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Old 12-05-2019, 12:08 PM
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Looking for an assessment of my work over the last year.

Its been a year now since I got back into oil painting. Mostly doing landscapes but I was trying to branch out some.
Anyway I'm hoping some of you will give honest opinions on my work over the year. Is my art any good? Am I getting better? What are things I should focus on improving? What are the things I seem to have right?
Iím just trying to get a feeling of where people think my artwork stands and what areas I should try improving in over the next year.
Below are the 7 small paintings Iíve done over the last year in the order they were done.



Tiny PracticePpond 3"x5"




Practice Tree #1 4.5"x6"




Practice tree #2 4.5"x6"





Still Life of Radish 4.5"x6"




Practice Tree #3 4.5"x6"




Study of Face 4.5"x6"




Study of Girl 4.5"x6"


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Also I want to thank everyone here at wet canvas who has given me advice and helped me to get these paintings to where they are.
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Old 12-05-2019, 02:41 PM
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Improving for sure..
It all takes a lot of practice, reassessing your work & continued studying of advanced artists & their work.

If you notice a very textured surface, it might be good to prep it with more layers , gesso before painting.
more variation in your colors - like greens/grasses is always good..
light direction & shadowing matching up is important
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Old 12-06-2019, 10:18 AM
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Re: Looking for an assessment of my work over the last year.

Good work on your trees. Non-perfect is so much more pleasant to look at in trees - also more airy spaces within the branches. You're doing quite well - keep going.
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Old 12-06-2019, 11:59 AM
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Re: Looking for an assessment of my work over the last year.

I see your progress in the sense that you are taking new challenges, like with portraits. In the landscapes, in my opinion you already had great sense of color from very beginning. So in this regard I see them the same and they are all good. With landscapes I think that the next is to add more complex lighting. Backlighted, fog, etc.
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Old 12-06-2019, 08:49 PM
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Re: Looking for an assessment of my work over the last year.

Redneck, have you had tuition?
Are you (or have you been) involved in a class, a group, workshops, that sort of thing?
Or are you self-taught?


By the way, I'll bet the question "Is my art any good? Do I have any talent?" Is asked daily, if not hourly, by many of us



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Old 12-10-2019, 12:21 PM
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Re: Looking for an assessment of my work over the last year.

Thanks everyone.
Sounds like I need to work with lighting and shadows more.

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If you notice a very textured surface, it might be good to prep it with more layers , gesso before painting.
Not sure why but I never really considered gessoing the smaller ones more to level them out. Iíll have to start doing that.

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Redneck, have you had tuition?
Are you (or have you been) involved in a class, a group, workshops, that sort of thing?
Or are you self-taught?
Iím not really sure how to answer that one.
My grandmother started teaching me to oil paint when I was a child but after a few years I lost interest. She was a decent painter who had been taught by a locally well known artist.
But other then that Iíve had no real training.
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Re: Looking for an assessment of my work over the last year.

Steve here... a retired university art professor. Here is something you may want to consider. The impressionist Renoir was asked his opinion on the best way to learn to paint. He said "It is in the museum that one learns to paint... it is in the museum that one gets this feeling for painting that nature alone can not give". Renoir did not mean go to the museum to be inspired or get a warm fuzzy feeling, he meant go there, choose a master painting, and COPY IT! Don't try to interpret it, or change it up a bit... no, he meant COPY. By copying someone who has already translated a scene in 3D to a flat painting surface with paint, you will learn how it is done. You will not need to ask anyone how you are doing. You can compare yourself with the master and see for yourself. Otherwise, I think all other feedback is subjective.

Then, as you gain confidence and skill you can begin creating your own paintings instead of just doing copies. You do not need to go to a museum, get a high quality print of a painting to work from. Most of my students went out on their own after 2-3 copies.

If you are unsure of how to mix colors, all you need is 5 colors. I have attached a guide I gave to my students.

Oil Mixing Guide.pdf

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Old 12-11-2019, 09:01 PM
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Re: Looking for an assessment of my work over the last year.

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But other then that Iíve had no real training.
OK, I didn't want to presume anything
Why not find painting lessons in your area that suit you?
I live in a city, so there are lots of options: Evening classes, adult education, that sort of thing.
Being involved in something where a qualified teacher moves you along with projects and goals, with good criticism,
where you can ask questions as you go, can really be beneficial, and give a foundation to carry on your own explorations.
Because you have asked so candidly, I will tell you honestly that I don't see a lot of progress in your work,
and the fact that you have asked the question, suggests some degree of frustration.
Some formal classwork may give you the structure to BUILD progress ON, if you see what I mean.
Very few great painters are self taught. Most spent years and years "at the feet of the master".
All the best to you in your endeavours


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Re: Looking for an assessment of my work over the last year.

