I was typing the following, when the rudeness of some caused this fine lady to close her thread, before I was able to post this:
When one takes the time to check out your portfolio, I'm quite certain that one will find a truly Fine and very Bold Artist..An Artist with a Strong EYE and HAND to produce, a series of Powerful and Diverse Paintings:
I have to agree with Roger on this, you have a great talent and do not let the words of one person sway your hand from your magnificent art. Put every ounce of your being into your art and pay no attention to negativity.
Sorry, but in no way was I rude. She asked what kind of artist she is and oddly enough, I took the question as she asked it. If she had asked what style of painting does this make you think of, then the reply would have been the same, Surreal.
Do not blame me for her over sensitivity or insecurities.
there was no rudeness in that thread, further, its not up to us to figure out what kind of art she does, sometimes you have to make up your own name for it. like i do hdr, but i can't call i that because it doesn't look anything like the stuff people expect hdr to look like. SDR never caught on, and it sounded silly to start with. there was no reason to close that thread.
i didn't mean anything bad by it, even though it came out that way. mostly what i'm saying is, no one should put a label on themselves or you'll be stuck with that name. and if you make many different kinds of things, its kind of impossible to place a label. once you find your thing, you can place a label on it because it's what you favor. but right now it's impossible to say and only you know what you are, which right now is, confused i guess. not to be taken as an insult fyi.
like right now i have no name for what i do. it's not hdr, it's not painting, it's not really photography any more, but i don't really think about it or worry about it because it's not that important to me. i let the viewers decide. most call me a painter - when i'm not.
I know you meant nothing wrong in it and so do most others BUT, what you mean and what comes over to a new person asking a simple question, are not always the same thing.
We are just reading words on a screen that is all.
Empathy is a hard master but it does need to be there when you are dealing with others.
Labels are a part of being an artist. We need to know our genre and we need to know our mediums.
Yes there are labels like Impressionist, Expressionist, Surrealist and, in some ways we need those. Not only do we, as artists need them but we welcome them and crow about the ones we fall into. We have whole movements where we make new ones
Even art rebels often label their work.
If you do not, then grand. But, you have to understand that others do and NOT tell them not to
I had read several times of what Mike and other wrote on her thread and I don't see anything being rude or offensive on what they wrote. Actual, I find she is being immature for closing the thread because others not saying nice things about her painting or naming a style for her work. if one couldn't not accept what artists opinions here just wait until you get to the real art world.
he knows everything in the art world
from a to z
from inside out
from traditional paintings to digital photography
jack of all trades
the most sensitive fact
that everything - in the art of critique - is purely subjective
he may honestly think
he is doing a great favour for someone by sharing his very limit knowledge of the art world
to do with emerging artists who are looking for critique
just to boost their confidence
and enhance their inspiration for more works
to other artists
to meet the urgent needs
of his own inflated ego
I learned very early in my art career to develop a thick skin, as the old saying goes "If you can't stand the heat, keep out of the kitchen", and that one can learn far more from what might appear at first to be negative comments.
If I were Anabelle I would be far more upset by the casual insults being showered on me from those who think Mike should not have been so insensitive than I would be about his original remark. But, hey, that's just me!