Hello all! Hope you are enjoying the group so far. I know that certain people are not. This seems like as good a time as any to mention some things I do not appreciate. If you feel that you are being treated unfairly in this community I would love to hear from you to try to be helpful or supportive. I have the best of intentions, take it or leave it. So that being said, please direct these notes to the group, and do not send me private notes containing content such as this:
"I can't believe you declined my [descirption here] piece, a favorite watercolor among [insert subgroup of] DA fans. If you're really that stuck up, then pardon me for leaving your group."
"Nice bragging that you have a degree in watercolor. Really - get over yourself - you may be good, but you're not that good."
Please don't imply that I am trying to lord anything over your head, or imply that me not liking your work as much as some of your other "artist" friends means that I am not an artist. Any reasonable person knows that makes little sense.
Please don't tell me you think I'm a bad painter. Maybe I am, but I don't think that technically has anything to do with my moderation of the group. If I pick paintings to put in the gallery that the community seems to enjoy, and I offer help to those who request it, then I believe I am serving my purpose.
Please don't call me a "loser".
Please don't use the phrase: "pull that stick out of your huge, pretentious ass." My ass might be a bit larger than average (how did you know that?) but it's very shapely, and I don't like people speaking to it that way.
And after all of that is said, please try not to write me an extremely inflamed note and then cover up with "like I give a shit at what some stuck up bitch like you thinks." Now you're contradicting yourself.
The point is that I have experience with watercolor, much less than many people, but also much more than others. The reason I mention it is not to make anybody feel bad but honestly because a formal education is expensive, and it disappoints me that so many truly creative people haven't been able to find an artistic community conducive to personal growth because they haven't bought into the ridiculously overpriced university system. I think that knowledge should be accessible to everyone who desires it, and my main goal here is to be helpful.
I also desire for this group to serve as a more sophisticated and serious venue for watercolor painters on DA. You might have noticed that other media have groups which are just as (if not more) exclusive as this one.
So if anybody feels confused about policy or generally unappreciated here, please do ask questions, but please do not use inflammatory language or insult me personally. If our problems cannot be resolved please feel free to leave the group without making a scene.
If you send me a note resembling the content above you WILL be permanently banned.
Thanks to all who took the time to read. And keep those submissions coming!