So... the FCA meeting. What a GREAT experience. I was so nervous going in to the meeting... mostly about the critique part of it. A critique is when you present a piece of your work for feed back, both positive and not necessarily negative but rather ways to improve it. I was so pleasantly surprised by the whole process. I learned so much from both the critique of other's work as well as the critique of my own work. It was positive, and extremely helpful. I could understand exactly what they were saying, and could see how working on different areas, and changing a few things could make a huge difference.
For example.... if you look at my previous blog post. The picture I posted... "Fresh", was one of the paintings I took in for critique. What they said was that the area where the lake is in the painting might work better if glimpses of the lake were seen through the bushes on the left side of the painting. It would draw the eye away from being held in the centre of the painting. I could see what they were saying, so I took it home and I made a few changes. Have a look at the before and after:
I am learning so much with each painting I do. I wish learning at school at been this much fun :)