A Student Critique

Recently, I did a Photoshop critique for one of my workshop students. I thought I would post it to show you how valuable PS is as a tool in this regard. I could quickly show Becky what I wanted to show her without touching her painting. This piece was one she started on location but didn’t have time to finish there. She was already having some issues though that we could address this way.
Here’s her painting, a scene in Glacier Park. The second image is my PS lesson or critique.

I am teaching another workshop in beautiful Big Sky, MT. Oct. 28 -30, 2016. If you’re interested in joining us, let me know.

Becky’s piece:

My PS lesson:

MY comments were pretty wordy, but I’ll post in case you want to wade through this.

My critique: I think originally, your colors were overall too warm, with the distance being almost as warm as the foreground, and too close to the same color and value overall. To illustrate that, I grayed and softened the mountains on the left, but didn’t do so to the one on the right. for comparison. I think the one on the right still comes forward too much because it’s too warm. I also did some overall cool washes over things in the mid distance which helped bring the values closer together in each area. You can use red, blue, green, whatever on the slope of a mountain, but the values need to be very close to pull that off or the shape doesn’t hold together as a shape. I simplified the sky. Everything was the same busyness so that helped. It could even be a little lighter at the horizon, just in a few spots. I got rid of that hard edged shadow on that distant mountain. I think it was distracting as it was too hard and far apart value wise for something at that distance. White snow (on the distant mountains) is the only color that gets darker as it recedes – picking up the blue of the atmosphere. I added darker values to the water and some reflected color from the peaks above, and went much darker and closer in value with the pine trees. I also pushed them a little cooler, as the background’s still fairly warm. I brought the tip of the third tree from left above the shoreline so it wasn’t just touching (a point of tension) and added another little tree below the distant peak so the one tree wasn’t mirroring the shape, as we discussed. It can be so confusing – a warm background that does cool to make it recede. A cooler, darker foreground. But, I think it’s beginning to work. I think you need to push your focus area a little now – maybe a little brighter just in the spot where the white water reflection meets the pink mountain and the reflected background mountains, and at that same spot vertically in the sky where it meets the mountain. This has the potential to be a really nice painting!

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Laurie Stevens

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National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society “Best of America Small Painting National Exhibition” at the Kirkland Gallery, Nashville, TN., April 30 – May26, 2018

Out West Art Show & Sale, March 14-17, 2018 at the Heritage Inn, Great Falls, Mt. I’m in Room 176!

Portrait Society of America 6×9:Limited Size, Unlimited Talent Mystery Art Sale, April 20, 2018 at the Art of the Portrait Conference in Washington, DC.

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show, Nov. 13 – Dec. 30, 2017

Under a Vast Sky, the 2017 AWA Annual Master and Signature Members Show & National Juried Exhibition, at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, Oct 13 – Dec. 3, 2017

“Dissent” Show at Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA. July 1 – August, 2017

“Gallery Night” at Frame of Reference Fine Art in Whitefish, MT.,July 6, 2017

Iron Horse Summer Art Social, Whitefish, MT. June 25, 2017

“First Strike Auction” March 17, 2017 C.M. Russell Museum https://cmrussell.org/the-russell-event/

2016 – Portrait Society of American Members Only Competition Winner – Landscape Division https://portraitsociety.org/

“Back to Basics” Painting Workshop in Big Sky, MT. – October 28-30, 2016

“2016 Annual AWA Member Show & National Juried Exhibition” – Sept. 23 to Nov. 14, 2016 https://americanwomenartists.org/news//

“Summer Art Social” at Iron Horse, Whitefish, MT. – June 25, 2016 www.whitefishcommunityfoundation.org/summer-art-social/

“Montana Painters Alliance Show” at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, MT. June 30, 2016 – August 31, 2016. http://www.hockadaymuseum.org/

I’m teaching a workshop called “Back to Basics: Considerations for Every Painter” at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT., April 29 – May 1, 2016 https://www.cmrussell.org/content/back-basics-considerations-every-painter-laurie-stevens/

“Auction for the Arts” at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, MT. March 24, 2016 http://www.bigskyarts.org/

“Out West Art Show & Sale” at the Heritage Inn, Great Falls, MT. March 16-19, 2016 http://outwestartshow.com/

Guest Artist at Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ., 2015 http://www.altamiraart.com

“Traveling the West Art Show & Sale” at Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX. – October 23-24, 2015 http://www.travelingthewestshow.com

“Boots Required!” at Bella Muse Gallery, Ogden, UT. – July 3 – August 31, 2015 http://www.bellamusegallery.com

“Summer Art Social” at Iron Horse, Whitefish, MT. – June 30, 2015 www.whitefishcommunityfoundation.org/summer-art-social/

The Dana Gallery “Icons of the West” Show, May 15 – June 30,, 2015 http://www.danagallery.com

The Russell Live Auction, Mansfield Convention Center, Great Falls, MT., Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015 http://www.cmrussell.org/the-russell

Booth Western Art Museum “For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction” – February 21, 2015 www.boothmuseum.org

Altamira Fine Art “Art 2 Art Show”, Jackson, WY. – mid December, 2014 – January 1, 2015 www.altamiraart.com

Tom Gilleon & Laurie Stevens – 2 person show hosted by Altamira Gallery of Jackson, WY. and Creighton Block Gallery of Big Sky, MT., July1 – 18, 2014 http://www.creightonblockgallery.com

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum “Small Works, Great Wonders” Show, Oklahoma City, OK. – Nov. 15 – Dec. 1, 2013 http://nationalcowboymuseum.org/events/swgw/default.aspx

About Me

Stevens’ work reflects the small daily wonders of the land she calls home: the first crocus of spring, the resilient beauty of the plains, or that special sense of hope and possibility that is only found in the West. Stevens is also interested in regional history, particularly the interactions of Native Americans and white settlers during the Reservation Period. Many of her paintings are an exploration of this dynamic and a meditation on the “taming of the West.” From Billings, MT, Laurie began her career as an artist in Los Angeles where she spent 12 years working for the entertainment industry as a scenic artist and muralist for television, theme park, theater and movie productions. She spent time as a member of the Walt Disney Imagineering team, lending her talents to many Disney theme park projects worldwide. She also did some set design, illustration, and matte paintings for several animated childrens’ movies. In the 1980’s Stevens returned to her native Montana, first to the mountains near the Scapegoat Wilderness and then to the ranch near Great Falls where she currently lives and works.


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