your paintings look like over-worked acrylic, but you do have potential and an interesting perspective... My advice (NOT THAT ANYONE EVER ASKS!) is to stop sooner on each painting, they will have more light this way and will look more fresh.My knee-jerk reaction was to roll my eyes and rant about his arrogance to my cats (who were surprisingly unsympathetic). The problem was...he wasn't wrong. Even in the photographs of my work, he could tell that I'd edited and re-edited my paintings, piling layer upon layer of thick acrylic paint on the surface of the canvas.
I've always been drawn to thick paint -- I love the feel of it -- but I realized that it was limiting me. It gets tougher and tougher to modify a painting with every layer of paint. I generally like to paint fairly tightly, and it's hard to get clean edges and tidy lines of colour when you're painting over layers of paint.
Since then, I've made it my mission to practice setting a piece aside early in the process, rather than pushing ahead in order to "finish" (but later make a gazillion changes). Now, I work on several at a time, and put try to put each piece aside after an hour or two, and move onto something else. Fresh eyes can make a huge difference (that's a life lesson, really).
It's tough for me to stop. I regularly see things I don't like and feel a strong need (compulsion, really) to make changes. But a painting isn't a piece of writing; it cannot be modified ad infinitum. The vibrancy of colour and my original intentions can get lost in the process of "editing."
Last week, I decided to start another triptych, on three 12 x 16" stretched canvases. I resisted the urge to finish it in a single sitting, but when I sat down to tinker with it a couple days later, I got lost in the piece and 45 minutes later, the piece was covered in flowers. My partner politely noticed that it was "busy" -- but that was probably an understatement.
Fortunately, I hadn't slathered on the paint and could go back to make changes without damaging the integrity of the work. After lightening the forefront and painting over many of the flowers, I had a fresher piece, with greater visual balance.
So, thank you, Mark from London, Ontario, for your critique. Not bad for unsolicited advice.
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