I recently was given the opportunity to have a critique done of my art. This was by a painter by the name of Dan Loge. He has been teaching painting for 20 years. Prior to agreeing to provide me with a critique he said to me please be prepared as i am painstakingly honest. I responded by saying great, that is what i want.
This is the critique that he offered me.
Nice work! Loose, colorful, brave, fluid, imaginative. I don't need to say much more as the style does not require anatomical accuracy or realism. You are doing dream art or psychological art which is compelling to the viewer. I'm a painterly realist and am in a whole different mind set than you. I try to depict my subjects accurately but push color where i think it is appropriate as well as add and subtract and move things around to make a good painting. Both styles are legitimate. Good art somehow goes beyond mere paint and stirs something in our soul. As artists, we must be sensitive and honest to that fact. Dan
Thank you Dan for that. I am humbled by all the feedback I have gotten about my paintings.
This painting is an older one. It is called Heroine. It has a deep story to it. Beneath the color was a dark layer. A very dark time where I used my paintbrush and the color black to process some very significant fears and pain that I was experiencing. It was highly therapeutic. That is what I love about painting. It is therapy. I then proceeded to cover up the darkness to reveal the light and brightness that is always available . Every painting that I have done carries a piece of my soul. If it does not then it is not finished. It may take months to even a year but eventually the paintings purpose is revealed and I can feel it. That is when I sign my name and call it complete.
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And She was Changed
22 x 28 Acrylic on canvas
What are the things in our lives that "change" us? Do we want to be "changed"? Do we believe in the potential for transformation? I do. I remember several years ago at North Harbor Community Church in Maine, Pastor Dan said ," The single most dangerous idea in a relationship is the belief that another person will not or cannot change. I believe we are all changeable and that leaves us with the potential to continually make our world better. We can all act as the light that leads the way.
I was born a gypsy, Perhaps i got it from my father. As a child we moved every 5 years. Some of my sisters hated it and for some reason I adapted to it pretty easily. Change, transition , new scenery lights my fire. My goal in life is to change. I only want my change to be in a positive way though. I only want to get better. Obviously as we age our physical body may change in ways that we don't perceive as positive. I am more referring to our emotional and spiritual selves. Can we be more loving, more generous, less fearful? Can we embrace our lives as the vehicle through which we can see positive transformation that effects our own selves as well as those of others.
My experiences change me. This painting was done at a recent painting retreat that I went to in Raleigh NC. It was a Jeanne Bessette retreat. Jeanne is an inspiration in every way. She is a teacher and a painter. We all were changed that week .
As we transition through the season can we be more aware of our thoughts and actions? In the stillness of fall, a midst the stupendous beauty of the changing colors and the cooling of the air can we stop. Can we suspend ourselves in time for just a moment . To appreciate the moment that stands before us. As we leave behind the heat and light of the summer and look forward to the cold and darkness of winter can we set our intention to be positive change . Change within ourselves, within our families, within our communities, within our world?
Be the change....