Would you like fresh Eyes on your work?
Email Critiques - Consultations
Virtual One-on-One Demos and Studio Visits
offer a wide range of options to help focus your vision, sharpen your skills and bring work to fruition. Consultations are an important dialog for artists, vital to development - at all levels. Lets build on your strengths moving forward.
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These sessions will be individualized to best fit your needs and interests which may combine a number of approaches.
A few options we can work on, in any combination:
1 Building a consistent yet evolving body of work. I’ll be looking at your work via emailed images and or virtual visits. We’ll discuss your interests, brainstorm ideas and I’ll be offering a number of next steps. Our discussion may include any number of things including particular techniques, materials, exercises, art and artists to explore, info on your areas to develop and more. From our discussion, I can send references, links, and notes based on our talk. We can then meet back to look at your work as you progress.
2 Ways to resolve issues on a particular piece or pieces including color, perspective, concept, composition, harmony, balance, tone, types of strokes, texture and more. Send images of your piece(s) and let me know, in your email, as best you can, your thoughts, what areas you're struggling with and where you are hoping to go with the piece(s). If you don't know, that's fine too, just send the pic(s). We can have a brief phone call about your thoughts and the works and I will then send the piece(s) back to you with notes on areas that can be enhanced or changed with ways to resolve the issues along with reference images and links. Furthermore, we can do follow-ups as needed. We may also decide to do some work virtually.
3 Virtual Demos on any technique or medium -
Oil painting - Mixed media - Encaustic - Acrylic panting - Ink on Yupo
Demos can be on a range of topics including:
Abstract painting, color mixing, composition, perspective, concept, harmony, balance, tone, types of strokes, texture, types of brushes, monotypes, layers, incising, smooth surfaces, types of paper, collage and more.
A few pics from previous crits and demos:
One-on-One sessions are $100.00 per hour.
Let's get started:
Send a picture or pictures of what you're working on via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Images should be at least 1MB. (details on sending images below)
I will email back with an estimate of time and costs and we can have a brief phone call to clarify the best approach options ie: email crit, virtual demo or virtual studio visit (or some combination).
At this point; payment can be made.
From here, we will set up your demo or virtual visit and or I will send the detailed pdf on your work including notes on areas that can be enhanced or changed with ways to resolve the issues.
As a follow up, once you've made some changes, you can send a pic and we'll plan a 15 minute call or 2nd email mock up - $20.00 on the piece's progress.
Send your image(s) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
▪ via Zelle to firstname.lastname@example.org
▪ Request a PayPal invoice from me.
▪ via PayPal by logging into PayPal and sending your payment to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to cut and paste the email address if you are sending directly.
▪ By credit card; call Bonny at 214.405.5993
▪ By check to:
The Encaustic Center, 580 W Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, TX, 75080
The Bonny Studio 580 W.Arapaho Rd. #262, Richardson, TX. 75080
Included in the consultations is a pdf on composition and abstraction which applies to representational work as well. Be sure to ask for your copy when you sign up!
Photographing and sending your images:
Shoot your pieces with the highest image setting in your camera possible (check your settings) and hold the camera very still by tripod or resting it somewhere. If you hand hold, that’s fine too but any way you do it; putting the setting on 2 second delay is very helpful in stabilizing after you hit the button to shoot. Please send the pics one per email. If the images compress, we may have to use my Dropbox but let’s start with this and see if it works.
I have been a student of Bonny’s for the past three years. I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined that I would be doing the kind of work that Bonny has not only been teaching me how to do, but actively encourages. Whether I do a painting at the studio or on my own, I challenge myself constantly by asking “What would Bonny say about this?” Bonny is always looking for the “Wow factor” and if my paintings don’t have that, I know it and I am confident that Bonny will know exactly how to guide me to that.
I am so happy that she is offering critiques online during the pandemic! I recently sent her two paintings I did on my own. One was almost finished but wasn’t quite there yet. With her keen eye and amazing ability articulate exactly what to do, I was able to make the changes and call it “done” after one more short sitting. The other was in the beginning stages and with a few examples by other artists, she helped me to see the possibilities of what I might do and I have been working towards that. She’s the best and I am so grateful for her talent, vision and expertise.
I appreciate Bonny's willingness to work with me from the very beginning of a project. I had photos I wanted to use for painting inspiration, but I was uncertain about cropping to the best composition. I sent Bonny 8 photos, and she put them in the order she thought would work best for a painting. Then she zoomed, cropped, erased elements, and even duplicated some elements to balance the composition--all the while explaining why these edits resulted in a better composition. Additionally, she sent links to artists and styles that she thought would help me develop my own style for these works. Now I am ready to practice sketching for another round of critiques, and then on to painting. What a great opportunity to have this focused attention.
Working with Bonny is a delight! In my personal journey with painting, I am quick to cast self-judgement and toss up my brushes. After just a couple sessions, my confidence was transformed along with my desire to persevere in learning. She has a knack at quickly identifying strengths and encouraging exercises to build skills all the while helping me stay true to my personal style.
I went to Bonny for help on several pieces that I was working on. One especially had me stumped. I appreciated the amount of time and thought she put into helping me. Not only did she give suggestions that got me over the hump, but I learned more about composition and color in the process. I have always appreciated that Bonny doesn’t try to force me into a specific box, but because her understanding is so broad, she encourages me to work within my own style.
Julie Beth Wileman
Launching as a painter, I wanted global input: what is working, where might I focus to improve, what feels fresh, new or interesting. Bonny reviewed my emerging body of work, selected several as examples, and provided tangible, constructive input, planting many new seeds for consideration as I work. I finished the session feeling excited and eager to put some of her ideas into practice. The critique was a good investment!
Thank you and please be in touch!
The Bonny Studio Classes: www.thebonnystudio.com
580 W.Arapaho Rd. #262
Richardson, TX. 75080
The Encaustic Center: www.theencausticcenter.com
580 W.Arapaho Rd. #271
Richardson, TX. 75080