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Artist Barbara Simmons
Thanks very much for your great critique. I agree.

I like the idea of playing with the paints to see what I can make.

I know that with your help and perseverance, I will become a better painter.

Private Art Coaching with Barbara Simmons

Over the years, I have received several emails from artists who wanted to study with me, but they lived too far away. As a result, I have started a private online coaching program.

Each of these private consultations is created to suit the individual needs of a single artist. Some artists need guidance with their artistic goals. Some artists need another pair of eyes to look at their paintings to see what they may have missed. Some artists need another voice or point of view to tell them what is working in their paintings. We tend to look at our own work with a negative approach. I believe in the positive.

The feedback that I present comes from the tradition of the visual and organizational components of design. To understand the artistic idea of the painting more completely, I ask the artist to send me photos of the painting, relevant sketches, and any reference visuals via email. I, also ask for a written description of the process that includes the painting’s concept, the choice of colors and the technical approach. By creating this written document, the artist will gain insight into their own work and I will come to the artwork with a better understanding of it.

My evaluation will be returned via email and will include a written critique and suggesions for improvements. I will also, create the suggested changes on the copies of the sketches and paintings. If the artist would like ideas and suggestions for further study, I will include these too. The artist will decide the frequency of the coaching – monthly etc.

For artists living in the Montreal area, I offer private coaching at my home studio. Coaching is scheduled to take place once a month or as needed by the artist. It is by appointment and is available on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

As a visual artist, you work alone. Coaching is a way to come out of the “cocoon” that is your studio and interact with a person about your artwork. I think of coaching as a process that will lead to the independence of the artist.

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