Title: Suppen Soldat (FOR STRUCTURED CRITIQUE FORUM)
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!
"Suppensoldat" translates roughly to "soup solider/infantryman". This painting was inspired by the fact that in Germany, everyone seems to toss Maggi into everything (I hadn't heard of it before I moved here). Hence it's a real "soldier" in the kitchen. I thought the soup ladle looked a bit like the helmet of a soldier from years gone by, and so the idea was bo<br>.
I cheated a bit, and changed the date on the bottle to numbers that were easier to paint. Much to my embarrassment, it was first exhibited in a group show in France, and it tu<br>s out that the modified date was the year when the Germans conquered the French in some war. Luckily no one noticed but boy was I ever worried, as it was a show hosted to celebrated the 50 year friendship between the German town where I live, and a French town that was badly bombed by the Germans in WWII. Needless to say I won't be exhibiting it in France again. :-)
MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
I paint solely in the genre of photorealism. I moved to Germany a few years ago, and over here my fellow artists in the local amateur art club that I exhibit with tell me that my style of paintings aren't "art", that they are just technical exercises. Since I am self-taught and only an amateur painter, I have no way of judging how right (or wrong) they are.
Accordingly I am looking for feedback on both technical and composition aspects (including "is it art"?) in preparation for perhaps summoning up the courage to submit a small portfolio of my work to a gallery.
Btw just an FYI - the right side is lighter because of the light from a window falling on it when I took the picture. I tried to get a better (sharper) photo but didn't succeed as I only had my cellphone.
Thanks in advance for all comments!