Thoughts on Criticism
So now I'm here (wherever that is…I don't know). Today I posted a tiny little blurb on my Instagram about a critique I received on my work. I didn't expect people to react as strongly as they did, but I'm glad they did because it really made me think about a few things. First of all, I've always been nervous about what people think about my art. Art is such a personal experience for me when I'm creating it because I put so much of myself into it. My mind, feelings and spirit are on that creation in so many ways. Second, I have never been an artist for the money (because let's be honest, that would be dumb), but now that people are paying me to create drawings for them, I get even more nervous about revealing a project. Third, I would like to clarify that I am overly sensitive about anything that is said about my art, but that doesn't mean that I don't think it shouldn't ever be critiqued. Art is subjective and people can have their own opinions. Lastly, my art is RARELY critiqued. This is the first time I have ever heard a critique about my art, which is why it probably struck me as it did and stuck with me. I never went to art school and I am well aware that is something they have you do all the time is critique your own work and critique others' work. I definitely critique my own work. I have learned how to fix a lot of mistakes that I make in pieces through different shading techniques but if there is a mistake in a piece, I will be the first person to point it out to you because every time I look at the piece that is what I see. It's an artist thing. Don't get me wrong, I love creating and I will develop thicker skin, but in the mean time, I feel the need to defend and protect my work.
Thank you for listening to some artist thought's that have been weighing heavily on my mind as my work continues to pop up more and more places, I find myself getting more nervous about these things. I am thankful that you are on this journey with me and I would love to hear any thoughts you have about this post.