Critiques are interesting animals; some are big and hairy while others are small and cuddly. Like judging in an art competition, they are all dependent on the artistic paradigm of the person doing the critique. Sometimes the best critiques are the simplest ones, like when my wife Teresa walks into my studio and says, “I love it!” as opposed to, “It’s nice.” I can usually tell right then and there the painting is going to be snapped up right away, rather than sitting on a gallery wall for a while.

In the September 2012 edition of 15 Bytes, painter John Hughes discusses critiquing one’s own paintings, including his 5 + 1 recipe for critiques.