Ok, I promised to report on the critique I received from the IGMA committee, so here it is. Note that some of the comments seem disjointed and there is a contradiction about one of the items (the peppers). I am guessing that comments were made by different individuals, so some of them differed in their opnions.
Wonderful overall appearance- appetizing and exceptional realism.
Fish is superb.
Good variety of foods, textures, and colors.
The meats look like meat! Good shaping of the carrots, and the tops (where the greens have been removed) are well colored- nice touch.
Roast looks so real! As do the fish. Very nice. Textures for the individual food types is right on. Good scale.
Root vegetables are well done- everything looks well in scale. Good shaping. Everything sits naturally.
Outstanding roast!! The best I have seen. The fat, color & transparency is great. Peas are wonderfully realistic. Agree about the carrot tops. Biscuits are great.
Good accessories. Love the stuffed peppers.
Areas of Improvement:
The stuffed peppers look to bright to have been cooked. Cooking dulls the colors, especially the red and green ones.
Fish plate could use some "juice" or something to make it seem to sit there more convincingly. Salsa is not convincing.
- Ok, that's it! I completely agree with the comment about the stuffed peppers. I should have dulled down the colors! About the fish "juice", I am usually a fanatic about "juices", but for some reason, either it doesn't show, or I didn't add it at all. I no longer have those pieces because I donated them, so I can't check. The fish are char grilled, so I'm not sure how much "juice" would be visible because of that. I am going to look, the next time I eat char grilled fish and report back ;-)!