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.
Last edited by chanda95; 04-14-2011 at 09:27 AM.