Monday, January 17, 2011

Criticism Question

Today posed an interesting question; is it better to like your work but have others criticise it, or is it better to dislike your work but have others praise it?

Today I experienced both in two different incidents.

5 comments :

PAMO said...

Ah Ha! Which was better for you? Unless money is involved, I think it would be better to like your work and have others criticize it.
On the other hand, if they are buying the piece from you that you don't like... it's a win win... out of your house and you get money to boot!

Mark Sheeky said...

Funny Pam but the first was worse... but it should have been better I think! :) lol you're reply is brill because it's found the best in each situation!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Mark, Pam said it perfectly! Critics are fickle ...

I wanted to let you know that the tube of "Carbozole Violet" is a tube of dioxazine purple. I use Daniel Smith brand watercolors. I haven't had a problem with them, though many of my paintings don't see the light of day! I paint them and put them away.

Kathy said...

Hi Mark - sorry I haven't been able to keep up lately! Hmmm... an interesting question, indeed. I think we need to trust our own instincts and gain enough knowledge to know when praise and criticism from others is valid. Knowledge is a valuable thing; opinions are difficult to trust without knowledge.

Mark Sheeky said...

Ooh thanks for that info Peggy. I heard that dioxazine fades eventually. It's such a gorgeous purple though. I think manganese violet would be better and I love it in oils (diox. takes ages to dry) but it's more of a plummy colour.

Hi Kathy, you're so right. My question was posed in relation to a commission. When you're paid, the question is more interesting. Research shows that when you're paid for a job, you like the job LESS, and the more you're paid, the less you like the job! Poverty is a luxury the rich can't have. I'm blessed!