National Portfolio Day
Weekly Report 6
As part of my effort to step out of my comfort zone I decided to explore more art schools in the National Portfolio Day event at Dallas. It was a incredibly enjoyable day; I went with my girlfriend and a friend. I was not able to look into every college I wanted to, but that did not matter much.
My thought process was that each individual person representing the schools must have all been qualified to critique my portfolio. Each had plenty of criticism and compliments to give, which is what I was concerned about. If I want to know how to apply to a school, then I will look into their website. An opportunity to be critiqued by a representative of an art school, however, is rare, so I was actually able to learn quite a bit.
The first of the main lessons stressed by the representatives was that I should paint more from observation, not photos (even if I took them), which makes sense. I would be more than willing to go outside to try, and even could do so without contacts or glasses in an effort to do something different. Not only will I be able to address the criticism, but also accomplish my goal to explore different methods of painting. I was also told to paint with more purpose and meaning. It makes sense; I have been painting for painting’s sake. I need to begin thinking of why I want to paint a certain subject and what message or story I want to express in my painting. This will not only bring life to my painting, but also make it more complex. I am excited to address these critiques; doing so makes me feel as though I am genuinely becoming a painter. What more could I ask for?