Welcome to “Crit Wall“, where I offer online critiques of individual art pieces. To submit, send me a link to one image by commenting here, or by emailing the link to me at clara(at)claralieu.com. Please, NO ATTACHMENTS. Include the media, size, and title if you have one. Only submit original, finished works, no works in progress or sketches. Artwork created for a RISD degree program course is not eligible. You’ll receive notification if your piece is selected to be critiqued. Only one submission per person please, and know that I will not be able to critique every single work due to the volume of submissions. All images will be posted anonymously.
Probably the most successful part of this piece is the banana peel sitting in the cup on the left side of the composition. The banana peel doesn’t reveal it’s identity immediately. The identity of the banana peel is somewhat elusive initially, and it takes some visual investigation to figure out exactly what it is one is looking at. The banana peel is suggestive of other forms in nature: a fish, a leaf, etc. The fact that the banana peel is able to be transformed into other forms keeps things ambiguous and slightly mysterious in an engaging way.
In terms of articulation there is an effective contrast between the fuzziness of the warm pink shadows in the background against the sharpness of the banana peel. The pink shadows have a light, airy, painterly feel to them while the edges of the banana peel are quite crisp and detailed by comparison. This makes for a lovely combination between the two contrasting areas.
The color is handled well in this piece. There is the feeling of a monochromatic color scheme, yet when one sits down to analyze the colors, there are many more colors than seen at first glance. The intense sharpness of the alizarin crimson color in the center of the glass on the right is a nice surprise. This juxtaposed against the soft pink and yellow tones makes for a nice contrast. There is a brilliance and luminosity to the glass on the right hand side that creates a compelling sense of light and transparency.
Composition is the greatest weakness in this piece. The two primary objects are placed smack in the middle of the page, which makes the composition predictable and static. Placing your subject dead center is generally not a good strategy when it comes to composition. Generally speaking, having your subject matter slightly off center is a better way to layout the composition. Additionally, there is almost nothing to sustain the viewer’s attention in the background, and thus a good portion of the image is wasted. If a large chunk of the background was eliminated, and the piece would be considerably stronger in terms of composition. The horizontal and vertical lines in the background are also too stable and therefore appear to be static and dull.
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