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post #11 of Old 04-13-2011, 05:07 PM
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Defensive? I have very good reason because I work hard on my artwork and am proud of my pieces. I can defend them if I choose to. It's MY right considering its MY work.

I have plenty of fortitude and your statement shows your ignorance. I DO plan on continuing to draw. I always have and always will.



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post #12 of Old 04-13-2011, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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I am sorry that I have spoken. You are right. I don't know you. If I did, I would have known that you woud take my comments as condesinding. I meant them to push you.

You say that you've read my other post, so you can see that I never have been discouraging. Except my appologies, please.
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Quite honestly it was condescending. You haven't made any contact with me at all and your very first response to me says I have "ability" but that my artwork is unfinished and lacks depth and you later go on to tell me I probably lack fortitude and I am holding back. I seriously had no other way to take that information.

I don't mind criticism of my work but prefer it be done followed up with a "and here's why I think that"...Criticism without explanation is generally considered a plain out attack on somebody's work. I am proud of some of my more recent pictures. They are special to me and took a lot of time and effort. To hear that they are unfinished and lack depth is like a slap in the face. When I look at them I see the love my son has for his animals. Maybe I am blinded by that fact.

As far as fortitude. I am mostly self taught. I learn from other works I see. I look at other peoples work and try their own techniques to see if I can do them or not. Sometimes I do, sometimes I fail miserably. I am a full time mom, who works full time, has a 4-year old and a multitude of animals (plus the house to take care of). Even when I was working on my degree, had an infant, and worked full time I still found a little (admittedly not much) time to draw. I draw when I can but I still draw. I don't have the time to take art classes so I learn on my own. If that doesn't take fortitude I don't know what does.

My holding back - again you did not go any further in your explanation. Why do you feel I am holding back? I try new techniques and mediums and styles because it interests me. I have a tub full of drawings - good and bad - of work in all styles. Admittedly - I fall back to pencil drawings. It's what I enjoy the most.

I have read your other posts and no you have never been discouraging. It was in the back of my mind the entire time I was reading your posts to me - why am I the target here? I don't care one way or another if you don't consider me an artist or if you don't like my work but I suppose the way it was done was quite perplexing to me and did feel like an attack on my work as I never did see you do that to anyone else.

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post #14 of Old 04-14-2011, 09:32 AM
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And I will add (and it doesn't obviously make things better or change things) but I and my son have been dealing with illnesses that have had us down and out for approaching 3 weeks now. I haven't had the energy to even pick up my pencil (or anything else for that matter). I don't think I have hit the "acceptance" stage of sick yet - right now I am at the "angry-I am sick and tired of this" stage. LOL - let's face it - I will never hit the acceptance stage. I will fight it to the bitter end, hard headed cuss that I am.

So to that end I was extremely grumpy yesterday and that certainly didn't help matters either.



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post #15 of Old 04-14-2011, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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I am sadden to hear of your illness. More sso than you'd believe. I turn 51 this month and have had Parkinson's for 5 years. It does effect my work. I meant that as long as you don't consider yourself an artist, then you're not. I believe that that attitude holds you back from doing your best work. By "lacking depth" I meant that the works don't look quite 3D. This gives them an "unfinneshed" look. More contrast with lighter highlights and darker shadows would go along way toward improvement.
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post #16 of Old 04-14-2011, 12:21 PM
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So sorry to hear about your Parkinson's. Luckily our illnesses are not anywhere near that level but he is in the beginning stages of asthma and gets croup so bad it lands him in the hospital so little things like that can wear on ones nerves. It is never fun to see your child so sick they are hooked up to IVs.

Thank you for the explanation on the lacking depth. It is something I do need to work on for sure. It has been a long time since I did this seriously and a lot of the work I posted was done years and years ago - from 1992 to 1998 were my peak activity years and then "life" hit and my art got put on the back burner. I still did some but was unable to really focus on it. I am now at the point where I can get back to focusing on it again so thank you for the tip!



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