CRITICAL MOMENTS: When artist becomes critic.

Towards the final few days of a piece, right up until the very last second, I take time to remove myself as artist and become art critic. I do this by pulling up a special studio chair. It is an... old, burnt orange, velvet chair that spins. Adorned with a vinyl skull pillow, that props me forward, it is where I sit and stare. My eyes roll over the painting from side to side, up and down, corner to corner. Then I sit back and stare again. What am I looking for? Tonal qualities, values of colour, shadows, shape, form. The overall 'effect' of the piece, does the composition work, does it need an added element for balance? Does the piece engage, inspire, ask questions? Finishing a piece is as important, if not more, than starting a piece. Often it is those final moments that bring me clarity and a solution to bring the piece together. It is important for the artist to take moments to 'separate' themselves from the work. Thank you burnt orange chair, you are an important part of my process. The stories this chair could tell...
Brandy Saturley in studio taking stock - artist as critic.

Brandy Saturley in studio taking stock - artist as critic.