Christine Swann's critique of 12 paintings was a listen and learn experience.
Even if your own painting was not in the hot seat, her evaluation taught us plenty. Ann Evers was the hit of the session, when she said, 'show me what color you mean," and looked on as just a few strokes by Christine pushed the background and lit the face. Eight critiques in, Caroline Ratliff's rock painting hit the easel, where Christine enlivened the center of interest by adding two lighter values to the sunlit area. In addition to tips for improving, most paintings won a "beautiful technique" comment!
A few of those priceless tips:
Where do you want the viewer to look--what is important? Let that be the brightest or lightest color.
The photo lies, especially in shadows. They are airy; lighten and brighten the colors.
The frame can make or break your painting, the dark color takes away from the face; make it lighter and you have a winner in a competition.
Watch those sharp edges of contrast, dark against light. They grab the eye.
Work the background as you work the painting; it influences your color choices.
Drawing lines can be a lyrical beautiful part of your painting.
And most important: obey the Law of Light!
Paintings by Artists Below l-r: Joan Eure, Ann Evers (3) Ed Meanley, Theresa Honeycheck, Pam Schrader, Becky Rusk, Betty James, Caroline Ratliff (2), Sharon Haney, Lynn Schwalm.
Author & photos: Carolyn Hancock
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