The composition is excellent. What needs a bit of help are the color choices. Backgrounds need to be cool, light in value, and not very intense. That means neutralizing the bright blue mountains with some grey-blue colors. I’d also suggest adjusting the foreground with some additional neutral colors and some dark accents. The darks in the foreground can be less muddy, since foreground colors can be more intense than background colors because there is less atmosphere. Also, there’s a blue shape just above the turn in the water that could be less intense.
About the Critic
Joyce Washor graduated from Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and also studied at the Woodstock School of Art, in Woodstock, New York. The author of Big Art, Small Canvas (North Light Books, Cincinnati, Ohio), Washor teaches at the Scottsdale Artists' School, in Arizona, and at the Woodstock School of Art. She is represented by Horizon Fine Art, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; The Crane Collection, in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts; and The Lawrence Gallery, in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, visit www.joycewashor.com and http://joycewashorsdailypaintings.blogspot.com.
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