Receive Critiques


Receive Critiques Notes

Many artists ask to receive critiques for their work. There is a productive way to receive a critique that is helpful rather than a random wringing of hands. Here are some questions I often ask an artist who wants to receive my critique:

What do you like about your painting so far?

What do you consider to be the main problem issues with the painting? Be specific about your thoughts.

Do you like the color scheme you have chosen for the painting?

What dominant value have you used and do you have accents of other values in the painting?

Have you used a good balance of armatures, intervals, directional cues in your composition to lead the viewer around the painting?

 Have you found a method to lead the viewer to areas of interest in the painting , also providing resting spaces to linger?

Have you created paths in some way throughout the painting, meaning connection between primary, secondary and tertiary elements?

What is the light source and is it consistent throughout the painting?

Do your cast shadows make sense in tandem with the light source?

Is your brushwork crisp and varied in strokes, directions and texture? Is it clean or muddy?

After these questions are received and sorted through, the artist will have a better understanding of how successfully they understand their painting and how to proceed in a more fruitful direction.

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Critiques can be very sensitively received. By putting the bulk of a critique in a logical Q&A format, the giver is not as likely to hurt feelings. It is a very constructive method for giving good advice on painting techniques.

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There are far too many amateur painters who are willing to give critiques, unasked for. Take critiques from the unskilled with a grain of salt. They can be damaging and lead you down the wrong path. Receive your critiques from skilled painters who have the knowledge to truly help you.

Painting teachers have a huge responsibility to their students. They can crush a student’s joy very easily. I know people who wanted to paint, but were given harsh critiques at their earliest stage and turned away from a lifetime of joy in front of the easel. Painting, above all else, should be great fun and joyful. Find a good painter who is kind, and receive critiques, knowing they will help you along your journey as a painter.

Today’s Recipe

12 Kings Hawaiian rolls
1/4 cup cheddar jalapeño soft cream cheese
5 (21g) slices Muenster cheese
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon cilantro herb paste
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Leave rolls connected; do not break apart or separate. Slice rolls in half lengthwise to open. Spread cream cheese over bottom half of bread; top with cheese slices. Combine mayonnaise and herb paste; spread over cut side of the top half of the bread.
  2. Melt butter. Pour one-half of the butter into 9-inch square baking dish; place bottom half of bread in dish. Top with other half of bread and drizzle with remaining half of the butter. Bake 12–15 minutes or until top has browned and cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. (Makes 6 servings.)
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