made my day. Although I had no intention of discouraging anyone, I still took
it as a compliment, though bitter sweet, it gave me a smile of
accomplishment. Still, it was a silver
lining on a pesky storm cloud.
The reason I
joined up here is to take part in these Challenges. Because they are challenging. They have guidelines, deadlines, and the free
reign to screw up without consequences.
Take for instance my entry into the Sky Harbour challenge, it was my
very first entry here and it didn't work out so well. In fact, it has not garnered one single vote.
I seemed to have missed my audience. But hey, that's the breaks and you takes
your chances. I had an idea, I ran with
it, I oopsed. Oh well, what's next...right?
I agree with
everything Kazky and Domtopia have said.
We are all trying to learn and get better. This Challenge is one way to do that. A really good way, in fact. We create something and then we put it out
for any and all to see. Sometimes they
like it and sometimes they don't. Well,
WHY? That is what we, as painters and
drawers, have to figure out. Why do you like some things and don't like
others? What is it about a painting that makes you stop and say, "Wow!" How come other paintings don't
do that to you? It is our mission, if
you will, to figure that out. I look at
all kinds of works, especially the ones that I just pan right over. I make myself stop, go back, and figure out
why. Is it color, composition, subject matter, or all the above? The not so 'eye catching to me' is almost as
important as the works of art that keeps
me coming back time and time again. This is very important for all of us.
creation out in the open to be judged good or bad is a very tough thing to do.
Yup. So be it. Earlier I wrote that we have the free reign to screw [it] up 'without
consequences.' Well, that is to say, a
boss won't spin into a tizzy if we mess it up a bit. We on the other hand, take it
personally. I take it to heart, actually. But really I have chosen to improve as a
painter and as a drawer or draftsman if you will, and I know that I can't
please everyone. Heck, it's hard enough
trying to please myself (I'm sure we can all touch that with familiarity). So try this on for size, I believe that I am
a painter. That's it. It is up to someone else to label me as an
artist. I paint. If a viewer calls what I have created art,
then I have succeeded. Since beauty is
in the eye of the beholder, then who am I to tell any one of you what is Art? We like it, we don't like it, and we get to
vote. Awesome, yes, but surely not the
end all. The true winners are everyone
of us that can find the time to get here and get better. Every one of us is going to get beat up by,
and how this managed to not be a
four letter word I don't know, CRITIQUES. Yeah, I said it. Critiques.
They can cut to the bone, but they really do help. Just remember that most other painters are
trying to assist you and they are doing it through their eyes. You have the final word, it's your signature
on the bottom. Listen to some of it,
listen to all of it, or listen to none of it, it's your call. Just remember to leave nothing un-looked at,
this will assist you and your next work just might be breakthrough, revealing, scrumptious eye candy!
running out, what's next? ...Oh my,
who came up with, "The Founder?"
What are you