Art Critiques and Getting the Most from Input

Today, I’m featuring an article from one of my favourite Youtube A young artist exhibits their work for the first time. ...and a well known art critic is in attendance. The critic says, "Would you like my opinion on your work?". "Yes, " say the young artist. "It's worthless," says the critic. The artist replies, "I know, but tell me anyway."watercolour tutorial artists, Steve Mitchell. He is easy to listen to and he has great advice from a lifetime of being a pro artist.

Art Critiques and Getting the Most from Input

“We all want to improve as artists don’t we? Growing as an artist is the key to more enjoyment and satisfaction as we tread this adventurous but sometimes frustrating path. Practice is a given, but what happens when we get stuck and don’t know how to improve. The brave artist seeks appropriate, constructive input and critique. Its a tougher challenge, though, than we sometimes realize. Asking someone to tell us what is wrong with our art, which is so often a personal expression of ourselves, is also risky, baring our soul to the cold frigid winds of potential rejection. So if its done, it ought to be done right. There is good input and bad input. How do you tell the difference? Here are some pointers from my experience…”

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Enjoy Your Process

Play, practice, try tutorials, try new mediums, try new approaches, stretch yourself, experiment… watercolour painting of a cactus

The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” – Robert Henri 

If you are going to make art and enjoy it, it’s important that you don’t try to make a masterpiece every time. Just get in there and paint, draw, sculpt.

Make a habit of letting yourself just have fun and try new things, without judgement.

Watch me paint a realistic bouquet, #2

I’m working on a realism piece and have taken snapshots of the process. I’d like to share them with you! This is the next phase.

If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them…

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I decided that I needed to pull out the flowers from the foliage. I drew in the rest of the detail in the bouquet and began with light washes of a green I made with cadmium yellow and cobalt blue. I can now see the shapes of the flowers!