Friday, January 29, 2010
Time for a critique
Time for a critique, please. The posting at Interpret This! is my gallery opening where you can tell me I am a genius but here is where we can speak the truth (gently please!) My goal is to continually improve so input (both about what worked and what did not) from other artists is always appreciated.
Here are some observations I have about the piece. Feel free to comment on them or go off in your own direction for comments.
1. I thought the black border would be like a frame but I find it too dark--almost funeral. You know, the way they used to drape black crepe on pictures of people who died. I do think I will remove it and try a lighter color. Other than that, I like the softness of the organdy ribbon.
2. Hmmm...the satin heart. Don't like it as much as I like the idea of it. Way too prominant. It would be easy to unsew and make modifications or replace with something else. Any suggestions?
3. I added the 2 faint oil stenciled hearts in the background hoping that they would make the satin heart feel more at home in the piece. Instead it feels like grade school amateur to me. I dislike them intensely but am stuck with them unless you have suggestions.
Things I do think worked well but feel free to disagree.
1. The writing in the background fading in and out and outside the border. I think that gives the viewer something of interest when they get closer to the piece. I like having the back story in the back and weaving in and out.
2. Okay, this is really minor but the draping of my sweater around the neck seemed particularly effective.in technique. I am pleased with the skill I showed with the oil paint sticks there.
Once the picture is adjusted some, it is going to my mother as her belated Christmas present.
Okay, let her rip.