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Critiques Appreciated for learning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wenda Spooner on Sunday. 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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Wenda Spooner replied to Mary's discussion Critiques Appreciated for learning
"i love the changes Mary! the tree line is beautiful now! and i love the evergreen tree. it looks much better, taller. and the snow is a nice touch! you did a great job!"
Karen Ilari replied to Mary's discussion Critiques Appreciated for learning
"Nice! I think the changes made a big difference! Especially the softer trees in the mid ground. Well done Mary!"
Mary commented on Susan G.'s photo

North Conway - Husband

"Good for you Susan - and on a relatively small scale too!"
Feb 22
Mary commented on Mark S Ward's photo


"Really beautiful job on a tough subject matter."
Feb 22
Corri Schmidt commented on Mary's photo

Sugar Cove Dusting

"I didn't see the critiques on this one Mary, but this final product is really very nice.  It looks a lot like the high desert mountain valley where I live.  You more chromatic green tree makes for a nice focal point on in an otherwise…"
Feb 20
Mary commented on Wanda McDonald's photo

Staying with something safe....Watercolour

"Wanda all of your work is Always so beautiful I bet even the dropped paint on the carpet would have been something special!  "
Feb 17
Mary commented on Mary's photo

Sugar Cove Dusting

"Thanks very much, Philippe, Sarah & Wanda, I appreciate hearing from each of you.  I had wonderful help from requested critiques; so grateful for this process and the time everyone is willing to give.  "
Feb 17
Wanda McDonald commented on Mary's photo

Sugar Cove Dusting

"This is really lovely Mary...I love the muted tones with your focal point owning the colour. Wonderful painting!!!"
Feb 17
Sarah Irland commented on Mary's photo

Sugar Cove Dusting

"This is beautiful, Mary.  I know that you worked hard on this and it shows in a very successful painting.  The distant hills and trees are just right. I love the way you painted the foreground.  The green tree is a beautiful focal…"
Feb 17
Philippe JOLLIVET commented on Mary's photo

Sugar Cove Dusting

"Hello Mary! I love the subtile coulors of distant hills, as well as the foreground. The sky is quiet but with a beautiful pale pink. And also, thanks for posting a large picture, so that we can see and admire your artwork (full size)."
Feb 17
Charles Eisener replied to Mary's discussion Critiques Appreciated for learning
"Yes!!  The green tree is now the focal point and the background has receded to a more distant plane.  Stand it upside down on a shelf for a while and see if it speaks to you .   .   . for better or worse. …"
Feb 16
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Sugar Cove Dusting

Reworked winter scene from critiques.
Feb 16
Mary replied to Philippe JOLLIVET's discussion Tips & Trickfor painters
"Philippe:  This is amazing!!!  I can't wait to study it in detail and you are right; I think I'll get most of it because of all your great pictures, regardless of the language.  Thank you so much for sharing it with all of…"
Feb 16
Mary replied to Mary's discussion Critiques Appreciated for learning
Feb 16
Mary commented on Ian Greig's photo

The Dr's House

"I really like this Ian.  Such a peaceful feeling to gaze at it.  "
Feb 14
Mary commented on Susan G.'s photo

Colin at Kua Bay Kona Hawaii

"Really nice Susan - I especially like all the different treatment of your different water areas and colors."
Feb 14

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How long have you been painting? Doing any kind of art?
6 months
What other mediums have you used?
oil - very briefly in a class
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Where did you learn about this website?
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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