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« on: June 11, 2004 07:31:27 AM »

I like to think of myself as an artist. Maybe it has something to do with it being one of the few professions where it is acceptable to be paint-stained & have clay on you. Hmmm.
Anyway, I would really love some honest feedback, input, criticism, if you are so inclined. I have no formal art training, I started painting about 5 years ago (not counting elementary school masterpieces), and I would be very interested in outside opinions. PLEASE?

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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2004 01:11:47 PM »

I like your style. Since I can paint, myself, I wouldn't buy any of your stuff... also because I'm flat broke... but your style is cool. I'm too sleepy to label it.

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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2004 08:14:27 PM »

Those are fantastic, I love how they are almost pop, but with a dark organic feel to them. I don't know if that is possible, but that's what I think, this could be because I just finished an essay on Pop art. I particularily love Jasper USA gorgeous.


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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2004 08:38:31 PM »

Hey Ralph, you should be an art professor!

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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2004 01:36:52 PM »

My only reccomendation would be to paint as much as you can. Youll hear that anywhere. Just keep painting and painting. The more you do, the more youll come into your own, and the better you will get. Words of advice would be to:

pay close attention to your negitive space, and your open space. In some of your paintings your subject is right in the middle or at the bottom, leaving allot of space that might just be filled in with one color.

Do not use colors straight out of the tube. if you want to paint a blue sky, sure, use some blue from a tube, but add a tiny hint of some other colour in it- it will make your paintings so much less flat. Seems like it wouldnt make a difference but i garuntee you it does. DO that with all your colours that you paint with.

Composition- When your thinking of your picture you want to paint, do allot of quick (10 minutes or less) sketches of what your thinking of... try putting your subject in a different view than what you would automaticly think of. Maybe top down? maybe your subject is in the very corner of your picture, or even being cut off? Maybe its zoomed in so close we cant tell what its actually of?

And most of all, when you want to make something, think about why you want to make it and what you want it to 'do'. Not to say that you cant just paint a table pink and call it art, justifying that it has no meaning other than you just wanted it to be pretty.... BUT its interesting to think about the purpous you put behind your peices.. and when you compare your ideas with your sketches, is what you want coming across through what youve drawn?

Just some ideas to think about. hope it was helpful Smiley  Just trying to think of what i would find useful. Im an artist, but i dont paint, so its up to you Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2005 06:57:09 AM »

Those are cool, I agree with shmooey, good advice, schmooey! It made me think more about my own work...thanks Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2005 10:12:02 AM »

it's really good that you identify with such a noble, creative form of expression.  i would like to consider myself an artist as well.
however, you want criticism, so here you go:
the thoughts behind your work, when they are not totally lacking, seem genuine and honest which is something to be admired.  the only time i find fault with any of these works is when the message from your head scarcely makes it onto the paper.  what we have as a result of this "miscommunication" is an exercise in the opposite of sophistication.  you said you have not had any art training--perhaps this is the problem.  then again, a total absence of natural talent could also be part of what you are suffering from.

but i am really glad that you are continuing to work at this and that you are finding success with your pieces.  i wish you the best of luck in your artistic endeavors and that you may continue to find inspiration in the world around you. Smiley Grin
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