Hannah Ritchie

A Yellow tower

A Yellow tower by Hannah Ritchie
A Yellow tower by Hannah Ritchie

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A Yellow tower
Production date
circa 1917
pencil, charcoal and watercolour on paper
216 x 273 mm
"I like your sketch of this and would suggest your doing a bigger thing of it,designing it more carefully and giving point and distinction to tower and (?). Build up clouds and let them rise to give dignity and height. Keep large mass of sunlight simple and clearly defined so that the eye at once sees two large shapes of sunlight and shadow. Avoid cobalt, French blue, ultramarine in trees or shadows (illegible). When used with heavier colours such as vermillion, light red, black etc your greens are too solid and you disregard planes. I would suggest your drawing in charcoal first, then paint in much more lightly and delicately leaving parts directly touched by sunlight lighter and more crisply handled. I find your colour heavy and not transparent enough - monotonous. Be more subtle. It is one of the charms of water colour.. Comments by Frances Hodgkins on work submitted for criticism by Miss Hannah Ritchie.
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Miss Hannah Ritchie, 1955
Accession no
Other ID
FH0599 Frances Hodgkins Catalogue Raisonné Number, 17.13 RW Number, 79:8:11A RW Negative Number
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International Art
Display status
Not on display

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