Volume 8, September 2020
Painting Tips from the Aureolin Art Studio

The Criteria for a Winning Painting
I recently volunteered to judge the September monthly show for the San Dieguito Off-Track Gallery, and I thought I would share with you the judging criteria I used. I have provided below a recap of the criteria to make a successful painting. You will recognize some of the information from my past newsletters.  

Here is the Judging Criteria I used:
  • Composition – Do the elements have movement and lead your eye around the painting? Is there a center of interest in the painting?
  • Design – Does the painting use color, line, edges, shape, texture and, most importantly, value to its advantage? Are these elements working harmoniously together?  
  • Originality and Creativity – Does the painting present an interesting view and/or unique subject? Does it stand out from the norm, tell a story, make a statement, show emotions or intent? What is the artist trying to say?  
  • Skills and Technique – How well did the artist handle the craft? Is there a good use of cool and warm colors, textures, brush work, perspective, structure, foreground, midground and background?
  •  Framing Presentation – Does the matt and framing enhance the artwork or detract? Is it clean and well prepared to appeal to the viewer or seller?

How I can use this information to help me?
Wherever you are in your painting journey, it’s important for you to start incorporating the items on this list into your paintings. These will make you a stronger and more successful painter. Winning paintings are planned and thought out—they don’t just happen!
I recommend that you print out the judging criteria list. Before you start painting, review the list to make sure you know your objectives. Have a plan for executing the elements into your painting. Then place the printout in a spot where you’ll be able to see it and refer back to it while you paint.
When you finish your painting, read the criteria again and ask yourself if you met your objectives. If not, you may be able to make some adjustments.
Using this approach can ensure that you stay on track and help you put the WOW factor in your paintings. Who knows…your next painting may be a “Best of Show,” too!
The months have been flying by
It’s hard to believe that fall is here! I hope that you’re healthy and doing well. 
I have been very busy painting. If you’re not already following me on Instagram and Facebook I hope that you will, as I have been posting my paintings there. I also have 9 videos up on my YouTube channel demonstrating watercolor tips.
This past month I have been very involved with the art community. In addition to judging the art contest I also presented a talk on “The Health Benefits of Creating Art” for the Ocean Hills Art Loves Group. If you want me to present to your group, please contact me. This is a very powerful message, and I would love to share it with you. 
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