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"The Member's Minute"

Art Critiques and Answered Questions


"The Member's Minute" is a short weekly video that answers your questions, includes critiques of artwork, tips for improving as an artist, and encouragement to keep going. This feature enables me to help you directly and answer your questions so that everyone can benefit! Past episodes are available below.
▶ Episode 99: A Critique of a Pastel Landscape and Tracing (17:45)

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Past Episodes

Acrylic underpainting critique
EPISODE NINETY-EIGHT 1/11/17
A critique of an acrylic underpainting and a question on paints for murals.
Colored Pencil Portrait Critique
EPISODE NINETY-SEVEN 1/4/17
A critique of a colored pencil portrait and a question on fixing colored pencil mistakes.
Acrylic painting critique
EPISODE NINETY-SIX 12/28/16
A critique of an acrylic painting and a question on the quality of colored pencils.
Mixed Media Critique
EPISODE NINETY-FIVE 12/21/16
A critique of a mixed media work and a question on when to stop.
Oil Painting Critique
EPISODE NINETY-FOUR 12/14/16
A critique of an acrylic painting and a question on using gesso.
Graphite Drawing Critique
EPISODE NINETY-THREE 12/7/16
A critique of a graphite drawing and questions on sighting and charcoal.
Oil Painting Critique
EPISODE NINETY-TWO 11/29/16
A critique of an oil painting and a question on eradicating specks of material on a drawing surface.
Colored Pencil Critique
EPISODE NINETY-ONE 11/23/16
A critique of a colored pencil drawing and tips for adding vibrancy.
Pastel Landscape Critique
EPISODE NINETY 11/16/16
A critique of a pastel landscape and a question on brush handles.
Pastel Landscape Critique
EPISODE EIGHTY-EIGHT 11/9/16
A critique of a pastel landscape and a question on tone vs. value.
Graphite still life critique
EPISODE EIGHTY-EIGHT 11/2/16
A critique of a graphite still life and a question on handling water reflections in a drawing or painting.
Oil painting critique
EPISODE EIGHTY-SEVEN 10/26/16
A critique of an oil painting and lighting your workstation.
Graphite portrait critique and warm vs. cool grays
EPISODE EIGHTY-SIX 10/19/16
A critique of a graphite portrait and questions on uploading art, portfolios, and warm vs. cool gray.
Colored pencil critique
EPISODE EIGHTY-FIVE 10/12/16
A critique of a colored pencil drawing and a question on textured papers.
Pen and ink critique
EPISODE EIGHTY-FOUR 10/5/16
A critique of a pen and ink figure drawing.
Watercolor landscape critique
EPISODE EIGHTY-THREE 9/28/16
A critique of a watercolor landscape.
Pastel pet portrait critique
EPISODE EIGHTY-TWO 9/21/16
Indenting paper for textural effects and a critique of a wildlife drawing.
Pastel landscape critique
EPISODE EIGHTY-ONE 9/14/16
A critique of a pastel landscape depicting fog and the best subjects for improving drawing skills quickly.
Pastel pet portrait critique
EPISODE EIGHTY 9/7/16
A critique of a pastel pet portrait.
Pastel still life critique
EPISODE SEVENTY-NINE 8/30/16
How long does it take to get "good" at art and a critique of a pastel still life.
Naive Art
EPISODE SEVENTY-EIGHT 8/24/16
Elements in "Naive Art" and a critique of a pastel landscape.
Pastel Critique
EPISODE SEVENTY-SEVEN 8/17/16
Dark values with colored pencils and a critique of a pastel landscape.
Lighting your work station
EPISODE SEVENTY-SIX 8/10/16
Lighting your work station and a critique of a graphite drawing.
Mixed media critique
EPISODE SEVENTY-FIVE 8/3/16
A critique of a mixed media work.
How to teach art criticism
EPISODE SEVENTY-FOUR 7/27/16
Teaching art criticism and a critique of a watercolor landscape.
Watercolor Portrait Critique
EPISODE SEVENTY-THREE 7/13/16
A critique of a watercolor portrait.
Watercolor Critique
EPISODE SEVENTY-TWO 7/13/16
A question on choosing brushes and a critique of a watercolor painting.
