Tuesday, August 26, 2008

We're gonna give it a shot

Me and my big ideas! We're getting an on-line art quilt crit group together. So far, we have 7 people participating, and once the fog clears from my brain I'll be putting together the "official" guidelines and rules. Right now, I'm just sending out links to existing crit forms and info so everyone will have an idea of the direction we're trying to go. I'm actually sort of looking forward to it too. I've discovered that I can learn as much about my own work by analyzing other people's as I do by analyzing my own. It's almost easier to define and verbalize the elements of someone else's quilt. Maybe I just "know" in my head how I want to do something without having to put much more thought into it than "it looks better at the bottom than it does at the side" when I'm working on my own stuff. Looking at someone else's, I have to decide specifically WHY it looks better at the bottom and be able to put that into words.

Concentrating on the art aspect can only help and it's never a bad thing to be able to get some insight into how others perceive your strengths and weaknesses in design, color, etc.


Michelle said...

'Sounds like a great idea, Rhonda. Here in NC, I put together a small 'Art Salon,' which meets once a month, and one of our best activities is to critique each other's work. What's great is that we each do something different, but we're all artists who can offer a fresh eye, new perspective, and a clear understanding of what it takes to create good work.
Good luck with your group!

Anonymous said...

I would be interested in joining your on-line critique group. I just hope the posting of pics is easy--you might say that I am one of the technology-limited-challanged-etc. persons.

Let me know the details when it gets going.
Sharon Richards