4 Student paintings critiqued by the esteemed John Crump. Enjoy.
Beach and rocks - Elena Sokolova
Well – another excellent effort!
Beautiful colour and excellent tonal work. Possibly my only criticism would be the edge of the closer bluff is striking the dark rock in the middle distance exactly on it’s point – possibly an oversight that anyone could miss! A small twinkle of light somewhere in the breaking surf would be a help to give a little more excitement and sense of movement to the surf too.
Yours too is a great effort Sharon.
I think you've shown great courage in attempting to show the sun and it's light rays coming from behind the hill. I say that because achieving the effect you want is very difficult with acrylics, Their quick drying works against you. Unfortunately, I feel that the rays of light are actually a problem as they do not look as convincing as the rest of the painting.
Apart from that, the painting is very good but I would rather see you trying the same painting in oils as it will give you more time to achieve the effects you want. It will also help you to create soft edges – along the edges of the stream in the foreground for example.
Overall, I very nice painting.
A great effort Nancy. You have captured the mood of the day very well – early light with a good deal sea haze in the air.
There are two things that I would have done a little differently Nancy – your see salt in the air against the cliffs has had edges at the tops. To look like haze, It needed a very soft age at the top. In the sea, you have virtually no hard edges. It's needed a few to define the top edges of waves and splashes.
Otherwise, I very good effort.
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