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Annie.

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I was told a while ago not to critic my own paintings, and not to draw attention to my errors or perseved errors, but to let others do the critic and pay attention.

I have since appreciate the wisdom of this recommendation.  One learn more this way.

I have noticed around PB that many members are very negative about their own work, including those who post great paintings.   In other fields in life, I suspect most of us can assess our various abilities and expertises more or less accurately.

First, do you agree or disagree with my observation?  Then, why do you think it is so?
Cheers, Annie
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Reply #1 on: November 25, 2016, 01:55:53 PM
Annie, I agree with you. I have mentioned a few times in the past about "zipping the  lip".

Actually, every person in the whole wide world is born with a built-in potential for great things. The whole secret is in one word - MINDSET. Henry Ford had a wonderful saying: "If you think you can, you will. If you think you can't, you won't".  Unfortunately there are many who just don't get it that they are very much better than they think they are. This is a pity, and a tragedy actually, because they could have been much further in life than they are at this moment.  Still, there is time to turn that around if they only change their mindset. Just believe that you can do it. I retired from a large design and construction company, as Senior Design Engineer in a highly specialized Petrochemical field, without even a University  degree, and none of the other engineers even knew I did not have one, except the management of course.

I was brought up by my late father, a very wise man, who drilled into me that there is no such word as "can't".

"[Believe] in the things that are not as though they were." Romans 4:17
"Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."  Proverbs 18:21
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Reply #2 on: November 25, 2016, 04:47:56 PM
Years ago, through work-related training, I attended a week-long seminar which spent a lot of time on this idea. The called it self-fulfilled prophesies....what you think often comes  true. Another pitfall is that self-deprecation usually makes everyone else think you stink, even when you don't.

It's good to hear what others think because they often see what you don't. When I worked in software development, when we got stuck trying to make a piece of code work properly, we would always bang the idea around with another developer and their insight always helped.
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Reply #3 on: November 25, 2016, 06:14:33 PM
Annie, I agree with you. I have mentioned a few times in the past about "zipping the  lip".

Actually, every person in the whole wide world is born with a built-in potential for great things. The whole secret is in one word - MINDSET. Henry Ford had a wonderful saying: "If you think you can, you will. If you think you can't, you won't".  Unfortunately there are many who just don't get it that they are very much better than they think they are. This is a pity, and a tragedy actually, because they could have been much further in life than they are at this moment.  Still, there is time to turn that around if they only change their mindset. Just believe that you can do it. I retired from a large design and construction company, as Senior Design Engineer in a highly specialized Petrochemical field, without even a University  degree, and none of the other engineers even knew I did not have one, except the management of course.

I was brought up by my late father, a very wise man, who drilled into me that there is no such word as "can't".

"[Believe] in the things that are not as though they were." Romans 4:17
"Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."  Proverbs 18:21

Dennis, I appreciate your wise and powerful words here. This is a rich truth that is empowering if we put it into practice. I also find myself pointing out my shortcomings in art and life yet I know and believe what you say to be true. Thank you for the needed reminder.  :1hug:
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Reply #4 on: November 26, 2016, 08:22:32 AM
Thanks for all the comments on this topic.  I needed it.

One of the well-known artists in Hawaii asked me to take lessons with him.  We worked together recently on spotting and hanging an exhibit and he said I learned quickly.

He only takes a few people a year, so I am honored that I can be one of them. He teaches only one person at a time and he bases the lessons on what you want to paint.

I start in January. 

aloha

mea

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Reply #5 on: November 26, 2016, 09:20:52 AM
 :heeha: :clap: :yippee: Oh Mea! I am so excited for you. We will all be looking forward to hearing about your new adventures.  :congrats:
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Reply #6 on: November 26, 2016, 09:55:01 AM
Great news  :clap: :clap: :clap: Enjoy
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Reply #7 on: November 26, 2016, 12:33:05 PM
Thats awesome news Mea, :)     looking forward to seeing what you will learn,  you have already come a long way in a short time.
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Reply #8 on: November 26, 2016, 01:06:20 PM
Congrats, Mea. Sounds like a great opportunity. :yippee: :yippee:
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Reply #9 on: November 29, 2016, 07:08:11 PM
Congratulations Mea.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #10 on: November 30, 2016, 04:33:00 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wonderful news Mea.  Congratulations.   Patricia
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Reply #11 on: December 03, 2016, 06:10:35 AM
 :thankyou: Annie for starting this omnipresent topic in ones lives. I am still reaping from the compliments I got in my childhood and adolescence for my creative side. Eventhough I am unfortunately surrounded by negatively thinking people, I still get along due to the stability of my childhood upbringing.

Thank you Dennis for the bible quotes.
" Death and life are in the power of your tounge". I have to remember this everyday!
Life is more exciting with art....


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Reply #12 on: April 04, 2017, 01:29:43 PM
Good for you Gina, and hold on thight to it.  Many people spend their lives trying to undo negative childhood comments.  In the old days, parents were often afraid that compliments would make their children proud.  Proud was negative because it had the connotation of having an undeserved sense of superiority.  Now we want all our children to be proud and motivated to learn and do well... and better.  The opposite of being negative and critical (different from positive critics).
Cheers, Annie
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Reply #13 on: April 05, 2017, 06:17:21 PM
Well there are drama queens,  but most people truly lack self esteem and are insecure.
Cheers, Annie
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Reply #14 on: April 24, 2017, 10:10:38 AM
Annie, I think that with some experience in painting, we become better able to critique our own work. I used to teach writing classes to mature adults in which members presented their own pieces of writing and critiqued each other's work. This enabled my students to look at their own work with a better trained, critical eye. It takes practice!

When posting our work here on PB, it is wise to ask for critiques from others without prejudicing our own work beforehand. Of course, if there is a particular problem we are having, it helps to identify what it is when asking others for help.
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