I am just so proud of all the hard work my 21 students did Thursday and Friday. They had a lot of information to take in and did a grand job! These are little 4 x 6" studies that they did as complete compositions at the end of the second day. Each student did four pieces during the time allotted and then chose two for us to put up on the wall to critique.
I think the students get the most out of critiques. All too often we don't have anyone to turn to to give us an honest critique. A critique isn't about if you like a piece or not or if it is good or not...but I like to name what is happening in the piece of work itself...what is the color scheme, what are the elements doing, is there repetition, is there unity, is there a focal point, is there contrast, etc.
And of course, I am quick to tell everyone that for every art "rule" someone has successfully broken it. But, bottom line, we need to have an idea of what it is that we are doing. Understanding composition, and the elements and principles of design are about problem solving. If something isn't working in our piece, how can we solve that problem?
So, here they are....
I think that there are so many delightful compositions in this group! I do hope that some will become actual quilts. The pieces are a little "rough" as we are just cutting out scrapes of fabric and then gluing them down so nothing is finished.
Now, on to getting some of my stuff taken care of, like my taxes and my dad's taxes. Then, maybe I can do some art work. I did spend time on the plane and in my hotel doing small compositions so I have tons of ideas. I also need to spend time ironing on fusing as I want to start doing some work that I have been doing, a little larger. Also, three big boxes of unprimed stretched canvas arrived while I was gone. Oh Boy!
And a note about blogging and readers. Yesterday I had over 200 people come by my blog...no one even said hi! After a long time of wondering if anyone every sees what I do or write, I got a site monitor and now I am actually amazed to see where all the people come from and that there are actually people out there reading!