Use negative space on both sides of the canvas to create a unified composition.
by Elizabeth Pruitt
2007, acrylic, 36 x 24.
The artist has created interesting negative shapes on the left side of the painting where the flowers go off the canvas. The artist may want to consider using this technique on the right side of the painting—pulling some of the flowers off the right side of the canvas would create some interesting shapes that would unify the composition. The light source in this painting is also questionable—choose a temperature and make it consistent throughout the painting. Warm light will create cool shadows, and cool light will create warm shadows. Finally, consider adding more color to the white drape to communicate the colors being reflected onto the cloth from the flowers—pinks, violets, and greens.
About the Critic
Elizabeth Pruitt studied art at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, and with nationally known instructors in both fine and decorative art. She first established a professional career as a decorative painter, writing books, teaching, and selling paintings under the name Elizabeth Hayes. Since expanding her professional activities as a fine artist, she has gained associate membership in the Oil Painters of America and has exhibited her still lifes in shows organized by several galleries and art organizations. The artist is currently represented by Mountain Trails Galleries, in Park City, Utah and Palm Desert, California; Tallgrass Fine Art Gallery, in Great Bend, Kansas; and Highlands Art Gallery in Chester, New Jersey. Email Pruitt for more information.
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