As for the others. I know my critiques are going to make me come off like a fucking prick, but i'd rather be honest in favor of sparing feelings. you're not going to get any better if you're always being misled into believing you're a good artist...because you're not. you most likely never will be, but that's no reason to quit trying to improve. gala's paintings do nothing for me, but they are better than some amateur works i've seen. The village one in particular. the bee one is bright and flashy, but that's all that is. the last two are a bit bland and forgettable. though the last one had potential; i like the tree and the clouds, but the rest of it/background doesn't work. Gala certainly has some artistic skill, but there's something missing. how do you go about choosing what you're going to paint? it's almost as if you start from an actual source and then use your imagination to fill in the blanks, but it doesn't mesh well. zyc, your portraits are horrid, my nig. If I can be so blunt. something i might have quickly sketched in the 1st grade and still had been embarrassed to show anyone else. the 3rd one with the woman wincing is probably your best one. they all look like the beginning outlines of a portrait...maybe the first hour of what would be a 10-20 hour piece. you ever tried shading? that would greatly improve those sketches.