Pen and ink critique
EPISODE SEVENTY-ONE 7/6/16
A question on isolating values in your reference and a critique of a pen and ink landscape.
Graphite portrait critique
EPISODE SEVENTY 6/29/16
A question on comparing photo references for critique and a critique of a graphite portrait.
A critique of a watercolor and ink drawing
EPISODE SIXTY-NINE 6/22/16
A critique of a watercolor and ink painting.
Charcoal and graphite critique
EPISODE SIXTY-EIGHT 6/15/16
An upcoming live event and a critique of a charcoal and graphite drawing.
A critique of a two person portrait
EPISODE SIXTY-SEVEN 6/8/16
A question on using celebrity photos as reference and a critique of a graphite portrait.
Graphite portrait critique 2 Figures
EPISODE SIXTY-SIX 6/1/16
A question on downloading videos and a critique of a graphite portrait.
Colored Pencil Portrait Critique
EPISODE SIXTY-FIVE 5/25/16
A critique of a colored pencil drawing.
Graphite portrait critique
EPISODE SIXTY-FOUR 5/18/16
Brushes for water-mixable oils and a critique of a graphite portrait.
Colored pencil drawing critique
EPISODE SIXTY-THREE 5/11/16
A question on college entrance exams and a critique of a colored pencil drawing.
Before and after drawing critique
EPISODE SIXTY-TWO 5/4/16
Strategies for composition and a critique of a "before and after".
Acrylic and ink painting critique
EPISODE SIXTY-ONE 4/27/16
A critique of an acrylic and ink landscape.
Landscape Critique
EPISODE SIXTY 4/20/16
How to clean brushes used for ink wash and a critique of watercolor and pastel landscape.
Acrylic painting critique
EPISODE FIFTY-NINE 4/14/16
A critique of an acrylic portrait painting.
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EPISODE FIFTY-EIGHT 4/6/16
Oil pastels vs. oil sticks and a critique of a watercolor and colored pencil drawing.
Pastel Critique
EPISODE FIFTY-SEVEN 3/30/16
Inktense vs. watercolor pencils and a critique of a pastel drawing.
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EPISODE FIFTY-SIX 3/23/16
Making time for your art and a critique of an acrylic landscape.
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EPISODE FIFTY-FIVE 3/17/16
Signing your work and a critique of a watercolor and pen and ink landscape.
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EPISODE FIFTY-FOUR 3/9/16
Etching without a press and a critique of a colored pencil drawing.
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EPISODE FIFTY-THREE 3/2/16
Using blending stumps with pastel pencils and a critique of a landscape painting.
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EPISODE FIFTY-TWO 2/24/16
Courage to try new things and a critique of a watercolor landscape.
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EPISODE FIFTY-ONE 2/17/16
Creating highlights with Inktense pencils and a critique of a pastel landscape.
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EPISODE FIFTY 2/10/16
Handling animal fur with oil pastels and a critique of a pastel landscape.
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EPISODE FORTY-NINE 2/3/16
A question for you and a critique of a colored pencil pet portrait.
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EPISODE FORTY-EIGHT 1/27/16
A question on photographing art and a critique of a graphite portrait.
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EPISODE FORTY-SEVEN 1/21/16
A question on using viewfinders and a critique of an oil pastel landscape.
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EPISODE FORTY-SIX 1/13/16
A question on using "craft acrylics" and a critique of an acrylic landscape.
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EPISODE FORTY-FIVE 1/6/16
A critique of a pastel landscape and a quote on the greatest pleasure in life.
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EPISODE FORTY-FOUR 12/9/15
Learning to draw faster and a critique of a colored pencil drawing.
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EPISODE FORTY-THREE 12/16/15
A question on using other artists' artwork as a reference and a critique of a watercolor painting.
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EPISODE FORTY-TWO 12/9/15
Studio tour and a critique of an illustrative drawing.
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EPISODE FORTY-ONE 12/2/15
Best iPad apps for drawing and a critique of a digital painting.
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EPISODE FORTY 11/25/15
Tips for developing your portfolio.
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EPISODE THIRTY-NINE 11/18/15
A critique of a colored pencil drawing.
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EPISODE THIRTY-EIGHT 11/11/15
A critique of a digital painting and a question about fixative.
