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It’s a Crap Shoot!

I think that should become my mantra!  I am constantly amazed at how my work is received both by judges and teachers.  If I put a piece out there enough, I usually get both extremely positive and extremely negative feedback on that same piece.  Regardless of their training or expertise, I never find anything near consistent in the evaluations I get.  That is why I say it is a crap shoot! How can a piece be wonderful and win 5 awards and then be so awful as to demonstrate that I have no idea what I am doing? Tell me how this is possible!

So, I have come to the conclusion that I do know what I am doing.  People may like my work or not.  What is important is the work.  I just can’t worry about what anyone else thinks. I just have to do the work.

I do believe that critiques are valuable, but I have received some of the most inane critiques. Things that just don’t make any sense and indicate to me that the judge doesn’t know what he is talking about.  Or that he doesn’t understand the medium I am using or something.

Not everything I do is good. That’s not the point! I know that I have lots and lots of growing and improving to do!  But please, make sense when you critique the work. I need constructive insights! And from some of the things I have read, I don’t think most judges base their evaluations on principles of design.  I hear way too much personal opinion!

I will continue to enter shows and competitions, but my mind set is very different than when I started out on this journey. The bottom line for me is the work itself.  I don’t just want to do it, I need to do it. And in the process, I strive for growth and improvement. I want to be the best that I can be at any given time. And have fun in the process!

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