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At 11:44pm on June 16, 2013, Carl Gethmann said…

Dear Ms.  Woodward:

Thank you very much for your very positive comments.  While I have had several solo exhibits and have won several awards in my short career, I was very interested in finding out what an art professional thought of my art.  As you can probably conclude from the pieces in my portfolio, I consider myself to be a colorist as well as a realist.  I am especially happy that you consider my paintings beautiful.  That is exactly the effect I am trying to attain.  In some cases, I push the color to extremes with the express purpose of trying to knock the viewer's eyes out.  If you were see the actual paintings, the coloristic effects are even greater than online.  Taking a page from photographer's book, I print the digital paintings on aluminum which results in great luminance, brilliant color, great vibrancy, and a depth of color not obtainable with natural media.  Once again, thank you very much for taking the time to look at my art.  If you have any additional interest, my website is

Do I have your permission to quote you?  I have signed contracts with Editions Limited (print distributor) and Art Finder (to sell my paintings in Canada, UK, Europe, and the United States).  Also, I will have featured solo exhibit at gallery in Lancaster, PA in the fall and your comments would be helpful in selling my art.

Warmest Regards,

Carl Gethmann

At 9:45am on June 16, 2013, Carl Gethmann said…

Dear Ms. Woodward:

I would appreciate it if you would take a look at my portfolio, "The Digital Art of Carl Gethmann", and comment on any painting you might choose.  I am interested in the opinion of an art professional. 


Carl Gethmann

At 9:15pm on April 7, 2013, Rose Adare said…

Mahalo Kristen for the wonderful comments on my piece "passio".  This is perhaps the most well written critique I have had and again, Mahalo (Thank You) for your beautiful insight!

I am thrilled and grateful  to be having a solo show at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center May of 2014...just in case you have a desire to go to Maui this will be a very fun show with performers from the paintings!

I thought you might like this latest paintings they are on my webisite, they are under "Restraint and Revoluton"

Oh and may I quote you?


Rose Adare

At 8:19am on February 18, 2013, Ryan ilinca said…

At 12:53pm on January 23, 2013, Denise Boineau said…

Thank you for your critique of my oil paintings. You were curious if the work "At the Gate" was on paper. It was not. All of my pieces are oil paintings on canvas.  Thanks again.


At 2:16am on October 4, 2012, Dawn Dudek said…

I am so pleased you like my painting 'Saving Clementine'. Your review was excellent and I appreciate you taking the time to write such an insightful piece. It is always exciting to know how people feel when they engage with the paintings, it gives the pieces new life and I am able to revisit the work through someone else's eyes. Thank you very much Kristen!

At 7:11pm on September 8, 2012, Mary Powers Holt said…


Thank-you for the very insightful critique of my painting "Woods Destruction for Development". You put into words what I wanted to convey with this painting through composition and the images as icons. I was happy to read your interpretation of this piece and I don't think anyone (including myself) has ever summed it up so well! I appreciate your taking the time to review it.

Mary Powers Holt

At 4:15am on August 23, 2012, sijia chen said…

Thank you for your comments on my photography series, your commentary very eloquently addressed the visual elements that I wanted to present through my work.  The inspiration,  or rather subject matter, of that particular project was to highlight the current state of urbanization taking place in China.  The concept of a static grid represented by the scaffolding obscured by a fast moving object in the bus can be interpreted as double entendre in two ways: the scaffolding represents a temporary structure portraying a state of change and growth, while the bus moving through the streets represents the permanence of the daily lifestyle in urban China, are juxtapositions of their physical manifestations.  In the physical sense, the scaffolding will one day be gone, while the buses will continue to run the same routes every day with metronomic regularity.  But the other interpretation from a purely visual sense is the opposite; because of the constant construction taking place in China, the scaffolding is now a seemingly static and permanent fixture of the urban landscape, while the bus is constantly moving and changing its direction, orientation, and speed as it facilitates our personal individual pursuits of growth and change. These visual elements serve to both highlight and juxtapose the physical qualities of their place in the urban landscape.  In the end, the scaffolding and the bus are both permanent and fleeting, it depends on the viewer's perspective.

At 6:53pm on August 8, 2012, Shunyo Mahom said…

Thank you for the feedback, Kristen.

The art is natural, the marketing an effort.

I'll do what you suggest.

Also, keep me in mind if you see a show which my Zen Pearls brand would fit, okay?

With Love, Shunyo

At 2:43pm on August 8, 2012, Shunyo Mahom said…

Hi Kristen,

My name is Shunyo Mahom, a Zen Artist.

Are you familiar with my Zen Pearls art based on meditation?

My website has 5 Zen Pearls Art galleries:

I need help, guidance from someone who can help me market

my Zen Pearls Art online.

Do you know of anyone?

