Get a Personalized Video Critique

~ Feeling stuck with a painting?

~ Want help figuring out how to make an okay painting even better?

~ Not sure where to go next?

I’m here to help!


Creating art is rewarding but it’s a solitary activity. Often we’re too close to our own art to make a clear judgment about where it’s at and sometimes we turn to others to help us gauge how it’s doing. Friends and family can be very supportive but it helps to have an expert eye on your work.

A personalized video critique has the potential to open doors to new possibilities and to help you grow and develop as an artist. I want to encourage your unique artistic vision and will be sensitive to your style, desires, and needs. I will point out your strengths and give suggestions where you may consider changes to improve, ones that will move you forward in your art-making journey.


Here’s what you’ll get from me:

I will send you a video recording of my evaluation and suggestions. Among other things, I will look at colour, value, composition, technique, drawing, my understanding of your vision as I see it in your painting(s). I am the viewer who comes to your work without prior knowledge of your intentions and will offer you my thoughts from this personal perspective. I’m going to help you move forward with the piece!

Also included in the price of the video critique is either one email to and from me OR up to 15 minutes talk over the phone or Zoom.

You can expect a response to your email within 48 hours. At that time, I will let you know if I require further information. Then I will get to work! You should have a critique back within 72 hours. (If I am away from home, I will not be able to do the critique until I return.)

You can read a testimonial by a very pleased artist who was the first person who used my critique service. Just click here to read.


Here’s what you need to do:

  • Click the PayPal button at the bottom of the page to make your payment. (Note: you don’t have to have a Paypal account to do this. Just follow the prompts to pay by credit card.)
  • Email me a high resolution jpg of your your soft pastel artwork using the same email address that you used for PayPal.
  • If you worked from a photo, please also send me this reference.
  • Feel free to send a short note about why you are requesting my help. I feel though that it’s important I look at your work without knowing anything at the start and making my suggestions from that place.
  • If you have any questions about the process, please email me at




I can’t wait to help you!!!



Please send work that has not been copied from other sources e.g. photographs or artwork by others, or that has been done in a workshop under the tutelage of another instructor.


How about giving a gift certificate??

Want to give someone a gift certificate for a personalized video critique? Just email me at and let me know!

2 thoughts on “Get a Personalized Video Critique

  1. Gailen Lovett

    Dear Gail,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for deciding to offer a critique service. I’ve admired your How To Pastel website with all your valuable tips, your art history reviews and your monthly artist choices to consider and enjoy. You are a knowledgeable wordsmith when it comes to explaining what’s going on in an artwork both historical and contemporary.

    So, of course I wanted you to critique some of my work. I wanted to ask you to be my “second set of eyes” and help me through some of my uncertainty.

    I chose three of my recent landscape pieces, one that I thought successful and liked and two that I wasn’t at all sure about. I emailed a photo of each for your critique and anxiously awaited your reply. What a surprise! it was not the few paragraphs I expected, it was a private video prepared just for me.

    The first video was on the piece I thought successful. You liked it too but found a few places that could be better with adjustments. You were right on target, the areas you suggested were the very same spots that I anguished over not only during the work but also afterwards. Your suggestions helped me to re-evaluate my work and guided me to a more cohesive finish that I could feel comfortable with.

    The video critiques of my second two paintings were high on the learning curve. Wow, Did you open my eyes! You showed me how to crop to make my work more exciting. By changing the format through cropping, the focal point and subject matter became distinctly different. Why hadn’t I thought of that? This is where your keen appraisal was such a help to me.

    Your critiques have given me so much to think about when evaluating my work. It is comforting to know you are there as a “second set of eyes” when struggling to be objective. Thank you for adding this valuable service for artists.

    Gailen Lovett

  2. Susan Lee

    Dear Gail

    Thank you so much for your detailed critiques. I appreciate that you upload my painting in a software and then show me the exact areas and how to improve it visually. That helps much more than just verbal suggestions.

    So far I had tried one landscape piece and one portrait piece. I was struggling more with the landscape one; you had made good suggestion in darkening the value in a sunset scene, and that I should have paid attention to the shadow when I changed the composition of the light source. For the second portrait piece, I was quite content with it to start with but I was glad that you pinpointed one relatively weaker area. It had bothered me a bit but I didn’t pay too much attention to it. To resolve that, I changed the shape of the plant to make it more abstract even though I did not eliminate it as suggested.

    It was helpful to know what you think the strengths and the weaknesses are in my paintings and especially helpful when you guided me visually in how to resolve them. I look forward to more critiques in 2017:).

    Susan Lee


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