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Katherine Nutt

10 Days Ago

Critique Appreciated

I plan on entering a competition that is inspired by specific areas around my local town. Since I do not live in Middle Earth it’s not my usual style! I would love any feedback or even ruthless critique about how to improve this. It’s an ink wash with ink dipping pen details.

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Chance Kafka

10 Days Ago

I like your style a lot - great softness and impressionism. Nice, gentle use of color

I am a bit confused by the foreground/lower part of the painting though. I cannot tell if the boys are crouching in water or sitting on a shoreline? I think the foreground needs more detail and tightening to give a stronger context to the scene.

I would also smooth out the boy's shirt on the left - kind of looks like a Hawaiian shirt - unless that's what you were going for. I also can't tell exactly which way the sunlight is coming from - maybe a bit more shadow on the boys to make that sunlight really pop and give it direction.

Hope this helpful! These are just my suggestions

 

Katherine Nutt

10 Days Ago

Thank you Chance that is very helpful! The boys are sitting in dappled shade with the sun probably right over head in my reference so that makes the funky shapes and lack of a distinctive light source. I can definitely work on the foreground.

 

Roger Swezey

10 Days Ago

I like the subtle spontaneity of the painting.

I would avoid overworking it

 

Chance Kafka

9 Days Ago

you're welcome!

 

Katherine Nutt

9 Days Ago

Thank you Roger! I appreciate your comment :)
I did end up darkening the foreground some in hope of grounding the boys.

 

Justin Lee

9 Days Ago

I love the subtlety and play with light but I do find the sharp edging of the boy on the right a bit too pronounced. Just one suggestion from a photographer! And good luck if you enter the competition.

 

Lise Winne

9 Days Ago

And yet I do love your Middle Earth drawings and paintings.
:-)

 

Angela Whitehouse

9 Days Ago

I think it is perfect as it is.

The shading is wonderful
and as you described the light is over head
This would give light and dark shading throughout as you have done from above.

I love the boys crouching at the waterline .
And the subtleness of the soft colours is stunning throughout
And the way it all blends together this gives its uniqueness.




 

Katherine Nutt

9 Days Ago

Thank you Justin. I do struggle with sharp lines as I am more of a drawer than a water colourist. I think in this case I better leave it rather than mess it up but should definitely keep in mind for future.

 

Katherine Nutt

9 Days Ago

Thank you Lise! I appreciate that you like my preferred theme! :)

 

Katherine Nutt

9 Days Ago

Oh gosh Angela! Thank you! I did end up intensifying the foreground. I hope I didn’t loose too much of the subtlety you describe:)

 

Chance Kafka

9 Days Ago

Would love to see your modified version!

 

Suzanne Powers

8 Days Ago

Your talent shines using this medium. I would love to see more watercolor from you.

 

Yolanda Lee

8 Days Ago

Your painting is fine! Just keep practicing your shadows and highlights. No need to harsh critique. Art is your own definition!

 

Ciara McCormack

8 Days Ago

A little more light /shade contrast, but just a touch. You’ve done a great job

 

Katherine Nutt

7 Days Ago

Thank you everyone for your comments and support, I did go ahead and darken/intensify the foreground, just a little. I started a new thread with the updated image as I don't see a way to add an image to this thread.
new thread with comparison image:
https://fineartamerica.com/showmessages.php?messageid=4966559

 

Abbie Shores

7 Days Ago

I thought it was fine as it was. Sorry. But good luck!

 

Katherine Nutt

7 Days Ago

Thank you Abby. I was mostly good with it but had too many doubts so the changes were made.

 

Kathleen Sartoris

6 Days Ago

I think it is beautiful the way it is. Wonderful art.

 

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