I've lived for decades with a man whose background is scientific, and every time I get excited about a painting I'm working on, I ask him what he thinks of it. I WILL NEVER LEARN. Inevitably, he shrugs off some kind of comment like, "I dunno, it just doesn't interest me." What I want to hear— what all of us artist spouses want to hear— is some variation of: "Honey, it's amazing! You are so talented!"
I had high hopes for entering this painting in an upcoming competition, but now I'm wondering if the magic I see in it is solely in my own head. One of my other art friends called it "Fabulous!" but maybe she was just being polite.