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EPISODE THIRTY-SEVEN 11/4/15
A critique of a watercolor "first".
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EPISODE THIRTY-SIX 10/28/15
A critique of a PanPastel/pastel landscape.
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EPISODE THIRTY-FIVE 10/21/15
Should art teachers draw on student work and a colored pencil critique.
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EPISODE THIRTY-FOUR 10/14/15
A question on avoiding muddied colors and a critique of a graphite dog portrait.
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EPISODE THIRTY-THREE 10/6/15
A question on when to start a new work and a critique of a graphite portrait.
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EPISODE THIRTY-TWO 9/30/15
A question on student quality vs. artist quality paints and a critique of an ink drawing.
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EPISODE THIRTY-ONE 9/23/15
A question on discovering your artistic style and a critique of a graphite still life drawing.
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EPISODE THIRTY 9/16/15
A question on choosing brushes for acrylic vs. watercolor painting and a critique of a digital painting.
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EPISODE TWENTY-NINE 9/9/15
A question on keeping your watercolor painting wet and a critique of a dog portrait.
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EPISODE TWENTY-EIGHT 9/2/15
A question on choosing colors for beginner acrylic painters and a critique of an acrylic landscape.
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EPISODE TWENTY-SEVEN 8/26/15
A question on pricing your art and a new artist making strides.
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EPISODE TWENTY-SIX 8/19/15
A question on getting started with painting and a critique of a graphite and white charcoal drawing.
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EPISODE TWENTY-FIVE 8/12/15
A question on dealing with frustration and a critique of a work in progress.
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EPISODE TWENTY-FOUR 8/5/15
A question on finding artistic inspiration and a critique of a figure drawing.
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EPISODE TWENTY-THREE 7/29/15
A question on choosing a camera for photographing references and a critique of a portrait.
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EPISODE TWENTY-TWO 7/22/15
A question on underpainting color choice and a critique of a graphite pencil drawing.
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EPISODE TWENTY-ONE 7/15/15
A question on color wheels and a critique of a graphite pencil drawing.
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EPISODE TWENTY 7/8/15
A question on drawing from imagination and a critique of a colored pencil drawing.
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EPISODE NINETEEN 7/1/15
A question on creativity and a critique of a colored pencil drawing.
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EPISODE EIGHTEEN 6/24/15
A bit on "talent" and a critique of a portrait drawing.
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EPISODE SEVENTEEN 6/17/15
Advice for new artists and a critique of a colored pencil drawing.
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EPISODE SIXTEEN 6/10/15
A question on knowing when to stop and a critque of an acrylic portrait.
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EPISODE FIFTEEN 6/3/15
A question on symmetry and a critique of a pastel portrait.
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EPISODE FOURTEEN 5/27/15
A question on portrait drawing and a critique of a portrait drawing.
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EPISODE THIRTEEN 5/20/15
A question on holding your work up to a mirror. A critique of an acrylic painting.
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EPISODE TWELVE 5/13/15
A question on art school. A critique of a graphite drawing.
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EPISODE ELEVEN 5/6/15
A question on matching values in a drawing and a graphite portrait critique.
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EPISODE TEN 4/29/15
A question on drawing surfaces and a critique of a graphite landscape.
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EPISODE NINE 4/22/15
SPECIAL - Organizing your art materials.
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EPISODE EIGHT 4/15/15
A critique of a drawing of a bird and a quote from Van Gogh.
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EPISODE SEVEN 4/8/15
A question on free Photoshop and a critique of a watercolor landscape.
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EPISODE SIX 4/1/15
A critique of a colored pencil drawing and a quote from Picasso.
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EPISODE FIVE 3/25/15
A question on making your art look its best and a critique of an Inktense drawing.
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EPISODE FOUR 3/18/15
A question on graphite grades and pencil quality and a critique of a watercolor landscape painting.
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EPISODE THREE 3/11/15
A question on covering large areas with colored pencils and a critique of a colored pencil illustration.
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EPISODE TWO 3/4/15
A question on traveling with art materials and a critique of a graphite portrait.
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EPISODE ONE 2/25/15
About "The Member's Minute", a question on courses, and an oil pastel critique.