Critique versus Criticism
There is a difference between critique versus criticism. Artists choose to belong to critique groups. I have yet to hear of a criticism group. Why critique? Simple, because the purpose of critique is to analyze a work versus making either pejorative or complimentary remarks. Sure it is rewarding to hear positive comments about my work. Still I find it more useful to receive analysis of my work. In other words, what is or isn’t working, why and what could be done to make the work better.
Time for Critique
I am fortunate to belong to two different critique groups. Both groups are comprised of fiber artists. What makes them especially rewarding is every single artist approaches the medium differently, but we all share the ability to critique artwork. They have accompanied me on my In the Beginning journey. Now that the piecing is done (slight pause to reflect on the accomplishment) analysis of the work has started in earnest. I am turning to you for feedback. What do you think of the largest white star in the upper right quadrant? Does it detract or provide a focal point? If it detracts what would you do to fix it.
My critique groups made several suggestions about the star. One suggestion that resonated with me was to remove it. The second image of In the Beginning shows what the piece might look like with the star removed. What do you think and most importantly why do you feel the way you do?
One recommendation I received from an artist in one of my critique groups is to give the “pillars” section of In the Beginning more dimension through trapunto. I love that idea. So, when I designed my final piece for Project Quilting, I purposefully designed it as a way to test adding dimension to the object in the foreground. This is my first time using in trapunto in this way. Frankly, I am chuffed.
Does the green background of Happiness is a Sunny Window count towards working on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge? Not really, but I did use green and I did piece scraps when you add In the Beginning to the mix. Therefore, I am calling it close enough. No, critique needed here.
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