Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Structured Critique

Well, in the interest of not overreacting, I will laugh and say that Structured Critique was tough.

I brought in five paintings. I missed the mark with most of them. Distressingly so. I thought that at least one of them would get a "Wow, that's pretty good" comment. None did.

Kitty Wallis, my mentor and the leader of Structured Critique, observed that I did not observe and paint the light pattern consistently, so that ruined the effect of form and space of my figures. I knew that something was missing in my paintings, something that was keeping them from making the viewer want to look at them longer. Now I know what was off.

While negative feedback is never pleasurable (unless you are a masochist), it is good. Good to hear the truth. And I know that I can always count on Kitty for the truth.

I have a new painting on the easel already, and you can believe that I am looking carefully at the light pattern. I have every intention of getting it more right next time.


Celeste Bergin said...

love the cartoon! very funny! The thing that is great about you (and your blog) is that you never pull a punch.. You tell us what you're thinking! It is good to be reminded of the light pattern (and thereby the shadow pattern!). I don't know why we have to be reminded so often--but that is how it is!

Casey Klahn said...

I think Muench's screamer is upset @ Mona's eyes following him @ the room.

How fortunate you are to have Kitty for a mentor. Wow.

I had an interesting experience when I finally got into the Sausalito AF after many years of trying. For the first time I went to a fair and experienced the other pastelists and painters offering me crits of my work - both negative and positive.

Given the caliber of these artists, I was honored to be treated with candor for a change. You are wise to seek advice, as we all should and almost never get.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Celeste! I have to same the same to you. The truth. The good. The bad. The ugly. It's all right there -- on my blog and yours as well. It's the best way!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

You're right, Casey. I am fortunate to be mentored by Kitty. Honest critique is required for growth and development -- that doesn't make it easy.