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Art Critiques: Live Color and Composition

Thursday, April 20

5–6pm MDT
7–8pm EDT
12am–1am BST
9am–10am ASDT (Friday)

Masters: Robert Simone and Calvin Lai


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Join Mastrius Mentors Robert Simone and Calvin Lai for LIVE Color and Composition ART CRITIQUES!

Join the fun and learning as Calvin and Robert answer big questions, like:

  • How important is it to follow the rules of composition, and when can I break them?
  • Which is more effective, color or composition, to enhance the story I'm telling through my artwork?
  • How do I guide the viewer into my painting and keep them there?


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Want to get LIVE feedback from Calvin and Robert on YOUR cityscape or landscape art?

Your piece could be one of FIVE artworks selected to receive live critique by the Mastrius Mentor Artists during this event. 

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  • ANYONE registered for the workshop can submit art.
  • Five pieces will be selected to receive live critique by the Mastrius Mentors during this event.
  • Artists MUST be in attendance to have their work critiqued.

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Meet Robert Simone

Oil Paint

Seeking the True, the Good and the Beautiful, One Brushstroke at A Time

What moves an artist to spend his life creating? Painter Robert J. Simone says, “For me, each new canvas is a prolonged meditation on the beauty of nature.” Indeed, Simone’s paintings convey a profound love for the great outdoors. It’s a reverence shared by those who appreciate and collect his work.

Simone derives inspiration from coastal scenery and marine subjects. He’s also fascinated by the many ways humans give shape, form and intention to the world’s raw materials. That’s what draws him to the maritime, transportation and industrial subjects he paints so well. But his first love is the coastal landscape of West Central Florida.

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Meet Calvin Lai

Oil Paint | Charcoal | Drawing

I collect moments. If you look through my collection you’ll see paintings of people I’ve met, places I’ve been, and things I’ve seen. Because of my background in classical realism, it is important for me to paint these moments realistically. But solely painting realism feels incomplete, and I find that it can become a bit too academic. It’s not only about the visual recreation that is my intention in oil painting. I want to make my audience feel they are walking down a rainy street, climbing up a sun drenched hill, or sitting in front of a beautiful figure.

I want a viewer to feel the moments I collect.

In my work, I find myself breaking free from traditional ways of painting and incorporating much more expressive means. I place highly developed detail next to looser, almost abstract, areas. I’m fascinated with how to combine near photographic rendering alongside the roughness of the palette knife, or the randomness of a loaded brush. This combination of realism and Impressionism techniques creates a natural tension in my paintings, as well as directs where I want the eye to travel. Even my choice of composition and subject matter are influenced by this part of me. I find that I create compositions outside of conventional rules and gravitate towards subjects that do not necessarily follow a standard of beauty. There is a bit of provocation in this, as I play off of the traditional ways art should be, but there is also an invitation to see what else beauty entails.

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Event Details

Date: April 20, 2023

Start time: 05:00 p.m. MST

End time: 06:00 p.m. MST

Venue: Online



Since 1994 Tri-Art Manufacturing is a Canadian family run company producing a wide range of artist paints in Kingston Ontario. Tri-Art is known by artists nationally and internationally for it's high quality products. Starting with 3 founding members and a single paint line, in a 100 square foot area, Tri-Art has now grown to employ over 70 people, and produce over 20 different paint lines in a production area of over 100,000 square feet.