EUCLID ART ASSOCIATION
Members’ Art Critique Night with George Kozmon
At our very popular Members’ Night Critique, George Kozmon,
an internationally collected artist best known for his
monumental architectural paintings, was the art critic for
the evening. George’s artworks have been widely
exhibited and critically acclaimed throughout the US and
abroad. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of
Art and lives in Gates Mills, OH. He also participates
in IngenuityFest. George tells us that he does a
little of everything, but now he works large, very large.
He is currently working on an 8ft by 20ft mountain image on
wood panels using acrylic and colored pencil....or ‘whatever
works’. We thank George for sharing his artistic
insights with us.
Before George could start his critique of the over 25 pieces
of artwork that members brought to the meeting, Lee Peters
held a brief business meeting and Joan Milligan swore in the
EAA’S Officers for the 2017-2018 season. Thank you,
Sandi Richards, for becoming our new treasurer.
George was challenged to get through all the artwork critiques in
the time allotted....as is the case at every June critique
meeting! Members’ feedback....excellent job, one of the best
critiques that we’ve had! Not only was he informative and
constructive in his criticism, he was very entertaining. He
would be an excellent judge at our next Library Show. George
would point out ‘things’ that most of us did not immediately
notice. Once we saw it, we understood what he meant.
Here are some comments he made while reviewing the art:
• Your job
is to manipulate the viewer in the space.
• Color, texture, form, patterns, they all tell the story.
• Your eye goes to where the contrast is most intense.
• Eye also goes to where tangents are...tend to flatten out the
• He calls himself a watercolor purist. In Ellen’s plein air
watercolor, he suggested the horizon be raised or lowered.
• Need good perspective....perspective needs to be precise.
• In Juanita’s watercolor, the two main objects in the painting
appear to be the same size, make either the flag or the fence post
bigger. We didn’t notice at first, until George pointed it out!
Also, take the tree off the paper and let more of its dark
branches go behind the flag.
• Loved the deckled edges of handmade paper on Marguerite’s flower
painting. He suggested the picture be framed to show off the
• Watch out for dead corners in your painting, where nothing is
happening. It tends to attract attention.
• etc., etc., etc.....
After the critique, the 32 members in attendance enjoyed a
“Garden Tea Party”. We thank Sue and Tom Herrle and
Karen VanLinge for the evening’s refreshments......pinwheel
finger sandwiches, veggie tray & dip, homemade pimiento
spread w/crackers, American Flag of fresh fruit with
chocolate dipping sauce (in honor of Flag Day, June 14),
lemon yogurt cake and DiStefano’s cookie tray. Did you
notice how quickly all the broccoli disappeared from the
veggie tray? Ask Jaden where it went!