You need to paint more than seven paintings a year.
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Old 12-22-2019, 11:57 AM
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Re: Looking for an assessment of my work over the last year.

First I just want to apologize for my delay in replying. Iíve been really sick lately.


ArtistWithaView. Thank you. Do you know of any reliable places to order such prints from?


Jeffro Jones thank you. And I appreciate your honesty.
Iím from any city and the few class I have found locally are rare. There are a few art classes I've found but they're all one time things and very few of them are on painting. The ones that are the only real oil painting class seems to be by a guy teaching Bob Ross classes about twice a year.


Michaelshane I completely agree. I feel like I take longer then I should working on them plus I have trouble finding time to really sit and paint. Both are things that I want to work on improving.
Iím hoping to move to larger paintings next year as I get things finished up but I'm considering trying to do at least 1 smaller painting a month too.
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Old 12-22-2019, 02:01 PM
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Re: Looking for an assessment of my work over the last year.

If you are painting, and actively seeking out and employing concepts toward your next step, then you are improving. Your frame of mind matters- if you are challenged, growing, and being patient with progress and yourself, good things will always happen. Ask for and accept critique- others will help.
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Re: Looking for an assessment of my work over the last year.

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First I just want to apologize for my delay in replying. Iíve been really sick lately.
Sorry to hear this. My best wishes for a speedy recovery.


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the few class I have found locally are rare.
Ouch! It looks like you will have to rely on yourself.
Look, strengthening your drawing will help you a lot, IMHO.
"Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson" is one of the best no-nonsense nuts-n-bolts drawing course I've seen in book form.



I've done all the exercises in real time in real drawing classes, so I know they work.
Drawing for a painter is like jogging for an athlete.
You need to hit the track, buddy, and get some miles under your belt
Carry a sketchbook and pen/pencil with you, and draw from life using one of the exercise techniques whenever you can.
If you use a sketchbook, you can look back, and see progress happening, which is encouraging.
Improving your drawing REALLY DOES give you more confidence as an artist, and will not hurt your creativity in the slightest!

All the best


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Old 12-25-2019, 10:07 AM
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If you are painting, and actively seeking out and employing concepts toward your next step, then you are improving. Your frame of mind matters- if you are challenged, growing, and being patient with progress and yourself, good things will always happen. Ask for and accept critique- others will help.
Thanks. Iím always happy to receive critique of my work.



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Sorry to hear this. My best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Thanks. I'm hoping that I'm heading in that direction.



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Ouch! It looks like you will have to rely on yourself.
Look, strengthening your drawing will help you a lot, IMHO.
"Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson" is one of the best no-nonsense nuts-n-bolts drawing course I've seen in book form.
I completely suck at drawing. But I'll pick the book up and give it a try.
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Design is key in Landscape- your first here, (Tiny Practice Pond 3x5) has a nice design, a good range of color/value, textures/brushwork, and focal point in the house. The gray shapes on the water can be taken out- not sure what they are.

Practice Tree #3 has some of those qualities. The value/color on left distance is very good, and the variety in the main tree. To watch for: the cloud on left lower has repetitious shapes, the evergreen shape below the main tree lacks value, and the grasses lower right foreground are dull in treatment.

The red-haired portrait is weak in values and drawing. Portraits are very demanding in all respects. Study each aspect separately until you have more experience and understanding.

The window figure is a good concept and works- again, drawing on the foot: although small is important. The foliage outside is good in value but not designed, now forming a non-natural pattern.

Learn, improve, discover, and above all, keep working!
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Re: Looking for an assessment of my work over the last year.

These are an excellent start, keep going, each painting you do is a big learning curve. After the first dozen or so the rate of improvement may feel like it is slowing down, but the things one is looking at is really changing is all. Try to be mindful of what you are doing at each step of the way for the most possible gain of knowledge.

From what I can see, you are definitely improving. The areas I feel probably need the most work is that of brush control, so that the edges and strokes made look intentional. A lot of the work looks either dabbed on, as for impression of leaves on trees, or scrubbed in.

Making marks that look intended and convey a lot of information effectively can be very difficult, but I feel a good book worth reading is Brushwork Essentials by Mark Christopher Weber. It gives you the most important information of how to load a brush and apply paint with a brush to achieve the look one wants. I really should go back through and follow some of the tutorials in the book again myself actually... Lost my practice paintings from many years ago when I first worked through that book.

Also, the writing in the above mentioned book is fun and entertaining to read, so just an easy read that has huge amounts of good information.
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