Monday, July 19, 2010
my final critique
I must admit this workshop has been wonderful, but at the same time a total drain on the brain. Workshops are challenging. First you have to realize that if you are really to learn you have to produce some real crud. Second, you have to realize that in order to learn you will constantly be in analyze mode...a very hard place for me. I am not really an analytical painter, although I realize that in order to reach another plane I have to analyze more...not constantly, but just to check up on the painting. I am not trying to change my painting style, only improve and learn. And boy I have a lot of that to do!!!!
My critique was hard to swallow as I could already see all I had done wrong and had self diagnosed some of it. To expose myself even more, this is what I heard from Richard:
1. I need to make certain I do not fragment my stroke as much. This is what I had already seen. In order to work bigger I need to work with bigger pastels- not the small pieces(shards) I tend to work with. I had already bought a selection of 98 Girault pastels and I am using bigger pieces.
2. I need to be more attentive to chroma. I am guilty of too much. Yes, I am a person who can easily go that route...when I really like something I am a bit obsessive- read ..... constant trips to one place, or eating 7 chocolates instead of just one.
3. While we are on the topic of obsessive, Richard said I need to give my muse a break once and a while. Paint something that doesn't excite me as an exercise in strengthening my knowledge of theory and technique.
4.The focal point needs to be stronger- less equality in the painting.
So the painting above was done early this morning. I tried to process all this information and then let it sit in the back of my head and just enjoy painting. This is the same view I did last week, Wednesday. I am struggling to find my way. I think I need to breathe.... and then think.