If you're lucky, however, they will be thoughtful and intelligent people who will be both honest and not unduly harsh if they find something to criticize.
This was my experience last week with D & S, the long-time friends who purchased "Prairie Autumn". In going through the selection of miniatures I'd brought simply to show them what I'd been doing, S came upon "Ski-doo Tracks Under the Arch" and said, "This one I don't understand". While D took him to task for this and called upon me to give him the name of the piece so he'd 'get it'...deep inside I knew that unwittingly, S had hit upon 'the rub' -- the problem I'd been having with this piece, the sense it wouldn't go over or appeal to a viewing audience. He affirmed what I already suspected: something had to be done with that piece.
With nowhere to go, I had to either add to it or consign it to the waste-basket.
For some time before S made his comment, I'd been thinking about adding actual snow-mobiles to the piece, but I had very little confidence in my ability to do so. I thought about it, mulled it over, said a little prayer...and went for a jog. That was yesterday afternoon. Lo and behold, for the first time in weeks, as I came 'round the corner to the field that was the inspiration for that piece, there were young people on a snowmobile riding the field!
When I got home I made some sketches, and today I took the plunge. Asking myself, "What have you got to lose? A little fabric and some time...?", I turned this:
|Ski-doo Tracks Under the Arch
|Snowmobiles Under the Arch
And here's a wee detail, accomplished with Pitt Pen (R), embroidery floss and beads:
|Snowmobiles Under the Arch (C) 2013
Now isn't that more fun?