Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Piper of Lismore

I’m working on several pieces at the moment, but this one is giving me the greatest difficulty. As I am not very good at faces I can’t decide how much detail I should try to put in….or not!
Also I’m not sure whether there should be another child on the left foreground. As usual I am looking for opinions and critiques.
I got the idea for the painting from a photo I had of this lad playing tin whistle at a farmers market, and I made the rest up around him.


  1. Phil, I think that if you put another child on the left it would detract from the path to that beautiful black dog. Leaving a little empty space balances out the busyness of the fair scene so I think I'd leave it as it is. Just my opinion!

  2. Hi Phil,

    I agree with Sandy about the openness to the left and I think you have just the right amount of detail in the figures.


  3. Thanks Sandy and Vicki, I appreciate the input.

  4. Hi, I also like that space, it helps lead into the picture - I think another child would close it off rather than making you part of it as it is now. I like the detail on the faces, not too in depth, but enough to give them a bit of character! Great job!x

  5. Nice ork, I agree with the comments above!

  6. Great so far Phil, I wouldn't put too much detail on the faces, perhaps just shadows and highlights?