A gentleman in an online art group announced today that there needed to be less effusive, undeserved praise of fellow artists’ work. He went on to explain that one should become a master of their craft, also, before sharing anything they have painted in a public forum. Which got me to thinking…
What would it be like for an artist, if no one said a word when the artist showed their work? How many times would the artist continue to show their work to the world, if no one ever shared a reaction? And who is the ultimate judge who determines which paintings check all the boxes for the title of masterwork?
I used to be a daily blogger, connected through the old “blogger” platform with a larger network of daily artists who shared their thoughts and works with others. When I see some of the older paintings I posted there, I cringe with horror at some, and am surprised that some were very good. We are all quite well equipped to pick our own work to shreds, and some of us never post anything without pointing out all the mistakes. Despite my early blunders and all the learning I have still to come, it has been the kind words and encouragement from others that spurred me on to the next step in my art journey.
While some like to bash Facebook and Instagram, I’ve found these platforms to be powerful tools for artists to connect, encourage and network with one another. I wonder where I would be today as an artist and as a teacher, if it weren’t for the uplifting words of other artists. Would I have kept painting? Was there anything in my life at which I excelled that was achieved without some beautiful champion spurring me ahead?
I recall high school and college teachers who celebrated my essays and creative writing projects, and a second grade teacher who hung my penguin artwork colored with silver crayons on the door of her classroom. I remember a first grade teacher who awarded me a tiny magnet for my drawing of an apple.
The real measure of whether it is a good or a bad painting is just one thing ~ Does it make your heart sing? And the only bad painting is the painting that was not completed.
June 2020 ~ Your summer escape awaits!
You are invited to join Nancy for a summer getaway to the magnificent French Alps. There is no more beautiful escape from the summer heat than spending 10 days in the heart of the lovely medieval village of Annecy, known as “The Venice of France” with its canals, flower gardens, cafes and shops.
After flying into Geneva, Switzerland, we’ll make our home in The Splendid Hotel near the shores of historic Lake Annecy. Your journey begins with a tour of Col de la Forclaz with lunch on the terrace of a dairy farm in the mountains. We’ll sample slices of charcuterie, cheeses, potato beignets, and fresh blueberry tarts with cream. We’ll tour the Chateau de Menthon St Bernard, a castle filled with 13th century furnishings, tapestries and a library of ancient manuscripts painted with illuminations from the monks of the Middle Ages. And this is all just Day 1!
During your journey workshop, you’ll have plenty of painting time with Nancy in the indoor studio at your hotel in Annecy. Nonpainters will enjoy additional tours and excursions while the painters are busy in the studio. This tour is filling quickly! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration details.
Get more joy with monthly online classes
Do you love vibrant, loose florals and landscapes? You can paint online with me in The Joyful Brush, my monthly online class. Learn more…