Opening up to critiques.

One of the joys of being in an art group is the opportunity to bring a piece along to an art critique.

Now I’d strongly encourage any artist to attend this type of event given the opportunity, but to go with an open mind and a thick skin.

I’ve learned a lot along the way and beginning to understanding art theory is just a small step on my art journey.


I don’t have any classical training but I’ve read some books and spent hours and hours practicing. Many of my pieces are not special but I have to say, if you enjoy creating just go ahead and do it, try it for a while and then go back and look at your earlier pieces. I promise you that you’ll see progression and development of your own style.

I just got back from a critique and opened myself up to some feedback about this piece and was delighted by what was said.

I enjoy being a part of the Manotick Art Association for this reason and many more, it’s so great to be part of a lovely supportive art community.



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Kirsty Topps

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