My mother was a native of Sardonia so what she called criticism was actually the highly sharpened, lacerating edge of a flying knife — or knives. Then I’d get my feelings hurt and she’d say, “You have to learn to take criticism or you’ll never make it in this world.”

That was true, but I knew I’d leave home eventually. 😀

I did learn from her that there is criticism and there is that other thing. Criticism is great. It can help you make your thing better, whatever you do. I love it when someone says, “If all the bison are dark brown, then it makes the picture flat.” And another artist friend of mine said, “Your paintings have no atmosphere.” I had NO idea what she meant. Mood? Ambiance? Huh? But then I saw a video about Turner and saw atmosphere in a painting. I’d actually always thought Turner just couldn’t paint, but there it was, the air, mist, sunrise, the Venice lagoon and I got it. Atmosphere

Criticism can help a person grow. I’m not sure about Sardonia.

5 thoughts on “Atmosphere

    • I think (though I’m no great artist) a lot depends on who’s giving it. Criticism from those who believe in me and have my best interests at heart is always welcome — and needed!

  1. There’s criticism that intends to help and criticism that intends to hurt. The latter always hurts, though the former only sometimes helps. Good intentions are not always understood.

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