North York Visual Artists – Critique Night

Last night, I visited the North York Visual Artists at the Edithvale Community Centre. That’s me above with Joan McGivney, their new president, and Tony Cook, who organized the evening. I’ve given a lot of demonstrations and workshops to art groups over the years but this was a different experience. I was invited to critique the member’s work.

The critique is a key element of my teaching. Studio classes end with a critique as does a day of plein-air painting during a painting holiday. I really enjoy the critique and that might be why I’m known for a positive¬† approach.

It takes courage to allow a total stranger to comment on your painting. Initially, I did most of the talking but the participants chipped in more and more over the course of the evening. The work was very diverse and showed not only a high skill level but real personality and imagination. It was a pleasure to be able to offer my thoughts to these talented artists.

 

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