May 1st the graduate studio class had its last critique of the semester. I had done a semi-quick small painting for this critique as I really only had about two weeks to start and finish the piece. It was a 30x30 stretched canvas and I was working with the same subject as I had in a previous painting but with new techniques I wanted to try out in this one. I focused my use of yarn within the boundary of my own land and still kept paint textures and marks throughout the whole painting. I wanted subtle marks and obvious marks in this piece, as well as many layers. I would go over the painting with a wash of paint, probably about five times for this one. Overall the feedback for this painting was the best thus far, everyone could see the confidence (as one of my professors stated) in this piece that had been missing from the beginning works of this semester. It was a hectic and mind-bending semester to say the least. The dramatic experiments I went through with my technique and paintings really gave me a vast amount of information I had been searching for and trying to discover for awhile now. The professors tasked us with challenging assignments that really only helped us discover more about our art in the end. We will finish the semester next week with final presentations about our art. Ready for the summer and to have a little time to breath before getting right back into the paintings.