Why Don’t I Like My Art?

I wanted to write this post for those of your who think you don’t like your artwork and I know that there are several of you. I would like to offer some advice and guidance to help because I understand these feelings.  Every term I meet a few learners who don’t like and even hate the work they produce.

Our Own Worst Critics 

Firstly why don’t you like your work?  Often it because we are judging it very harshly we don’t think it is good enough or we are comparing it with others work. I had one learner who shocked me with a very accomplished portrait which I honestly didn’t think she was capable of producing after the first session of the course.

I was amazed by how much progress she had made after ten weeks of classes.  Sadly she didn’t see the progress and achievements herself, she only saw the mistakes and only spoke to me about what was ‘wrong’ with her art.

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How Can I See Colour?

Colour is a whole new area in drawing and painting which sometimes for some complete beginners I think is best left until they have developed some basic drawing skills.  Seeing colour is quite a skill because colour changes depending on changes created by lighting and reflected light.

There is no real easy answer to seeing colour, it takes lots of practice in observation. Learning colour mixing is very important for seeing colour and understanding the minor differences between a ‘warm orange’ and a ‘cool orange’.  Often when we start painting, colours just look like one colour and seeing the differences in variation is challenging.

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