I posted this on one of the groups, but I thought I might as well just ask the question here. I am mostly a realistic painter, but I did a commissioned abstract art piece a while ago and even though my client  was very happy, I got some really negative responces on FB from other artists, so although I really enjoyed it (especially as a "head cleaner") I just stopped...if it has no value there is no use for me to continue with abstract work.  My husband is not an abstract fan, so I won't be hanging it on my walls and if it has no selling value whatsoever, I will just end up with stacks of paintings in my studio. Could I please get an honest responce on the work I am  adding? I would like to end up combining abstract with realism, but I am very unsure of myself about the abstract bit. Thanks! E

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Comment by Jess on April 8, 2015 at 3:26am

Elmarie, I love them both!! I do some abstracts from time to time because they are so much fun, and sometimes you need a light project after a heavy one, so my answer is yes I love them, but really as long as you love doing them why not do one from time to time, I can't see why they won't sell. Facebook is so bogged down with negativity so pay no attention to them. And I love the idea of combining abstract and realism, quite a few artists do this, and I think the top painting - I think you named it seascape, does this really well. All the best

Comment by Lyn Sierra on April 8, 2015 at 4:16am

I LOVE YOUR WORK!  Just enjoy what you do, because I do.  Have a lot of fun.  We are already a self-critique, we do not need anymore.  Art begets Art.

Comment by Elmarie Smit on April 8, 2015 at 5:23am
Thanks Jess and Lyn for your comments. The seascape was a commission and the other one just out of my head. FB really is a terribly negative space, but I stayed there for years because that was where I was marketing my work...I have found other platforms to do that now and the only thing I did miss was interaction with other artists...which is what I found here.:)
Comment by SUSAN CHARLES on April 8, 2015 at 8:37am
I think your work is amazing! Don't let anyone make you feel less than what you really are! Keep up the good work
Comment by Elmarie Smit on April 8, 2015 at 9:04am

Thanks Susan. I really appreciate the feedback. I loved doing it. It's a completely different way of thinking...thinking without thinking...he he he...I am sure the abstract artists out there have a better description than that, but that's how it felt when I started out with abstracts...a complete mind-set change.

Comment by Kink Jarfold on April 11, 2015 at 11:21pm

There is no bad art only bad judgment.  Take from your art the joy you feel creating it and ignore the naysayers.  I no longer participate in Facebook for the same reason you got negative feedback.  It's easier to say nothing than take the low road and dig that knuckle into one's ego.  Both your posted pieces evoke a positive emotional response from me. That said, you did your job. I paint what I like.  Damn the negative criticism, full  canvas ahead!

Comment by Kat on April 12, 2015 at 1:27pm

Well Said Kink!

Comment by Elmarie Smit on April 12, 2015 at 4:40pm
Thanks for that one Kink! It's true. Everybody doesn't have to like every type of art either...there are styles/genre's that I don't particularly enjoy either, but that doesn't make it bad...I just don't like it. Within every area of life skills need to be acquired which takes time and perseverance. Shooting someone down ( especially artists with their slightly thin skins) usually/often causes such discouragement that they just quit. Sad really..I wonder how many brilliant artists have been lost in the process.
Comment by R L Oliver on May 7, 2015 at 2:37pm

If you think about your art as making that which is unknown known, then it is a matter of asking yourself what you want revealed by your work.  Actually, I think some things are better left unknown but sure it´s a matter of taste and preference.  I think your second work is simply outstanding. Also, I agree with mixing representational art with abstract.  It seems to me that representational is dying as the camera does such a better and so much more quickly, but combining the two sounds like a solution to this dilemma.

Comment by Putcha V. Narasimham on July 1, 2015 at 10:47pm


I thought of saying some thing and I found that many of the people above have already said the same.

I do not know if there is anything "professionally superior and well-reasoned about assessment of modern / Abstract art!

Some abstract paintings are enchanting to me and they are also considered great by other expert artists. However, I find many paintings appreciated by great artists and critics do not appeal to me at all.   

So, keep going as long as you are pleased about what you are doing.  


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