Monday, September 12, 2011

Back From Vacation

In confirming her plans to be at tonight's critique, one of our regulars wrote that it felt like forever since our last one. Maybe not that long, but with 5 Mondays in August and last week's holiday, it has been 6 weeks since our last group meeting, and a lot can happen in 6 weeks. A good group of the regulars and a few of Molly's students turned up for our usual fun and productive evening. Above from left to right- paintings from Sheilagh, Tim, and Jane, an ink drawing from Ginny, and a painting and collage from Jill. At top, a series of drawings from Molly. Below (clockwise from top) my woodcut, and two commissions from Molly (wood carving and custom decorated boots)

Out in our hallway gallery annex, we had charcoal figure drawings from Vince (above), and Edy (below) continued to explore architecturally influenced compositions with paint and collaged material. Don't have a photo of Adele's late arriving piece, a mixed media commissioned poster.

This was the first time that anyone in the group except Molly has seen my new print (and for this proof from yesterday it was everyone's first time). Generally very positive reaction, with specific praise for the overall presence of the figure, the scale, the pose, and the expressiveness. The variations in the window reflections and the brick textures were also singled out. A few people mentioned a mark or two that they might like to see lightened or removed, and I'll consider those when I have some time, but one has to be pleased with the reaction the piece has gotten.


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