|Lorraine Torrence ticks off design points at the CQA critique session|
Lorraine prefaced the session by discussing the difference between "critique" and "criticism" in regard to viewing the works of other artists, saying that "People are better critics than inventors." She noted that too often we start our critiques with the words "I like this..." or "I don't like this...," both of which Lorraine calls "useless." She pointed out that, as viewers and critiquers, we cannot judge the content of a piece as that is entirely within the choice of the artist. Instead, we can and should be looking at such things as form, composition, arrangement of elements, balance, contrast, etc.--all the language of the principles of design no matter what the medium. As an example, in doing representational art the artist needs to pay attention to such things as a light source, wind direction, etc.
|Ahead of the critique session, Maria Michurina checks out these pieces, by (from left) Barb Fox/Bonny Brewer, Carla DiPietro, Meg Blau and Colleen Wise|
And anyone who's studied with Lorraine is well acquainted with "Lorraine's Law," which everyone agreed should be carved in stone: "Make visual decisions visually!" To illustrate this "law," she described a couple of actions to take. One is to grab small pieces of fabrics and pin them in the areas that seem to be troublesome, substituting different fabrics, shapes or placement until you can work your way to a decision. Another way when, for example, trying to decide on sizes of or even whether to include borders or edges, would be to take a photo of the piece, make a paper mask or cropping "L's" that can be repositioned on the print, and try many alternate approaches.
|Guest Carol Hill (left) and member Melisse Laing (right) trade thoughts on these works brought for critique. The piece on the left is by Donna DeShazo; the one on the right is by Kathy Cooper.|
|Kristine Service (right) describes her frequent method of "working from the center, out" as CQA President Mary Lewis (left) holds up one of Kristine's pieces|
For more information about Lorraine Torrence and her work, go to http://www.lorrainetorrence.com/.