Having settled into Richard's wonderful site; may I make a suggestion? As many on this site are here to begin their path as an artist, perhaps those of us that have started to walk that path, could ENCOURAGE others, by not just viewing all the wonderful art to be seen, but to make a COMMENT of encouragement on their artwork.
I would hope that comments are tactful and helpful. I'm sure a "Thank you" in return, would at least let people know you have received their comment.
On a more personal note, I would encourage all, to add information about their work - size, medium and support would be a great start. Any added history would be an added bonus.
If you agree with this suggestion - I would encourage you to cut and paste, or write your own version to your friends; spreading the word of encouragement.
There is nothing worse than trying to do your best and being scared to put it out there. I'm sure we all like to hear some words of encouragement about our art.