I had a wonderful experience whilst gazing in a gallery of a local artist Naomi Tydeman from my home town Tenby. I find it courageous to see any artist paint with viewers onlooking whilst creating a piece. I don’t know if i’d find it off putting or i’d be constantly justifying its imperfections until I got it to where I wanted it to be.
I was privileged to have a chat and learned wonderful things that have changed my thoughts as an artist about valuing my work. She gave advice and said that “you are only as good as your last painting” and that “each painting should be your best work.” She talked about how she was her worst critic and as a watercolour artist, you have less chance of correcting work. She said she could spend hours on a painting and feel shes overworked it and then tosses it in the bin. (Or draw she points to..a few yards away.) But she also mentioned that if it was not sold within a year she would also take it down or rework it too.
Naomi was Once told by another artist or valued critic of hers to take down one particular painting. .she said this particular painting she had painted, had a beautiful tree with intrinsic detail and perched on a branch was a bird. The critic said the bird was so ugly and that it did the painting no justice. It not only devalued that painting but the critic pointed out it devalued all her work. Naomi said she almost took it to heart but then perceived it to be constructive valuable criticism. She took it down. Being a self trained artist Naomi said “it’s a longer and lonelier path but you have more freedom to explore technique and develop your unique style.” I have realized this to be true for myself but how exciting it is!