This morning I submitted three paintings for the Western Cape Watercolour Group annual merit exhibition. It is unfortunate that they are holding this at the same time as my show in the Nature Reserve but it worked out OK because I was keen to submit the figures I have done.
The first was the two girls looking at photos shown here with a midnight mounting job:
In the end I decided not to crop the painting. This was accepted. The other two were not. They were quite tough in the evaluation which is really great. Prof (I think) Louw Erasmus who ran a top art school, gave me feedback.
I submitted this nude, painted from a photo, which I have shown on my figures page:
Louw said that the colours were great. He liked the saturated colours in the figure. But the background should have also had strong colour to support the figure. As it is it has a ‘pasted-on’ look that I have read about in Charles Reid’s books. Good feedback. One of the other judges said the scarf should be blowing the other way, which is neither here nor there I thought.
I also submitted another nude that they liked but took out in the last round of judging:
Louw said the painting was technically excellent but the pose was too stiff. A model would not be able to hold such a pose long enough to paint. Also comes from painting from photos. Useful feedback all round.