This painting is still unfinished even though I woke up at 3:00 a.m. to work on it a bit. I was excited this morning as I put the wet painting in a studio frame to carry to a critique session put on by the Artists of Northwest Arkansas (ANA). We were honored to have Ralph Irwin of Ralph Irwin Studios, as the artist heading the critique session. Each member brought one finished and one unfinished painting and we spent the day listening and learning as Mr. Irwin reviewed each painting.
His critique of this painting was more contrasts (lights/darks), values changes as it moves from the background through the middle ground, into the foreground. And of course, finishing the livestock. This was my first "real life" critique and I found his comments on all the paintings most informative and helpful.