with watercolours.