Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Artist and the Inner Critic

So, how many of you out there have a resident inner critic? I know I do, and I find it quite annoying, most of the the time, and sometimes quite helpful. Today I have been trying to figure out how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements, and how to take a decent picture with a point and shoot camera. And, to top it off I have been working with a brush and oils trying to get those loose wonderful strokes. So, my critic is having a wonderful time! The painting today is a test, I wanted to see if I could get a decent picture, and then if I could figure out how to get it cropped and posted. So, if anyone has any thoughts on the picture or hushing the inner critic, please let me know. I love a quote that I read from Samuel Goldwyn " Don't pay any attention to the critics. Don't even ignore them" It makes sense, if you spend time listening and worrying then you won't have time to do what is necessary. I laugh whenever I think of that quote!


  1. What a great start on working in oil, Cissy! You achieved loose brushstrokes and I love your play of warm and cool colors, especially in the girl's dress.

    I have a resident critic living in my house too so I can relate to what you're feeling. I told my critic that if he makes a negative comment, he has to back it up with a positive one. Now most his comments are positive.

    I'm still trying to learn how to get a good photo and using Adobe Photoshop. Email me and I would be happy to share with you the little I have learned through trial and error. Also my daughter wrote a step-by-step instruction for me on how to color correct and prepare a photo for the web using Adobe Photoshop. I could send it if you are interested. It's very simple and basic.

  2. Thanks Carol I am having trouble leaving this message it is showing omly partial type. I will e mail you. I am enjoying our chats, and hope one day we can meet in person!