Well, I looked at YOUR work.
Thank you so much for your critique; I'm really blown away by what you've accomplished. The piece depicting your husband's grandmother is amazing, just amazing. But I really loved your work in general, not just that piece in particular.
I'm aspiring to get some of that heightened graphic quality out of my work and move into a greater sense of realism, which you've certainly achieved wonderfully yourself. I understand that more emphasis on shadows/molding/perspective will help me in this regard, and I welcome all suggestions about how to drive the flat and/or cartoonish aspect out of my work, which I frankly dislike. It's all a growth process, though, as it was for me in writing, so I trust that it will come! When I took my first poetry class, my work was almost awe-inspiringly terrible, if I can express it that way. I kept at it, though, and my first book (The Carrington Monologues) was nominated for the Pulitzer (yes; I'm proud of that--I hope not unduly, though!). Anyway, I believe a lot in the power of tenacity, and you and Tommy are certainly terrific role models in this regard. Thank you for your generosity!
This is really a terrific site, and I've missed it a lot. The opportunity to exchange critiques with such accomplished artists is very exciting.
So thank you, Chisaii and Tommy, and every one else for your insights. You're most inspiring company.