Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Suggestions Welcome. Always.
Anyway, I wanted to note that this marks the first time that I've received a comment that was more than just a (nice!) compliment. Which has gotten me to thinking about how rarely I see a comment with a suggestion for a change, even when the artist has posed a doubt about the work.
I DO welcome suggestions, although I don't really specifically ask for them here. I am able to use a suggestion to help me understand how someone else sees my work. I'm lucky enough also to have the confidence these days to ignore suggestions which seem to lead away from what I was attempting. So I'm always glad for the viewpoint, often ready to follow up making the change, while other times I'm willing to accept that viewpoints can differ.
But what about everyone else? How to know if a sentence expressing doubt about the success of a painting means the artist is willing to hear what another artist thinks might help? Or should we all stay away from such commenting, in the interest of keeping a happy and harmonious community?
I'd welcome your suggestions about making suggestions!
PS - per a suggestion (!) from a (non-blogging) artist friend, I've activated (I hope) the subscription feature, in case you would like to be notified when I've posted something. Please try it out, and let me know if you think it's a good idea. Thanks!