I found out that there is an art group active near where I live. Membership is reasonable, so I joined. They have open art critiques once a month. Keeping in mind that I haven't had work critiqued since I was in art school it's been....more than 10 yrs. Nerve wracking....But I thought, it might be helpful to getting out of my art rut. I took Profusion, since its a small piece and I'm done with it so I don't actually care what anyone had to say about it.(in case no one had anything constructive to say)
I don't know if I'll keep going. It was a bunch of old white folks who are all very wealthy and do nothing in their retirement but travel and pay for art classes. One guy must have been in his eighties and he does some photography and then edits it digitally. He fell asleep at table. Another guy spent half an hour of the two hour session talking about this watercolor painting he had brought in that he had learned to do from a famous painter on the beach in Italy and how it wasn't as good as that painters work. Call me jaded but hearing about someone else's priviliges does nothing for my understanding of art or improvement.
If I do go again, I am going to have to dress nicer. I got a few disapproving looks for shredded jeans, knee high boots and my long sleeve shirt. Plus my jewelry was all from Target and not an actual Jeweler and I think they could tell.
(What can you do, that's the north side of Chicago for ya- very $$$)
But they did see everything in my work that I had wanted people to see, and they could actually talk about art some so I may give it another shot. Although there is one woman there I expect not to get along with. She hardly spoke at all but when she did it was to go on a rant about how modern art shouldn't be in museums because it isn't really art- no talent. She struck me as being very elitist, which I am not at all, so I think we will not have much in common.(she was the primary disapproving looker)
I have four more weeks until the next one, I'll see what happens in the meantime.
Where do you go for feedback on your work?