|A Young Henry Kissinger Imagined, graphite TMDD Series|
My canvas dried tight as a drum. Sag is gone. Spraying the back of it liberally with water, blotting up any dribbles that might slip behind the stretcher bars and letting it dry thoroughly worked well. I can forget about finding pegs--although pegs are useful for squaring up canvas structures when the structure is ready for framing.
The Sara and Robert Genn's Newsletter,Who Are You Listening To, gave me 'food for thought' this morning. Read it for yourself. Here are some of my thoughts on the topic:
I especially liked what was said about the word 'interesting.' I use that word a lot when asked to comment on paintings I really don't think are quite there yet. It's a code word of mine (and others I gathered from the newsletter) that means more work needs doing. The word sounds positive, but definitely has a negative attached.
I am my own worst critic--but being your own worst critic can be hazardous to self esteem if self esteem is an issue. Better to find someone you trust who's opinion you respect to critique your work. I like Schmid's advice: 'It often takes two to do a good painting - one to paint it, and another to rap the painter smartly with a hammer before he or she can ruin it.' No one lives in this house that I should ever listen to with regards to art; he has no credentials. "That's nice honey," for every single doodle with hardly a glance gives him away. :-))
Honest critiques are also missing on Blogger due to blogs being used for marketing. If e-mails were included on blog pages, we might be able to support one another with our comments in a more meaningful way?