Recently my good painting friend, Christine, was fortunate to take a rare workshop from Elizabeth Mowry. The next day she and I shared a long telephone conversation about the workshop (and more.) I am posting a small, but very important morsel about critiquing your own work.
When we are back in the vacuum of our studios, producing painting after painting, we often struggle with critiquing our own work. It's challenging to be objective, unless you let time pass. Well here is another way for those of us who prefer not to wait a year or so for clear eyes. I plan to use it often.
1. Set up five recent paintings. Study them carefully.
2.Put them in order beginning with your favorite to your least favorite.
3. What are the qualities that you really like in your favorite painting? Why?
4.What are some things you do not like about your least favorite painting?
5. What in each of the others could you alter so that it would have more of the qualities that are in the one you like best? What can you do specifically to numbers 2,3,4, and 5 to make them better?
It is important that you go through the whole process and thoughtfully answer all the questions out loud. Next I will post what the choices are after you have done your assessment.
PS Thanks Christine!!!!!