Yesterday, I was on an art supply site and, while there, I checked out the available artist videos. One by a favorite artist friend of mine had two reviews. The first one--a five star review--was glowing and positive about all the helpful aspects of this video. The other was one of the most negative reviews I've every read. The video is by an experimental water media artist, and the reviewer criticized most everything about the artist's methods of creating art. The resulting one-star review surprised me. I wondered why someone who must be a traditional artist would have ordered this video in the first place and then taken the time to be so critical.
Sometimes people appear to go out of their ways to be critical of others. If they can find a flaw, they will point it out.
That's sad. Especially now when the written word is there forever.
|"Looking at the Positive" ©Mary Montague Sikes|
Positive and negative. Smile, don't frown. Photographs of people who appear happy make me want to meet them. Photographs of bright and cheerful subjects make me happy, too.
My mother used to tell me, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."
In days of the Internet, that advice is especially meaningful when it comes to reviews of our creative work. After all, we put our hearts out there for everyone to see.
Maybe we shouldn't...What do you think?