by Sheri Crawford, 2008, oil on Masonite, 16 x 20.
Bravo! This painting is strong in both concept and execution. It really does not need any “fixing.”
A good exercise in this case is to consider alternate ideas for a piece. Another possibility for this painting might be to use the shadow to design the image. If the shadow on the back wall were enlarged, it would add more drama and minimize some of the mortar lines between the bricks. Also, if the right arm of the figure in the white shirt were darkened slightly, the arm of the walking figure would come forward.
The original painting adjusted to incorporate the critic's suggestions.
About the Critic
Dawn Whitelaw has studied painting with Scott Christensen, Cedric Egeli, Jim Pollard, and Everett Raymond Kinstler. In 2002 she received the Award of Excellence and Best of Show in an international competition sponsored by the Portrait Society of America, and she has exhibited her portrait, landscape, and still life paintings in juried shows organized by the Cumberland Society of Painters, the American Academy of Women Artists, and the Phoenix Historical Museum.
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