About Us

Bragg Creek Painters

 
 

About the Bragg Creek Painters

As a group, we promote and support the pursuit of painting as an artistic medium within our community. This is accomplished within our membership through constructive critiquing, sharing information and new ideas. We hold regular workshops and meetings to encourage exploration and creativity. Each one on our members is required to participate in these activities. Our members strive to contribute to the creation of art and to help the group progress as professional artists.

Criteria for Membership

There must be room within the group to accept a new Member. We have a maximum number of spots within the group.

 

Prospective new members must reside within an area agreed upon within Bragg Creek and surrounding area.

 

The name and background of a prospective new member must be submitted to the group. If the group is in favour of pursuing the matter further, the artist will be invited to attend a meeting with samples of recent works. The group will then decide whether or not to accept the painter as a new member.


Tips on Critiquing a Painting

Whether you want to evaluate your own work or someone else’s, learning to critique a painting can encourage growth in an artist. You probably do this unconsciously whenever you view a painting. A formal, organized critique can really benefit the artist. 


When you’re looking at a painting critically here are a few things to consider:


Spend a few minutes taking the picture in without judging. It heightens your awareness of the details and prepares you to examine each one to see how they all fit together.


Strengths: Identify the strongest areas of the painting. This gives you something positive to start with. That can be especially important when you’re critiquing a friend’s work. It’s always a good idea to end on a positive note as well. A good critique should be constructive and helpful to the artist.


Artist’s Statement: Has the artist achieved their stated aim? Do you agree with their statement or interpretation of their painting, remembering that what the artist intends and what the viewer sees aren’t always the same thing. 


Shape: Does the shape of the canvas (landscape or portrait) suit the subject matter? For example, a very long and thin canvas can add to the drama of a landscape.

 

Title of the Painting: What is the title of the painting? What does it tell you about the painting and how does it guide your interpretation? Think about how you might have interpreted the painting if it had been called something else.

 

Subject Matter: What is the subject of the painting? Is it unusual, unexpected, controversial or intriguing? Does it lend itself to comparison to work by a famous painter? Do you understand the symbolism in the painting?

 

Emotional Response: Does the painting generate an emotional reaction in you? What is the overall mood of the painting, and is this suitable for the subject?

 

Composition: How have the elements of the painting been placed? Does your eye flow across the whole painting or does one element dominate? Is the main focus of the painting in the center of the painting (both vertically and horizontally), or off to one side? Is there anything that draws your eye into or across the painting? Also consider whether it’s been copied from reality or from a photograph. Has thought been put into which elements were included?

 

Skill: What level of technical skill does the artist display, making allowance for someone who is just starting out and someone who’s an experienced artist? A beginner may not have been technically skillful in every element of their painting, but there’s usually some aspect that’s worth highlighting for the way it was dealt with and the potential it demonstrates.

 

Medium: What kind of paint was used to create the painting? What has the artist done with the possibilities presented by their choice of medium?

 

Color: Has color been used realistically or used to convey emotion? Are the colors warm or cool and do they suit the subject? Has a restricted or monochrome palette been used? Have complementary colors been used in the shadows and are there reflected colors?

 

Texture: Consider the texture of the work and how it adds or detracts from the painting.