I've become much less guarded of my techniques. I've also learned to chill out, and come to enjoy letting people watch me while I work. I think to myself, "I'm doing something that I love. Why the hell then, should I be so god damn pissed off?"
The only thing that irks me is when people ask me how I do things, just for the hell of it, with no real intention to learn in the first place. And of course, every time, I still go in real deep, because there have been many occasions where I actually motivated people to go out there and buy some supplies (very, very pleasant surprises). Just sucks when people don't give a shit, you know, and worse, pretend that they do.
Oh, same here. What REALLY gets me are the ones who watch and then say something like "I just don't have the patience to sit down and do that (painting)", implying that if they DID have the patience, they could. The old "if I can't do it, I'll devalue it" routine. Not a wise thing to do to a person has put their entire life into their work. Last time that happened i really unloaded on the guy. Not proud of losing my temper, but I'm guessing he will be a bit more tactful in the future.