The composition of this painting is great, and just a few adjustments might make the painting even better. A more neutral background would make the girl’s hair more prominent and would stay in the background. There’s some red in the woman’s cheek that could be toned down. The blues in her shirt could be less intense, leaving just some intense shapes. After making these changes, it might also become apparent that the whites in the foreground are too bright. This could be remedied by adding some neutrals.
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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