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Thread: How about a 'critiques' gallery.

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    How about a 'critiques' gallery.

    I know many artists are sensitive about other people making suggestions about changes they could make to paintings - after all whose to say the artist didn't intend to imply detail, rather than explicitly paint it in...

    So, I was wondering if anyone was interested in us having a gallery specifically for getting critiques, criticisms, suggestions, hints and help on their paintings.
    That's not to say you're not allowed to critique elsewhere, but the understanding on this forum is that if you post, you do so with the intention of getting other artists to point out ways they feel you could achieve a result more closely aligned with what you intended.
    For example, I *know* I didn't intend my clouds to look like marshmallow. But unless I invite suggestions on ways to make it look more like a photograph of cumulus clouds, who is to know.
    So, if you were to post an image to the critiques gallery, you do so in the knowledge that the image may well be pulled apart, suggestions offered on ways to improve or change it. It's not an invitation for people to denigrate works or belittle artists. But it is an invitation to discuss ways to get results more closely aligned to your intentions.

    Votes for 'yay' or 'nay'?
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    I usually just say somehting like "crits welcome" or "C & C Welcome" if I want people to feel free to pull it apart. I think it might be a good thing for this group though. Sort of the equivelant of getting on the "high dive" at the local pool. Only climb the ladder if you really mean to jump. If you post to the critique gallery you can expect to get serious constructive critique and possibly paint-over examples of what the person attempting to teach intends. My $0.02
    Be well,

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    I like that idea. I know I sometimes I want give someone some ideas, but hold back for fear of offending. The thing I did with shading the fruit for someone tonight gave me anxiety before posting it!

    If there were a critique gallery, we'd know it is ok to suggest things.

    D.

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    'yea' vote

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    Ditto.

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    Yea.

    However, I think the forum descriptions will need to be made more explicit. We are already seeing some overlap, pieces posted to the community projects forum that belong in the gallery, etc. Our gallery is getting really massive, and so more specificity is definitely welcome, but like AR itself, features need to be added in a way that doesn't muddle the interface and cause confusion.

    - Gita

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    Yep,

    .... if someone advices me that my painting can be improved....thats fine with me...i would like to learn how to improve

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    However well intentioned, criticism can hurt.
    A clear Government Health Warning will be needed. Particularly for the younger members.

    Playing the age card once again, having attended many local art classes in many places, pre-permission should be clearly given before anybody alters someone else's painting.

    Some people appreciate it, even rely on it to get an acceptable sellable result, but some want to hammer their paint brush into the critics' ear!

    I realise it is only changing a copy, but folk can be very protective of their personal creative space.

    For me there is a kick from good advice, given or taken.

    I am totally in favour of having a constructive lions den.
    Luck is infatuated with the efficient.

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    Yes! It's very good idea!

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    Yes vote =)

    Besides, I dont think that in this particular forum there'll be any misunderstood well ment critique.

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