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Today is late, but I wanted to wait until it was dark to take my photos today.  I was trying to see if I could do some stuff with lights and candles.

This is a composition I thought up the other day, unfortunately it hasn’t quite worked out as well as I had hoped.  Again, it is a work in progress and one that I will continue trying and mucking around with.

What I really wanted to do tonight was to try out some lighting.  I purchased a spot light globe to put in the same lamp that I used for the teacups and it is a lot more direct and I think I might have to have another go with that one as well.  Perhaps tomorrow will be a good day.

The lighting in the one above is too strong, and I should have moved the light further away.  I need to practice more with lights.  I need some more space too, will have to start re-arranging the lounge room again.

I want to talk about something else as well.  Criticism.

Someone I know has been offering me some critiques on my work, and while I don’t object to criticism, it would be nice if it was constructive.  They have said they don’t want to teach me, but  just telling me what is wrong with the work, is not constructive.  I try, and I apologise now if I don’t do this, is when I give someone’s work critique, I try to tell them what would make it better, and I also try to give positive comments as well.

When I was at art school we all had to take it in turns to hang our work on the wall and everyone would get to critique it.  It wasn’t always bad, and it wasn’t meant as an opportunity to tear a person down, it was meant to be a time to help that person, to give positive and negative feedback.  If you had negative feedback then you needed to talk about what you would do to make it better if it was yours.  Constructive criticism.

I hope we all learn to do this when we are giving people our thoughts and ideas on their work.
What is that saying, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all”.

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