You know, one of the biggest humps I'm having to get over is selling my art.
When I believe in something of someone else's I could sell it like crazy!
But when it comes to my own art, it is so personal that the thought of
rejection is a fear that is so deep, that it's almost not even real....like
there's this hidden force that keeps me from getting out there and selling
rather than the fear in ME. I don't know if that makes any sense, and hope
that I'm not being too melodramatic. :) I know I would have been mortified
to have someone tell me my stuff it outright ugly (went through enough of
that in art school!!!) and still working on getting past that sensitivity!
Anyway, like you said....we all start somewhere, and yeah, in the beginning
we can make some pretty ugly stuff! But at the time it feels great and
we're proud of ourselves because we didn't even know we had the ability to
execute a technique...ugly or not! Shoot, even after doing it for a while I
come up with some pretty ugly stuff. But how do you think people get good?
Just like you said...by learning from past projects.
I admire the confidence and belief in self that those who post their early
works have! Not to mention selling them! So, keep it up...I always tell
myself that someday my early, icky pieces will be collectors items. LOL.
On another note...I don't believe Max was referring to anyone in particular,
he just happened to reply to a post rather than starting a new thread. And
to be honest, I think many of us have shared similar reactions to what we've
seen on ebay...just as many have at shows...."Heck, I could make that!", "I
could make that even BETTER!" and "I can't believe they get money for that!
I should be...." Well, to myself and to others saying that....put up or
shut up. People out there selling it are DOING IT!!! Are we?
Ok, enough, enough....rambling here.
Just my buck fifty worth.
> All of us have made valid points about what is constructive criticism
> and what is just plain mean. There are many things I made when I first
> started that I was very proud of, but looking back, I wouldn't want to
> show anyone.
> In learning techniques and color, what darkens during baking and
> consistency of the different clays, we MUST have less than perfect
> results or we learn nothing. If everything was a success, where is the
> incentive to learn?
> I have several canes in my s***heap that qualify for an ugly cane
> contest, but I learned something from every one of them. I have baked
> representative slices from all of them so I can look back to see what
> did or didn't work. Especially things like contrast and how something
> will look when reduced.
> Nothing is to be gained by *** or rude comments except for hurting
> others' feelings and only people who have to build their own egos by
> making someone else look small need to do this.
> Every time one of us puts something up to share, we risk our egos, and
> we have the right to be proud of what we have created. As a newbie (I
> started March 2000), I am insecure when I show something I've made
> because we have a lot of talent in our guild. They wouldn't think of
> being unkind and many times have given me confidence in what I am trying
> to do.
> There is a big difference in "that is ugly" and "This is nice, but
> maybe if you tried...". Try to put yourself in the others' place when
> you say something.
> Off of soapbox for now.
> (Clays well with others)