Thoughts from the Studio: Basic Components of Art

Last month’s "Thoughts from the Studio" topic of self-critique started by stating “Every artist needs to learn to do a self -critique – to look at his or her painting and be able to see what the painting may need to improve or finish it.” This is obviously a deep topic of interest among our members, sparking discussion at last month’s member-led workshop. Inquiries into the critique process, criteria and styles, along with the vocabulary of visual art were some of the topics gleaned from the conversations. After the workshop, Jill asked me to share some terms to be offered as new or review for our members expanding visual art vocabulary. We have all heard the old adage, “that knowledge i

Pastellus: The Upside of Accountability

Definition of accountability: the quality or state of being accountable; especially an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions. Accountability in the professional arena can be difficult; it is part of a culture that comes from allowing employees to take ownership, and fostering trust among all levels and departments. In our personal lives we become overwhelmed with so many responsibilities that we find ourselves letting things slide. However, accountability in art can help us focus and improve our skills. Some CPPS members have accepted and completed recent daily painting challenges; a one month daily painting challenge and a 7-day completed

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