Criticism concerning my artwork can be dished up cold or hot, depending on who is serving it up. I can manage a cold critic, however, when the critic is a person who I love and supposedly loves me ( in this case my mom ) says, " I don't like your art. " I feel a strong sense of worthlessness and rejection of who I am as a person. My art is completely merged with my identity. If I have a successful day in my studio I feel euphoric and good about myself, conversely- if I have a day when the painting is turning into a colossal failure I feel depressed and down on myself. How do other artists around here feel about this stuff ? I've added a photo of me and Billy to lighten things up !