October 24, 2007

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CRITIQUE: "Along the Colorado"

by Elizabeth Pruitt

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Along the Colorado
2003, oil on Masonite, 11 x 14.

The artist has done a nice job with this seascape—the shape of the rock formations in the foreground are effective in contrast to the horizontal edges of the sea and land. However, the artist may want to consider adding gray to the sky as it nears the horizon line. I would also suggest differentiating between the shapes of the sea and the land—especially on the left side of the painting. These shapes should be different sizes, and you should consider the negative spaces when reworking this part of the composition.

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. Pruitt for more information.



 

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