Art Juror, Paul Jackson

A Southern accent sweetly lingers in his voice as we heard our juror artist from Missouri, Paul Jackson, begin his critique on Saturday morning of 16 artist’s creations.  There was a moment of silence and then he proclaims the first piece as energy in motion.  As for myself, I was excited by his expressiveness from the get go. The main points of interest from his continuously informative critique were about the focal point:

•  A focal point is the story line of your painting and it is where there is greater intensity, detail, and contrast
•  Vary brush strokes to show off the focal point
•  Don’t put your focal point in the center of your painting
•  Pop highlights around your focal point; include high contrast and incorporate lots of mid value comments

He also made several other very valuable statements and words of wisdom; a winning painting has high contrast, while painting talk to yourself for decision making, and color takes all the credit and value does all the work.

His thoughts on things we often forget and are always glad to hear again were; always make your darks/blacks with several colors and not out of the tube, don’t chop off a corner of your painting with a diagonal line, and you don’t want the onlookers eye to stop on your signature in your painting; think of placement before signing.

Paul’s final comment was, “The best part of being an artist is the observable gift in the garden of our mind, be sure to use it”. 

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