Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting


Accepting Compliments Graciously

Stop being your own worst critic. If someone compliments your work and you find yourself constantly making excuses of why this went wrong or that went wrong or you tell them you hate it, this is a terrible habit you need to break right now.

If you have nothing good to say about your own work, don't say anything at all.

If someone says, "Oh, I love this piece!" or "Isn't this great!" simply reply, "Thank you." It is as simple as that.

If you drone on and on about your displeasure in your own work, you will definitely lose a possible fan or more importantly a possible collector of your work. By making discouraging remarks about your own work you may be insulting the taste of the viewer who just paid you a compliment.

If you feel the need to carry on a conversation about your work. How about saying "Thank you." and follow it up with "What do you like about this piece?" Perhaps you will learn more about your own art in the process?

3 comments:

ArtTales said...

Thanks! I never thought about it like that, I'm horrible when it comes to compliments.

IrinaSztukowski said...

Wow! Right to the point Rita. We really need to be grateful when people compliment our art. I caught myself several times I denied the compliment being (or thinking that I was being) shy..
Thank you for your tip.
Irina

Alison said...

Takes practice! Asking them what they like about it is a great idea!

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