Don’t Let Criticism Get You Down

My heart sank when I read the email:

We’re very disappointed with the painting, it’s nothing like the quality of your other work, and we would like a refund.

This was around eight years ago, when I was still working in acrylics, and didn’t have much experience of portrait commissions.

The lady who sent the email had seen my portrait of Paul McCartney on my website.

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6 Things I’ve Learnt From Daily Painting

A few weeks ago, I was buying something from Amazon, and a book came up in my recommendations that caught my eye. It was called Daily Painting by Carol Marine, and it had a lovely tomato painting on the cover.

Daily Painting – by Carol Marine

I previewed the book on Amazon and liked the look of it, so I ordered it, and when it arrived a few days later I read it from cover to cover and instantly felt inspired to paint more often.

Since I read the book, I’ve completed thirteen paintings in three weeks, which is frankly astounding, given my previous track record of painting very sporadically.

So I thought it might be useful to share some insights from my first few weeks of daily painting:

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Snack Time

Snack Time by Dan Johnson
“Snack Time” – Oils on paper – 10×7″

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My wife and I recently spent a weekend in Betws-y-Coed, North Wales.

After a long walk through the forest to Llyn Elsi, we stopped at the Alpine Coffee Shop for some drinks and a snack.

They sell a wide range of homemade organic, fair trade, and palm oil free products, and the walls are covered in huge paintings and photos of gorillas and orangutans, in an effort to raise awareness of apes in crisis.

Sitting under the watchful gaze of all those great apes inspired me to create this small painting of an orangutan enjoying a mid-afternoon snack.

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The Distant Falcon

The Distant Falcon by Dan Johnson
“The Distant Falcon” – Oils on canvas board – 8×8″

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The “Distant Falcon”, is the same windmill – De Valk – as in my previous Leiden painting.

The reference photo for this painting was taken from the bridge that crosses the Rijnsburgersingel canal.

I’d love to buy a boat one day and cruise the canals of The Netherlands.

For now I’ll make do with looking at the painting!

Happy bidding :)