Monday, January 30, 2012

Art Quotes- Seth Godin on the fear of criticism

"Constructive criticism, of course, is a terrific tool. If a critic tells you, "I don't like it" or "This is disappointing," he's done no good at all. In fact, quite the opposite is true. He's used his power to injure without giving you any information to help you do better next time. Worse, he hasn't given those listening any data with which to make a thoughtful decision on their own. Not only that, but by refusing to reveal the basis for his criticism, he's being a coward, because there's no way to challenge his opinion."
Seth Godin, Tribes p.47

6 comments:

Carole said...

So true! Sorry about your popcorn on your post. Love the markings though!

Margaret Ryall said...

Wise words indeed. I feel it is the dialogue about one's work that actually makes the difference. It's good or it's bad doesn't help in the least.

Lisa Graham Art said...

This is such a good point. Thank you for sharing it.

Tracy said...

Much food for thought. I'm inclined to go along with what Margaret said above, about how what matters the most is the experience the artist has with his/her own work, as well as that of the viewer of the art. Each person will experience a work differently. Categories like "good" or "bad" don't really help the process much, I don't think. Happy Day, Shayla. I enjoy your art quote series! ((HUGS))

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thanks, Shayla, I think Seth Godin has many things to say that are valid and worth considering...

DJ said...

I liked this so much, I just snatched it for a discussion thread on CCS. And I linked it to your blog, of course! :-)
Thanks & Hugs,
DJ