This painting, "Academy Basement", received a merit award at the spring student show. The assignment was to paint an interior at school. I was excited with the way the pipes and other objects break up the surface of the painting and the abstract shapes that emerge. I loved the process of painting this and was sad when we were summoned for the final critique (and I had to stop).
I did this painting for an in-class (and out-of-class) assignment. There were two models (the man and the woman) in the studio and we had to invent an environment. I made the mistake of not coming to the first session with a clear idea of what I would paint. I only knew that I wanted to do an inner-city scene with graffiti. Ha. There were no obviously good images on Google and I somewhat impulsively decided to use Depression Era photos as references. So my second mistake was choosing to paint something I could not easily relate to. I felt strange painting a very serious subject, ie. poverty, which I know very little about. Was it wrong to use images of a very sad human condition solely for the purpose of creating art? I know that question has been asked before and I am not sure there is a real answer. Mistake 3: I started off with the square hut right in the center of the painting. I have since made many seemingly minor adjustments with placement and perspective. Breaking up the surface with various panels was also important. Another issue that is still unresolved: The girl looks strange and out of place. I was not using a very good reference (hard to read). Someone suggested I remove her altogether. I'll let you be the judge.
This is where I occasionally comment on my work or let you know my thoughts on art, artists or whatever. Feel free to comment as well. And don't worry- I could handle some constructive criticism (I do go to art school).