Lisa Bower

Red Barn, oil on can­vas

International Artist - - Painting Critiques -

Nice one, Lisa! Great green/red com­ple­men­tary colour combo, sub­tly done—glad you didn’t use a Ker­mit the Frog green in the fore­ground. The draw­ing of the barn it­self is just about spot on—nice and cris, too, ex­cept does the peak of the roof ac­tu­ally over­lap like that? I wouldn’t know. I do feel its place­ment is a lit­tle odd with it nearly touch­ing the edges of the paint­ing, aided by the road and the top of the trees all point­ing to that spot.

Maybe if you made a sub­tle swoop­ing curve in the road swing­ing from left to right to left, it would help there and bring our at­ten­tion to that beau­ti­ful lit­tle spot of light be­hind the barn high­light­ing the sheep, which I think you could make more of and is the real hid­den jewel of this paint­ing. Be­cause there’s not a lot hap­pen­ing in the back­ground blue you could af­ford to crop an inch or two off the top with­out los­ing any­thing. My rule of thumb is that if it’s not adding any­thing to the de­sign then you might as well leave it out. Over­all, you’ve got a good paint­ing here, but there are some things for you to think about.

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