From the article: 10 Worst Painting Critiques
When you ask someone what they think of a painting, you're exposing yourself to the possibility of negative comments and, unfortunately, hurtful and mean critiques. Some people say unhelpful things that ought rather not to be said, often justifying it by saying it's "just my opinion" or "I'm only being honest". Share your experiences here of things you'd rather people had not said about one of your paintings. Share Your Worst Comments
To the Attic
- " Your paintings are starting to fill up your room, we should put those in the attic."
- —Guest Yemoi
- I painted a picture entitled "Banshee Indian" of a naked girl warrior on a spirited horse. My mother (my biggest critic) looked at it and said "put clothes on her!" Against my better judgment, I returned to my easel and regretfully painted clothes over the girl's beautiful body. I sold the painting, but I have always regretted my decision to listen to someone's opinion on how my artwork, my creation, should look! After all, artwork is exactly that, a creation. It shouldn't be up for discussion just enjoyment! I feel if you don't like it don't look at it. I love ya, Mom, but I'll never paint clothes on my nudes again!
- —Guest Sequoia
Good Luck to You!
- I have no talent at all, but do enjoy the works of those who do. There are people that love to put others down. Johnny Carson's own mother came right out when people were falling down laughing at something Johnny had done, and she said, "well some people will laugh at anything". His own Mother. She was a real 'Mommy Dearest' as far as I'm concerned. Just paint for yourself at first, the hell with anyone else, as long as you love it, that's all that matters! Good Luck!
- —Guest Sylvia M
- Back in fourth grade the class was given the assignment to color in a butterfly. The teacher told us to be as creative and artistic as we wanted. I loved the color blue so I decided to color mine in different shade of blue and purple. When I got my picture back I got points marked down because it wasn't "colorful" enough.
- —Guest Blue
Looks Good from the Toilet
- A childhood friend contacted me after 40 something years. She looked at my site and supposedly fell in love with one of my better paintings. I ordered a canvas copy which was not cheap for her as a gift. A year or so later we spoke and the painting came up. She gave it to her daughter who hung it in her bathroom. She told her mom that she feels so peaceful looking at my painting when she's sitting on the toilet! Well... If you give a gift it's surely out of your hands!
- —Guest L. Parris
- When my Mother sees my work her comment is the same: "What a shame, such a waste of talent." She sees me as a failure because I'm not in galleries nor am I celebrated.
- —Guest the cool lounge
- I don't consider any comments as valid. I built a campfire,enjoyed it and now one only sees the ashes. They can in no way connect with the true personal experience that creating art provides. My paintings are the mere residual of something far beyond the observable. Say what they may.
- —Guest Timmy229
My Wife, God Bless Her
- My wife encourages me to paint and often says I would like to keep that one or wow that is good, but sometimes she says things that hurt if I let them, like, after I had spent several hours on a portrait, only my second real life painting, she said yeah well it does look like him but the colours all wrong, my brother though and his wife were both thrilled with it, no comment from me needed. I will keep painting, it's the only thing that keeps me sane in this rush about over technical world. I give most of my paintings away to anyone that really likes what they are looking at, I did give one to my stepson's ladyfriend who said it would go with her wall paper, poor sad and deluded lady.
What's THAT Supposed to Be?
- There's more to art than pretty pictures, but most say otherwise, that I should put my pretty drawings in for contests instead of the so-called "blobs" that actually have meaning. A person I know looked at my painting with a look of disgust and goes "I just don't get you guys. What's THAT supposed to be? A puddle of puke on steroids?"
- —Guest A.A. Ali
No Resonse At All
- It really takes a toll on my confidence, when my paintings are ignored by the critics. But then because I am self taught and I paint because I love it I just keep learning and more importantly painting.
- —Guest Esther
- I share my watercolours on my Facebook page, and after somebody liked one of them her friend posted "(@name of friend), I like your painting better". That's just rude!
- —Guest Ruth Harris
Turn It Around
- Your #8. Can you do me one like this in [insert color]? Said to me one time at a small "artwalk" and I turned it into a commission - plus the person later bought the "original" for a gift to a friend!
You Just Don't Get It!
- In second grade we were told to draw and color our favorite animals. I drew a dog, a cat and a horse. My teacher was horrified that my animals all had blue eyes. In front of the class (and later on to my mom) she said: what a stupid girl, animals have brown eyes. When I pointed out that cats have all color eyes and that I wanted MY animals to have blue eyes, she replied that I just didn't get it. So from then on all of my animals had blue eyes, sometimes my grass was blue and my skies were green and my sun was purple... my seven-year-old attempt at artistic freedom!
- —Guest Lori
Two in the Family
- Years and years ago, ( I am 72 ) my X was so critical of what I did, I stopped painting. I've started up once again, and my daughter does the very same thing... This time, being older and wiser, I flat refuse to give up. Beauty is in eye of the beholder, and I always seem to like what I've done... not what people say about it. What do they know?
- —Guest laurel
Two in the Family
- Years and years ago, (I am 72) my X was so critical of what I did, I stopped painting. I've started up once again, and my daughter does the very same thing... This time, being older and wiser, I flat refuse to give up. Beauty is in eye of the beholder, and I always seem to like what I've done, not what people say about it. What do they know?
- —Guest laurel
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