by Patti DeWitt, 2007, oil, 16 x 20.
A common challenge in painting summer landscapes is that there is usually so much green. In these cases artists can take lots of “artistic license” and have fun mixing lots of different greens, which can either be so warm that they are close to red or so cool that they read as blue. Artists should use warmer greens in the foreground and cooler ones in the background.
In this landscape there are some nice yellow-greens on the ground plane, but I would add some warmer yellows in the foreground. There isn’t much color in the sky (although this may just be an issue with this jpeg image), and it appears unfinished. Gray is OK, but I would suggest some variation.
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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