Reworking my Portfolio

Before and after I reworked "Generous, Kind, Hearts, Shine", 18 x 18" original oil painting

Before and after I reworked “Generous, Kind, Hearts, Shine”, 18 x 18″ original oil painting

It is so good to be back in the studio after the holidays! I do what I love and love what I do, so it can be difficult to take time off. Honestly, I have to force myself. My biggest hope for the world is that everyone could do what they love for a living!

Last month I received a critique on my art portfolio from a gallery owner that I have always admired. She is an artist too, which in my eyes means she is twice as qualified to give a critique. At first, I was a little hurt, which I guess is normal. I have never had a completely honest critique of my work. I don’t have an art degree, I am a mostly self-taught artist. Honest feedback is one of the things I feel I really missed out on with an art degree.

Once I got over the initial shock of getting an honest critique, I started thinking about what she said and realized she was absolutely right about most of what she had to say. The other 20% was personal opinion and things I will never change because they are what my art style is about.

This week being my first full week back in the studio, I’ve started working on one of the paintings that needed improvement. I’m sharing the before and after with you here to get some more feedback! đŸ˜‰ I’m amazed at the difference a couple of hours made! What do YOU think? Thank you in advance for any and all comments, they are very welcome.

 

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One response to “Reworking my Portfolio

  1. I think that it’s absolutely wonderful to see you posting! It’s wonderful to be able to read it as well. đŸ™‚ I am so glad that you aren’t going to change your techniques, etc. because of a critique! Although they can be hurtful, sometimes they can be right to a point. It’s the same way with music, I had to learn that at a early age. My father could be a harsh critic. Although he softened up as he aged and became more understanding. He was also right about some things. Still, I think that’s why I turned to visual arts or one of the reasons. It’s more understanding, and I’m the one that knows more in that area. I have to admit that I absolutely love the arts though and have learned alot. Anyway, Love it. đŸ™‚

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