I’m not sure who wrote the feedback note, so I’m just going to address it to Anonymous:
Dear Anonymous Gallery Person:
I’ll start with the positive: Which you did not do, by the way, but I’m going to head towards higher ground here.
The two works that you speak of, (it would be really great if you took the time to differentiate which work you left feedback on, by the way, but I digress) are in a style that is different that what I usually do. I was working on bringing about a sense of realism into my work. Since completing those works, I have found that this isn’t my best style, and have learned what I needed from that exercise and have moved on to better things. So I understand why you think I may have been crowding too many things into one picture, this is something I purposely did to bring out the tangled and wild feeling of the nature I encountered. Perhaps my rendering of this wasn’t the best, and I’ll agree, it’s something I may not do again, or maybe I’ll do it differently next time. Perhaps I’ll use some of the stuff I learned from this work in another work. So thank you for that. It was a fresh view of that piece of art, and I’ll keep it in mind.
Regarding using paint directly from tubes: you may or may have not have watched the Jackson Pollock movie. You are probably not a big fan of his work. Ironically, I didn’t use paint directly from paint tubes. My paints are bright because I really enjoy using bold colours, I don’t like to muddy up my work with too much tonality. Perhaps, I could have softened up the colours a bit here and there. I can see some of what you describe.
“Focus on one point of interest”: This is when I really wished you would have let me know which painting you were talking about. One was titled Nightshade, and the other one was titled Wild Grapes. Perhaps I should have drawn one nightshade? Or maybe one grape? Or maybe made the main focus one cluster of grapes?
“Source of light is a little difficult to find”: Hmm… Maybe I should have made the light breaking out between the leaves brighter? You probably would have preferred to have the light shining on the grapes, instead of breaking through the leaves? I think that’s what you meant, and if so, I’ll keep that in mind. Again, it would have been great for you to let me know which work you were addressing.
“The painting technique is excellent”: Doesn’t that contradict what you wrote? What kind of technique? Use of perspective? Use of layering? Probably not the use of colour…
Ok here are the things that really bother me about this feedback of yours:
- My name is LYDIA. I really hate it when people call me Linda, because that means they are so ignorant that they don’t even bother to read someone’s name. When I worked in the retail world that would happen a lot. I’d expect it from the average person who didn’t give two hoots about who I am, but from you, I would hope that you’d at least bother to get that right.
- How about using company letterhead? A nice piece of paper? Using something that doesn’t looks like it was torn by hand at the last moment. This is really unprofessional in my opinion.
- Nowhere in the rules of grammar does one use “,.” It’s like a semicolon got drunk, fell down, and had problems getting up.
- The whole experience was like getting a tweet from Donald Trump about my art.
- Nightshade is one word. When I went to the gallery opening, my painting’s title was written out to read: “night shade” instead of being “nightshade”, someone looking at my art said, “nice painting too bad about the grammar mistake, stuff like that really turns me off.”
P.S. To the person who carefully wrapped up my art and put my correct name on the cover of each packaged painting, thank you. They need to keep you, because you seem to really care. You made this awful experience bearable.
L Y D I A Knox
Just another artist.