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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

Painting "lights"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary Aug 9, 2016. 6 Replies

This pic is out of a newspaper. Even though it's trying to paint "lights" (crazy, yes)  I'm a firefly nut and the experience of the fireflies here is magic.  Anyway, I'm just starting and trying to…Continue

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"You can really crank them out Art - very nice job.  I like your blue yellow and orange flowers placement in the bouquet not to mention a great job on how you've painted them.  "
Mary commented on David Gibson's photo

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"Wow - I'm impressed."
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The Yellow Umbrella

"I LOVE these!!!!  Beautiful work."
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Turkish Cafe

"Ooooh Ian - I love the style and simplicity (not meaning easy to do) of it.  Beautiful pastel colors - I'm taking an Abstract class now and it reminds me of some of the pictures we have been seeing in class."
Mary commented on Mark S Ward's photo

Izzy Rescues A Drowning Stick

"Another beauty Mark.  Wow!"
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Lily of the Valley1

"Absolutely lovely Sarah.  Your daughter's wedding - very exciting."
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The old barn and silo.

"Great work - congrats on your showing!  I love the purples and oranges at the barn."
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Serengeti Survival

"Great work on the circle of life."
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End of day

"Nice!!!!! Colors and sky are beautiful and you've really done a great job on the people and horses too."
Mary commented on Art's photo

Deer in moonlight

"Art:  I'm enjoying seeing your work and the personality of your painting.  Cool night sky!"
Mary commented on David Gibson's photo

Tapping The Heat

"Wow - this is really cool....... I mean reallly HOT!"
Mary commented on Philippe JOLLIVET's photo

Menu of the day

"Fearless human painter!!!!  Wonderful work."
Mary commented on Art's photo


"Ditto what Ian said!!  ;-)"
Mary commented on Mike Price's photo

"The Gap" (Redux)

"Really nice Mike - I like your changes and this scene very much.  And,  welcome back!  Thanks for sharing your studio update; very happy for you and will look forward to seeing more from you."
Mar 19
Mary commented on Mark S Ward's photo


"Really lovely Mark - your paintings have such a dreamy,  comforting style.  I don't have the right words to wrap around them, but the feeling from viewing them is wonderful."
Mar 19
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morning coffee(reference)

"no way!!! you got the hummingbird at the feeder?  already?"
Mar 19

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6 months
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oil - very briefly in a class
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watching your Acrylic River and Trees Landscape Painting Demo

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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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