Deb Ward, GWS, OWS, PWS, WSI - WATERCOLOR/WATER MEDIA - My passion is teaching adult “beginners”. Weekly classes in my home; workshops; classes for Cincinnati Recreation Commission. My work is nationally recognized and published - see “Featured” on my sidebar. I’m a Signature Member of Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana state Watercolor Societies, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”
Thursday, January 30, 2014
LEARNING FROM BLOGS!
given a critique of someone's painting on their blog
learned something from a blog post.
My critique was in response to a post on Katharine Harra's blog where she asked about her painting "is it too wishy-washy?" I thought the weakness I saw in the painting was important to point out. Katherine thought my comment was helpful and she made the change suggested. Here are the two links to the first painting and the second.
While I'm blessed to have some very good art friends (and a husband and daughter!) who are not afraid to tell me what my paintings need when I get stumped, some artists work in more solitary settings and don't have this dynamic. My artist friends all have a "good eye" and my husband and daughter represent "John Q. Public", looking at my paintings through the eyes of most people.
Katherine raised a good point in her second blog post (above) - most comments on the blogs are happy little compliments. I'm guilty of this, myself - since I don't know you personally and don't want to offend you, I'll offer up a positive comment, nothing more. Katherine said she does welcome suggestions - as do I - so maybe we blog commenters should think about that more and offer our suggestions (in a positive way!). We can all help each other learn . . .
. . . just as I did from a recent post on Jeannette Jobson's blog.
This one simple post will help me work toward my goal of becoming a better "draw-er". I rely too heavily on my photos and tracing and have let my drawing skills lag. In order to remedy this situation I recently took a drawing "class".
Well, it looked a lot better on paper than it was in reality. There was obviously no cohesive teaching plan, we were all over the place with no clear roadmap to follow - from a very simple beginning drawing to portraits! Then back to shapes, then on to something hanging on the wall with the directive "draw that". While I'm sure the instructor does know her stuff, and she's probably a very nice person, she just wasn't an able teacher.
Now I'm back to books and trying to create my own syllabus - so I really found Jeannette's post about "how to start" a drawing more helpful than she will know! Begin at the beginning - and move on from there.
I hope we all can learn something from blogs! And not be afraid to offer advice.