Good critique groups are worth their weight in gold — and then some.
Thursday I met with the Meet and Eat crit group — 4 couples altogether, representing at least a century and a half of professional art experience. And then there’s me.
I showed the panorama of the St. Johns Bridge, which I thought was in pretty good shape. It’s now in even better shape. The group, after making lots of kind remarks, spotted the “bumps”, made brilliant suggestions for changes, I came home and took most of their advice, and the panorama is even better now.
One bumpy spot was also noticed by an online friend, Barbara, who wrote a kindly note, but said that there was one thing that seemed a bit off. I tried to correct for it, but obviously didn’t do enough, because the Thursday crit group also lit on it almost immediately, even after I had reworked it.
Here’s the original of Panel 2:
Note the difference? The critiques all said that the petroleum tank made too much of an impact in the total scene — it jumped out. So although it is white in its reality, I toned it to echo the big base of the bridge in Panel 1.
Here’s how the tank fit into the earlier version of the first four panels:
And above is how it looks now — pushing it back into the middle ground enhances the large east side of the Bridge, which is what I wanted to happen.
In the next blog or two I’ll show some other changes I made after listening to the comments of the group.
Finding the right critique group is difficult, but I seem to have been accepted into two groups both of which are gentle yet have very sharp eyes and good analysis skills. Each group has a different dynamic and different talents, but both have helped my painting skills immensely. –June