A couple of evenings ago I invited the owner of Gallery 47 to dinner and to look at my "new" oil paintings - mostly what I did last winter. I was pretty encouraged by his review.
He said they were much better than what he was expecting (which makes me wonder !) He gave me very valuable critique, which we discussed for a while. He said that he could immediately see that I am in transition from one medium to another, probably watercolor, yes? Wow, I thought, he has a good eye.
He told me to do another batch and have him come look again. "If you can create more depth, your paintings will be magnificent," he encouraged. "You are already genius with design and composition. Just keep practicing with the new medium."
I thought that was a pretty good review and inspires me to push on.