With Love,

Shunyo Mahom

At 6:40pm on August 2, 2012, Andrew Schlageter said…

wouldn't dream of it ;)

At 7:01pm on July 31, 2012, Andrew Schlageter said…

ironically the peace is supposed to symbolize a warm moment.  The canine head is actually that of a baby levian wraith (flying whale, the young have six eyes), curious of the two characters but too shy to fully approach.  The colors are actually meant to resemble autumn, but I could see how the luminescent field and sunrise could make the colors mistaken for a representation of anger.   But thank you for the interpretation, it may get me to add to the piece a bit more and maybe tone it down 

At 1:15am on March 21, 2012, Linda Soberman said…

Dear Kristen,

I was pleased and honored by your decision to review Memorialization Book and The Ruler from my recent body of work, Memory Lingers. Your comments were both insightful and well stated. The images are both from a presentation book I created for museum and gallery curators. I can see why you made the comment that they appeared graphic and formal. How right you were to notice that! I made the decision to include the pages on my site, instead of just the photographs of the work, to better define the work.

I did choose to eliminate the eyes to create anonymity as well as make her the surrogate for all women lost in the Holocaust and other contemporary genocides. It was meant to be an act of erasure, as I wrote "wiped out..gone."

As artists, we often work alone in our studios, without the opportunity to hear intelligent and meaningful dialogue about our art work. It is with great appreciation that I thank you for your comments.


LInda Soberman

At 11:06pm on March 19, 2012, Bonnie Shapiro said…



Thank you for taking the time to critique Looking Through a Haze of Memories.  I found your comments helpful and insightful. although I draw and paint the figure on a regular basis in this instance I chose to leave out the people that you might normally see in a carnival setting to reinforce the mood .   Regards Bonnie Shapiro

At 8:23pm on March 4, 2012, Robert Reinhardt said…


 Thank you for taking the time to review my photographs of the Rosebank Cemetery. I appreciated your thoughtful and articulate comments about the images. You managed to clearly find words that described what my true intensions were with these images. 

 I am in the process of putting together a solo exhibit in Edinburgh of these historic cemetery photos. As I have just stated I enjoyed how you described the work. May I use your review in some of my publications? Of course I would attach an author credit. Please let me know if that's possible.


Bob R.


At 10:45am on January 30, 2012, Mary Roche said…

Hi Kristen,

I really appreciate the time you took to comment on my work.  I had never heard of the artist you recommended and I found her paper animal sculptures very inspiring.  It was great receiving such a thoughtful critique for an outside observer.  Best of luck to you.  

Thank you very much for your comment,


At 2:58pm on December 23, 2011, Leslie Pontz said…

I am interested in being considered for the monthly highlight section. How do I go about applying for that? If you would not mind, please reply to me at

At 3:13pm on December 5, 2011, Harry Gold said…

Thanks for the review Kristen,

That was a very thoughtful way to view Vadette.

I made that piece a few years ago, while living in New Mexico. The combination of dramatic landscapes and heavy artillery (being in close proximity to Los Alamos National Lab), was very potent for me at the time.  

The piece was originally made in wax, then molded and cast in bronze.  The waxes for the bombs, I chilled in the cold winter air, then brought them back into my studio and dropped them. The shattered pieces, I then reassembled, to give the effect of spent ammunition, and to give reference to the organic corrosive texture of the sandstone landscape in the area.

The goat was introduced for several reasons. For starters, I've always just liked the way they look, and am entertained by their stubborn disposition.

Secondly, they were one of the first animals to be domesticated by humans, bringing about 'civilized' man. In this scenario, the goat and the bombs, mark the potential dusk and dawn of civilization.

Thanks again for your insights


At 11:18pm on October 22, 2011, Dave Wood said…

Dear Ms. Woodward,

I am very honored for your review and artistic analysis of "Dulce Suenos". Seems as though you have read my intensions for this painting exceptionally well. I had hoped its prettiness,  would lure the viewer into taking a closer, more contemplative look. For some it may cause for tension, or challange their morals and send the A  wire to the B terminal. I think it will read differently depending on one's cultural and moral views.

For example, I have spent a lot of time in Asia through the years. In Japan I was taken to a Buddhist shrine  dedicated to fertility. It was a large and  exquisitely maintained, public sculpture garden. However, its carved stone and cast metal sculptures were large works of both male and female genitalia (including female breast). Young couples visit these shrines when they are hoping to bear children. Some Japanese may see this painting as a colorful abstraction of joyous adult celebration. With that being  said... My Mother (late 70's) sees it as a very pretty, but pornographic painting.

Again, thank you so very much Ms. Woodward for your exceptionally articulate critique of this work. I would be very appreciative if you would permit me to include it with the painting in my website?

Best wishes,

Dave Wood



At 7:05pm on October 9, 2011, gregory grim said…

  I invite you to view my pieces on display. I'm a new-guy here and would value your appraisal. Thanks.-G

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