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Initial reflections on your Artwork
The dark blue sky in the Eccles Cross oil painting evokes a sense of mystery and intrigue, while the luminous yellow reflections from the streetlights create an atmospheric feeling of magic and wonder. The cityscape at night is brought to life by the vibrant colours, instilling a feeling of peace and solitude in the observer. The painting is captivating, inviting the viewer to explore the scene further and uncover its secrets.
It reminds us of...
John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893): Grimshaw's paintings often featured night scenes lit by the moon and streetlights, with a focus on the atmospheric elements of the landscape. His dark blues and yellows create a harmonious colour palette similar to the painting described.
Claude Monet (1840-1926): Monet's series of paintings of the Rouen Cathedral have a similar night landscape style, with dark blues and yellows creating a harmonious colour palette. The works focus on the atmosphere of the night scene, and the luminous reflections of the streetlights.
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890): Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night has a similar focus on the night and its atmosphere, as well as its colour harmony of blues and yellows. His painting also features luminous yellow reflections from the night sky.
Maximilien Luce (1858-1941): Luce's night scenes often featured a combination of dark blues and yellows, creating a sense of harmony in the painting. His works also focus on atmospheric elements of the night landscape, and many feature luminous yellow reflections.
Features which are particularly good
This oil painting of a cityscape at night has an impressive range of colour harmony, with an interesting contrast between vibrant hues of blue and orange. The artist has used a dynamic range of colours to capture the vibrancy of the night sky, making this painting particularly impressive. The interplay between the colours creates a beautiful effect, allowing the viewer to become lost in the enchanting cityscape.
Areas for improvement
1. Consider adding a vanishing point in the distance to create a sense of depth in the painting.
2. To further enhance the sense of perspective, vary the colour and size of the buildings to create a sense of distance.
3. Pay attention to the placement of the street and car lights in order to create a more believable
Believe it or not this is all generated by AI. Interesting how a computer can give feedback on an artwork. I am not adverse to criticism, yet I am not sure that I agree with the suggested areas of improvement though.
There is a vanishing point, the buildings do get smaller and the colour does get lighter to enhance the perspective. There are no car headlights and I do use street lighting.
Message from our human judge:
This is a fantastic painting. I love your use of reflections. It contributes to the atmosphere of the painting. Thank you for sharing it with us!
An interesting look at the possible future of feedback and possible judging of art competitions.
Whilst I don't enter competitions always expecting to win, it's brilliant that this one provides feedback, but not sure the computer is that helpful in inspiring my future work. In my opinion art should encourage an emotional response rather than clinical one which the AI does well. The human message, whilst positive, doesn't offer a critique. i would have liked to have found our what he or she thought I could do to improve it.
Visiting Liverpool, as a birthday treat for my wife, we met our daughter for breakfast before deciding to have a cultural morning.
After dodging heavy showers, we arrived at the Walker Art Gallery. We have visited this excellent establishment many times over the years and we would recommend it.
Our first port of call was the John Moores Painting Prize 2023 exhibition. Having seen one of these many years ago it was interesting to see the work of these new artists. After the last visit, I had decided against trying to enter this as my work wasn't what they were looking for and this was again the case from what we saw.
Like most exhibitions there were some paintings that we really appreciated and others certainly led to heated discussions. It was interesting to get our daughter's opinion because she has a different outlook on artwork, whereas at times we both can appreciate what the artist is trying to achieve.
At least the winner won approval from us all and others we spoke to.
The two paintings below caused the most debate. The first consisted of two words, one at the top of a large white canvas and the other word at the bottom. Later, we read the artist's text that accompanied his work in the exhibition's catalogue and that was, in our opinion, more interesting and relevant than the painting on display.
The other painting was based on the tragedy of the Grenfell Fire Tragedy in London. This triptych was inspirational and as well as capturing the image was a tribute to the people who lost there lives there and the firefighters, medical staff etc. who helped on the day.
These two paintings show the extreme differences of approach to a piece of art and exemplify ultimately the importance of an artist's vision. Having such wide examples included in the exhibition makes the show more interesting. Coincidentally, both were priced at the same amount.
The painting that really summed up some aspects of modern art and needs no comment was!
Leaving this exhibition, we explored the rest of the art gallery, stopping and discussing paintings that caught our attention. We all liked the ladies gathering and joked about this being the future for 'ladies who lunch' groups.
Having watched every series of Portrait Artist of the Year, it was interesting to see one of the previous winner's portrait of Kim Cattrall, although I believe it's placing against these traditional portraits wasn't suitable and it should have been with more modern art in one of the later galleries.
An enjoyable visit to a gallery that is always worth a visit.
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It was a complete surprise to get a letter from my old, high school art teacher from sixty years ago asking for my address as he had a surprise for me. Did I still owe a homework or had I missed a detention all those years ago?
A few days later a parcel arrived. When I opened it, I found my old homework book from when I started Grammar School in Salford. Mr Pilkington had found it when having a sort out at his home. As he remembered me, he decided to contact me by email and asked for my address. He sent me a lovely letter, and over the next few days we reminisced over those days long ago.
Looking through the pages, it was interesting to see the work I had done. In the examples above I seem to have been exploring colour mixing using two different themes. These skills and many more that I learnt would help me in my later work, even though I couldn't remember doing these paintings.
This is the first image I have found of a landscape done at this time. I seem to be playing with the idea of creating distance by lightening the background. The comment on this was that I should consider the flow of the river. Something I now have taken on board and try to do. It seems, even at this early age I enjoyed painting landscapes.
Hopefully, in these recent paintings below, I manage to bring the water to life.
It surprised me as well that a homework I did at the time also reflected work I would do in the future. The idea of the intermingling of branches and the light coming through them, is something I strive to achieve now, although looking back, I was probably concentrating on finding patterns in the work. It was also encouraging to get creative and positive feedback from a teacher.
Looking at these again I can see how these effects still interest me today.
A fascinating reminder of my time at school and the journey I took there. I have mentioned before that I was lucky to have a good grounding of all the basics when studying O level and A level art.
I was also lucky that during my A level time, Mr Pilkington changed the syllabus from the history of Architecture to the History of Art, giving me an early insight into the work of great artists and a lifelong love of visiting art galleries.
After a time as Head of Art at the Grammar school, Royston Pilkington moved to Dorset where he was Chairman of the Purbeck Group of Artists for a time and continues with his work in the arts. He also worked for a US company named SCW Inc. and was involved in an advertising campaign for Halloween and the celebration campaign for the Bicentennial of American Independence of ‘ 76
A couple of impressive paintings by Royston of “Corfe Castle “ and “Old Harry “
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