The goals you have will define the direction we take together. Whether you want to learn a new technique, to become better at designing and composing a painting, or just receive a few quick critiques to measure your progress, the length and focus of your mentorship is up to you. My part is to assist you by sharing the knowledge and experience I have accumulated over three decades of painting.
Here are a few ways you can use mentoring:
1. You can receive a respectful and informative critique of one or two works. We can compared those paintings to master artists you admire and we can draw parallels between their work and yours.
2. We can discuss and analyze a larger group of paintings and learn what your strengths and weakness are across a body of work. (And of course, follow it up with practical suggestions as to how to improve your work in general.)
3. You can start and finish a painting with help and guidance. You would check in at the start, and check-in while the painting is in progress. Then check in at the end with a summary critique. Much can be learned that way.
3. You can identify and fill in any critical gaps unaddressed by previous schooling or workshops. There are important concepts which are essential to every kind of painting – ideas, principles, and methods that relate to color, composition, brushwork, and paint handling. Subjects which recently been often overlooked or left unaddressed by previous instruction.
4. You can check in periodically to get a measure of your progress, with advice and suggestions focused on accelerating your progress. A sort of oil and lube check up.
5. If it is your dream, you can learn what is required to make a living with your art. You can anticipate practical concerns such as how to build a body of work, what to look for when searching for representation, how to promote and sell your work, and mostly importantly, how to maintain a sense of joy and play once you have decided to go pro.
These are only a few suggestions of what you can do with online mentoring. What would you like to do?
HOW TO USE YOUR MENTORSHIP...
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"Preparing to Go On"
24 x 20 inches | oil on panel
Thomas Jefferson Kitts