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Critiques Appreciated for learning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wenda Spooner Feb 25. 19 Replies


"Divine Inspiration"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari Nov 13, 2016. 4 Replies

Another class assignment - we had to build a collage and we had to use the work "rhapsodist" in it which is the name of the annual school art magazine.  After building the collage, we had to paint…Continue

"Harvest" Critique

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary Oct 30, 2016. 7 Replies

This was a color mixing exercise on a 16"x24" grid - in acrylics, where no two exact colors could touch on any of the square or diagonal lines.  I'm finished for now but would love any and all…Continue

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Mary replied to Karen Ilari's discussion Painting a Parks Scene - Green grass, green trees.
"This is great Karen, thanks very much.  And your paintings are beautiful - so much lovely color compared to the actual scenes.  I need to hang on to this and refer to it often.  Really appreciate your doing this!"
May 4
Mary commented on Philippe JOLLIVET's photo

Seagul bookmark

"Philippe:  I love this!  It's hard to tell with it lying down but it almost looks like you painted some of it with a palette knife?  Really nice painting and colors."
May 4
Mary commented on Wanda McDonald's photo

Fried Eggs

"Again you make me want eggs!!!  Love your colors."
Apr 18
Mary replied to Mary's discussion Seeking Critiques Please!
"This update is very blurry but I've tried to implement some of the suggestions (so grateful to all of you even though I'm struggling to execute) and I'm going to take a break from this.  My next plan of action relative to this…"
Apr 18
Mary replied to Mary's discussion Seeking Critiques Please!
"Thanks very much Karen for your detailed, helpful reply.  I'll keep working at it and see what I can come up with.  I really appreciate all the comparative photo work you provided with your critique."
Apr 17
Mary commented on Wanda McDonald's photo

Swampland - abstract

"Wanda - I think you abstracts are great - this one as well!"
Apr 17
Karen Ilari replied to Mary's discussion Seeking Critiques Please!
"Hi Mary, I love this idea! and you have some excellent ideas from Mark and Phillippe. :) We run into this often with the composition. Wanting to show a place accurately, because it is well know and loved. But wanting to make a good paintings as…"
Apr 17
Philippe JOLLIVET replied to Mary's discussion Seeking Critiques Please!
"Choosing a beautiful composition "before the paint brush gets picked up" is a part of the pleasure of painting I think. I haven't answers to your questions but I think these are good questions. (You may follow the advice of Phil…"
Apr 17
Mary replied to Linda Wooding's discussion "Fall"
"Hi Linda:  I've missed seeing your work so it's great to see this - absolutely beautiful!  I love the softness of the background and the colors and blending you have beautifully done.  The trees up front and the leaf work…"
Apr 16
Mary replied to Mary's discussion Seeking Critiques Please!
"Still working on this - put it in; take it out, eeeek I'm understanding now how important it is to spend more up front time on the composition issues before the paint brush gets picked up.   Anyway, I had previously added a yellow bush…"
Apr 16
Mary replied to Mary's discussion Seeking Critiques Please!
"Philippe:  As always I'm so grateful to you and your suggestions - I'm on page 37 now and this is incredibly helpful.   Yes we are blessed to live here and see this beauty every day.  Thank you!!!  Mary"
Apr 16
Philippe JOLLIVET replied to Mary's discussion Seeking Critiques Please!
"Hi Mary! You're living in a very pleasant place!  About composition, I found a free little PDF from Phil Davies. Very clear and interesting. Here is the link: (free register may be required…"
Apr 15
Mark S Ward replied to Mary's discussion Seeking Critiques Please!
"Hi Mary, love your idea of the daisies tying everything together, and the thing about composition...well it's just a tool not a rule, so you go girl! To try and answer your question "how do I cool that color"...Well I do see…"
Apr 14
Mary replied to Mary's discussion Seeking Critiques Please!
"Mark & Philippe:  Thanks very much for your time and insightful remarks.  I appreciate hearing about composition set up and the tree placement; I struggle with trying to use artistic license in that regard and your reminders are…"
Apr 14
Philippe JOLLIVET replied to Mary's discussion Seeking Critiques Please!
"Sorry Mary, I come back to your painting. I had an other idea. What not to tilt the ground. Here is another testing."
Apr 13
Philippe JOLLIVET replied to Mary's discussion Seeking Critiques Please!
"Hi Mary! Your idea is great! Your brush stoke is beautiful.. Colors are interesting. My main remark is that your composition is too close to the reference photo. It's good you squeeze the width and push the blue ofthelittle house, but you…"
Apr 13

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At 11:13am on October 9, 2016, Charles Eisener said…

Sooo, I hear your area is now a tourist hot spot for the big spenders!  Gonna put out a booth and sell some paintings?

Daughter in Durham has no power, but the outage map indicates our area of Raleigh is OK.  Lots of local flooding in low lying areas and creeks - features we were careful to avoid while home shopping.

At 4:20pm on July 18, 2016, Diane Thomas said…

Hi Mary,

You said what I was thinking about...I wasn't sure if I should make the evergreen trees darker. I think if I make them darker it will also create a little more distance in the painting, too. Before I do anything though, I think I will post it in the Discussions area and see what others think.

Thank you again Mary for your viewpoints on this, it is always good to hear from others. :)

At 11:04am on May 30, 2016, Gary Westall said…

Hello Mary,

thanks for your comment. I think it is due to the viewing point, as i started the painting i had quite a high viewing point, eýe level probably horizon level.

Please do free to send me your comments as these do help to look at ones paintings from a different perspective, many thanks.

I will have a look again at the painting in a few weeks and see if i see also differently.

Take care and all the best wishes


At 10:20pm on May 29, 2016, Gary Westall said…

Hello mary,

Please free to ask any question you like

Best wishes


At 9:44am on April 9, 2016, Karen Ilari said…

I know what you mean Mary about the back arrow not sending you back to the same place on the Activity Feed. Unfortunately I don't have a way to fix that, it's just the way it is set up. I'm not able to rewrite the code on the website - it's  platform that is already made and so all I can do is wait for them to do upgrades. Which they don't do often! But they do have one in the works that may be coming out soon and hopefully they will address that issue :) I often just go directly to the "Photos" tab or the "Discussions" tab to see what is new all in one place.

At 9:34am on February 17, 2016, Karen Ilari said…

Sounds good Mary -

Also, you will want to reply to the message in your inbox, instead of posting a comment to my wall like this. That will keep our conversation all in one place.


At 3:08pm on February 15, 2016, Karen Ilari said…

Hi Mary,

We will be using the messaging function to work on your Personal Tutor project.

There is a box on the top right hand corner of each page on the site where you can see your name. Under that inside the box you will see "inbox", "alerts", "friends" and "settings"

If you click on "inbox" you will go to a page that shows our messages. You can click on the "sent" tab to see what you have sent me if I haven't replied yet.

If I have replied, it will be in your inbox.

does that help?

At 6:37pm on December 29, 2015, Karen Ilari said…

Mary, thank you so much for the donation! It really helps so much, thank you!

At 4:30pm on October 4, 2015, Karen Ilari said…

Welcome Mary!
Let me know if you have any questions or I can help in any way. You will find all the videos, as well as other learning materials in the "Video Demos" tab, there are "Work In Progress" photo demos in the "Photo Demo" tab. Check out my blogs, as well as other members' in the "Blogs" tab. Also please feel free to start a discussion in the "Discussions and Critique" tab if you would like comments and help with your paintings! We'd love to hear your comments on other people's discussions as well. You can also upload your own paintings and view everyone's in the "Photos" tab. Just jump right in :)


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