Fruitful Efforts

Our first critique this past Wednesday was a very satisfying time of sharing our thoughts and insights on the results of the first class assignment. Everyone’s effort was appreciated and I especially enjoyed how each person prefaced their comments with “What I like about this painting is…”

To begin we observed all the paintings, choosing the three we felt strongest about, and wrote down what we liked the most about how the artist used her materials to interpret her subject.

Victoria’s playful use of layering creates both a sense of space and movement as the red and ochre markings appear to lift up off the surface of the apple in stripes, triangles, and dots. Even as the apple’s color floats apart the basic roundness of its form is firmly rooted to the surface it sits on by the use of two realistic ‘shadows’ underneath. She then repeats the green shape around the stem of the fruit and transforms it into an abstract that stands well alone.

I am in love with the way Devin created a story by using position, size, and repetition. She applies watercolor with skillful washes and use of ‘dry-brush’ to render very believable turnips. Turning them to look at each other gives them tons of fun personality that I never knew turnips had!   The position of each ‘actor’ in the second piece makes me think of all kinds of interesting possible story lines. Good use of the white space really supports both of these paintings. Both warm and cool colors make my eyes happy….

Seung-Yoon made a careful study of this little shallot and revealed many of its layers to us. I liked the way she created a palette with a broad range of colors from what at first glance seems to be only purple and brown, proving that she looked very closely…. reminds me of the ‘deep looking’ we did this past spring in three-dimensional thinking. I am adopting her practice of writing in her observations on the page. I can see from her example how it is beneficial. The onion is rendered very well, it looks to sit right on the paper, and has beautiful ‘realistic qualities’. My favorite part is the little roots on the end that are so delicate. Nice technique!

Some feedback from the Professor included observations on how to suggest the subject without overly describing it and using direct observation of a form in its space. We discussed realism vs. non-realism, “cared for” work, and using materials in a manner that is informative and plays with the realism.

This was a great class and I get a “fireworks-juicy-apple feeling” when I think about the morning! Thank you, Suzy!

Quote of the Day

“this is not an apple, but it is, but no this is just paint but it’s not….really”



2 responses

  1. i’m so glad you have such a lovely picture of Nell and the quote of the day on your blog. Nell was full of profound things during that first crit. 😉

    October 13, 2011 at 11:34 pm

  2. Nell Ruby

    Thanks for a succinct description of the conclusions reached in critique!

    October 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm

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