Critique Professionals Notes
I have a critique professional service for emerging artists. What a joy that is!! I just love doing this service for painters, because I have to think a lot about the process of painting. I often see ways that I can improve my own work by critiquing another painter’s work. I think it is very useful to have your work critiqued by someone who is more advanced than you are. I recommend that painters pay a professional they respect and whose process and painting style is compatible, to do critiquing either regularly or occasionally. My critique sessions include a critique for four paintings at a time either in person or online. This can be once a week, once a month, or now and then.
I don’t recommend being critiqued on art forums by people you don’t even know. Frankly it can be damaging to your work to listen to the wrong person. Some painters are just plain mean and counterproductive to learning anything valuable. They often don’t understand another’s aesthetic at all or their painting goals. Sometimes you are a better painter than your critic, so be sure you are listening to somebody who has a good design background, who understands the region you paint and who has a thorough knowledge of the subject and stylistic goals you are pursuing. In other words, I don’t try to help portrait painters because I don’t do many portraits. I work professionally with landscape painters, beginning to intermediate and emerging level most of the time. Use a critic who gets what you are trying to do!
Critiquing art is serious business. It is not for amateurs in my opinion. I never offer one unless it is asked for or unless I am working with my students in class. It is vitally important to critique in a positive way and in a useful way. I must first understand the goals of the artist and what they wish to improve on. Stepping all over their paintings without that prior knowledge can destroy their hopes and goals quickly. Many of my critique students and I spend a lot of time talking about the arcane mysteries of painting and developing a plan for their future study and improvement. I am a coach as well as critic for many of them. Some want marketing help, others painting help. In any case, I must have an understanding or their personal goals to help them. I must have knowledge, tact and empathy to be a good coach and mentor. There are many professional painters who are masterful at their craft but very poor teachers. There are many very good teachers who are marginal at their craft. The ideal of course is to find an artist who is an excellent painter and teacher, who treats your work with the dignity it deserves. You get what you pay for.
More musings for artists and collectors to come….
Potato Skin Crisps
Peel potatoes with a knife in wide strips and the meat in thin slices
Place in a large bowl
Drizzle with olive oil
add shredded Parmesan cheese, pinch of thyme, salt,pepper,paprika,dried onion flakes
Arrange on a baking sheet, separating pieces. bake at 400 degrees until brown and crisp.