I’ve always felt that critique is a kind of gift, perhaps the best gift I could receive as an artist. Especially now that I’m home alone, making my own work, and I’m like “Ahhhhh! There are too many colors on this canvas, and they look terrible together!” I could really use an extra set of eyes on my work.
That’s why I think one of the best things that you can do as an artist is to fine one other artist, one other art friend, anywhere in the world: online, in town, whatever. That you can share your work with on a regular basis, so you can get some feedback. I met my artist buddy my senior year in college. He’s the exact opposite of me. He’s a really messy painter, while I’m really clean. He’s really spontaneous, while I’m very planned out. But I’ve found that that’s really, really worked for me. We share our work with each other, probably once a week.
There’s a quote that goes something like “it’s better to make friends with people that disagree with you,” and I’ve found as far as my artistic development goes, it’s been really useful to have that kind of friend.