"Your colours are all wrong - they are not lorikeet colours."I admit I was a little taken aback. I think we have all gotten quite used to getting really supportive and lovely comments. We are spoiled, I know. Not every piece is wonderful, but then that isn't really the point, and among ourselves I know we always are looking more for imagination, creativity, discovery, growth, than perfection, and hope that is what our challenges bring out. So, that comment—I laughed it off and made my own comments about "artistic license" and choosing the less "wrong" piece for the final choice. Then I got a second anonymous comment.
Well, to address the comment—yes, a black and white piece would be "accepted." Anything we do in response to a challenge is accepted, because there is no concept of acceptable and unacceptable in our group. I can readily envision a very humorous explanation of why a black and white piece was inspired by the lorikeets! And just to clarify, I referred to my piece being "wrong" with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, because the corollary to the "acceptable/unacceptable" understanding is that nothing we make is right or wrong. It just is what it is."I agree with Anonymous actually and to use artistic license I'm going to do a black and white piece - do you think it would be accepted?
"But Anonymous you did actually prove a point as the artist has agreed that one piece was 'more wrong' than the other!"
So now that I have gotten that off my chest I thought it might be useful to talk a little about the nature of an art challenge. These are my thoughts and I invite the other Twelves to comment and disagree if they feel differently.
First, this project was started for the purpose of having fun. We never envisioned a book, or exhibits. Personally, I didn't even think about other people looking at what we posted. The twelve of us were here to experiment together. The other stuff, and especially other people's interest in our project, has been the frosting on an already quite tasty cake.
The only "rule" we have imposed upon ourselves was the 12" x 12" size. Art is not about rules. The point was to take the idea presented in the challenge and let our imaginations run with it. The theme is a starting point and the fun is seeing how differently, or sometimes amazingly similarly, each of us responds. I like working from a challenge theme because it gives me a starting point, but where I end up is my determination, not dictated by rules.
It is not a competition. In my opinion if the art is made for the purpose of determining who best followed the rules and solved the problem it ceases being art and becomes a game. This isn't a game.
We love your comments. And I will say that criticism is welcome—tell us what you like and what you don't like, and why, but keep it about the art. I don't think we need challenge rules imposed on us from outside. And really, folks, anonymous comments, especially rude ones, are not nice.