Saturday, November 14, 2015

Monthly Artist Critique at Barefoot Spa

Once a month, Parker Sketch hosts an informal, supportive and constructive discussion group about art at the Barefoot Spa (801 Virginia Dr, Orlando, Florida).  I try to got these sessions as often as I can, since I learn something every time I go.  This is a group of artists and art appreciators gathering to help each other grow as artists!  It is a limited space event. The work of about 12 artists is shared  and discussed. Once the capacity for participants is reached, you can be put on a standby list and you can participate without showing art. The opportunity to show art is first-come-first served. Attendees do not have to show art to participate. You don't have to be an artist to participate. If you are interested in art and want to meet other people who also enjoy art, you will feel right at home.

At the critique, artists share then newer art, art that is relevant to what they are doing now. If more than one piece is shared, it is usually part of a series. All kinds of art is shown, there have been oil painters, paper makers, glass artists, found object sculptors, video artists, watercolor painters, ceramicists, artists who draw and collage, jewelry artists, print makers, etc. It also doesn't matter how much experience you have. There have been artists who have never shown and artists who are nationally recognized competition winners. The point is to get people from many different styles, backgrounds, and experience levels together to talk about every one's work. The discussions have included pricing, finding materials, technique, framing, exhibition opportunities, and, yes, traditional critique. Each artist's work is shared  individually.

In May, Calvin Dunkle was showing several of his fantasy art themed paintings. His work seems inspired by the paintings of Frank Frazetta. Constructive comments about the compositions and colors seemed like they should help Calvin push the pieces to completion. I didn't show work, but the conversations wrestle with issues I confront in my our sketches daily. I learn from other artists mistakes. Now that I am teaching digital painting to student at Elite Animation, I have started schooling myself. Everyday I execute a digital painting based on paintings of my favorite arts. This week my masters have been John Singer Sargent, Toulouse Lautrec, and Giambattista Tiepolo. After spending several hours studying the paintings, I go out to sketch on location and I hope that some of their mastery will seep back into my own work. Taking chances and growing is a long slow marathon. None of this work will ever be seen. But I learn from the best.

On Saturday November 14th,  from 3pm to 8pm,  Parker Sketch is having a holiday art sale party and open studio at 1029 Delnova Lane Orlando FL. There will be appetizers, drinks, and art. He only runs this clearance sale once a year. After this sale, all pricing returns to his normal retail.
Art from 2015 20% Off
Art from 2014 40% Off
Art from 2013 60% Off
Art from 2012 and earlier 80% off
All prints are available for 50% off

This week my work was venomously attacked by an art troll on Facebook and I've come l realize that some local artists resent what I do when I report on the Orlando arts scene. Although my work is undervalued, often stolen by local businesses and arts organizations, and unappreciated by some, I will keep doing what I do, ignoring the haters and celebrating creative artists who change Orlando daily by supporting and encouraging each other. That is what the monthly artist critiques offer and I'm thankful that Parker takes on the task of pulling it all together. Mark your Calendar. The next artist critique will like be on December 3, 2015 at the Barefoot Spa starting at 6pm.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

No comments: