Oil Painting critiques can be harmful

IMPORTANT: This oil painting weekly tip is on how get a good critique that will not harm your art spirit.

31 comments:

  1. Daniel,
    I enjoyed your post, and agree with you. Most the time critiques arn't fun, and at times seem to squish the life out of the artist. It's nice to hear people say that critiques should be positive and not within a group setting. Alright, I should get to work...my sketch for my mural is due by tomorrow night and I've got to get crack-a-lacking rather then slacking.

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  2. Thank you for your comment on my blog. You have a very interesting blog also. I have subscribed to your posts as I also paint and will read with interest your advice.

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  3. Thank you for dropping by Angel Stories! I like your blog too--painting is a little scary for me--but I'm determined to give it a try. I like Acrylics, do okay with oils--they just take so long to dry--and am scared to death of watercolour. LOL

    You have a GREAT blog here--I'll be back to peruse.

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  4. I am a member of the Jury/Critique committee of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild. I feel that it is most important to be very gentle when examining the work of emerging artists. Our critique group feels that the critique should be a learning experience for everyone. In addition to our work within out guild, we have an ad hoc group which meets once a month. This monthly event has become so popular that we have had to extend our meeting time so each artist has an opportunity to show a painting.
    I find your blog to be very educational and I will encourage my students to watch your videos and read your posts.
    Judie McEwen
    rogueartistsspeak.blogspot.com/

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  5. Wow great blog Daniel and thankyou for visiting mine.

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  6. Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog. I'm glad I found your blog. I'm a photographer and graphic artist and have gone through a lot of critiques of my works. I have seen where critiques were good and bad and where folks were genuinely interested in helping me and where folks where just trying to cut me down. Sometimes the whole process is a victim of the "cult of personality" syndrome, but more often than not critiques have been a learning experience that have pushed me to try harder. I'm greatful for that.

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  7. Thanks for your sweet comments on my butterfly blog, Daniel.
    I see you live in CO!
    I used to live up in Nederland for many years and worked at the Pioneer Inn.
    Stay warm! Spring is coming! ;)

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  8. great post, and excellent advice.

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  9. Thanks so much for stopping by! I like your blog very much, too! :)

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  10. Great blog, Daniel. What great advice! Really, for anything in life! Thank you. I am so lucky you posted on my blog! I love this blog! Don't be surprised if I have questions. I am a virgin...blogger! ha Peace Love Joy
    Amy

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  11. Valid points for most things in life. I can't critique, because I can't paint. I just stand in awe!

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  12. Hi again and I love this video. I learned after many agonizing years to stop trying to paint what everyone else thought was art and find my own style. What I was comfortable with and doing my own patterns and ideas and not copying someone else. I would love to be able to paint something just like a photograph, but that's not my talent. I am a more prinmitive painter with details in balance and color. It's no fun trying to do something you are not comfortable doing. If it's too stressful and too much work, then it's not worth it. Art must flow, from you to your painting and then to those who view it.
    It comes from the soul. I paint to please me and if others like it, cool. If they don't, it's not my problem. LOL
    I like your blog, too. :)
    Hugs- Tete

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  13. Thank you for commenting on my blog, Daniel. I wouldn't have found yours if you didn't! great tips!! i've been trying my hand at oils recently, and this really helps. :) you're awesome!

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  14. Thanks for nice comment. I shared this video. Nice reminder for other artists too.

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  15. Thank you for commenting on my blog! I enjoy your paintings. Nice to find a site with good assistance for beginners.

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  16. Hey! Just scoping your blog out. I've recieved some absolutely brutal critiques in my time and most of them don't ever actually help. I like the Compliment Sandwich. Something good, something bad, and end with something good.

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  17. Greetings Day,

    I totally agree with your position on this subject. I remember in University a professor uas unduly unkind in his comments. This comment was messured against myself in all my paintings that followed. I don't paint anymore but am considering going back to it.

    Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  18. Thanks for the blog visit Daniel! It's very much appreciated. I've never used oils before (I'm more into watercolor/sketching myself). However, this is a fantastic blog! I'll be sure to check it out regularly. :-)

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  19. Thanks all for your nice comments nice to interact with you...Daniel

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  20. Thank you for commenting on my blog. I appreciate y0ur article. I am not an accomplished artist but I do dabble in painting and enjoy reading about the subject.

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  21. wow, I typed a long comment about how refreshing it is to find artists who dont say "if it's not photorealistic, it's not art", but google ate it :(

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  22. Thank you for visiting my blog. Your blog is wonderful; I'm your newest follower. ~Have a great day~

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  23. Hi Daniel,
    Thanks for looking at my paintings on my blog, and for your kind comments, your blog is great, keep up the good work!:~}

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  24. Thanks for following my blog! I agree about the critiques. I can remember my first writing group critique - I left in tears. An organization with which I am involved, Artful Missions, has decided to call them Artist Round Tables.

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  25. Amen, Brother!! This is really good advice! I've found too it's helpful when the artist being critiqued has specific goals in mind....and critiques can be aimed with this in mind & can be really useful for growth in the specific area he is seeking knowledge in! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on all on these areas.

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  26. I just went through Final critique in my open studio course. I admit that I was frozen and braced myself. I knew I didn't make the grade with comments like " Let's say what it is exploring the medium" "You have a long way to go" This was harsh since I was exploring an intuitive approach to abstract with cold wax and oil. My excitement to explore at the beginning was squashed by midterm and felt helpless to ask questions.
    I will make note of your advice so I can set boundaries for future critiques. Thank you. from an older beginner

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  27. You got this right, Daniel. So many people are discouraged by BAD critiques, when in fact their work is wonderful, unique, and exciting.
    I like your blog..excellent advice.

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  28. I love that you are very positive about oil painting! I have not been painting with oils for very long and I have no formal training in the medium, (except for watching a lot of Bob Ross with my mom growing up)so it is intimidating. Your works are inspiring.

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  29. love your blog daniel!! great advice!

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  30. Thanks for your comment...coincidentally, I like painting too :3
    Great blog, I love getting critique but it disappoints me that everyone always says my art is good...people even think my mess ups are good lol. I believe noone wants to be honest with me and hurt my feelings(Which critique won't). I seriously hate that, and now I have no idea where I stand as an artist, but I know its low Dx ...sorry for being random >_<;;

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