Why do we love certain artist's work? I read this note yesterday and it really resonated with me.
I'd had the question asked not long ago? "Why is everyone else selling their art but mine is not selling." Gosh, If I had the answer to that I'd be rich. My answer was: It's complicated. You are dealing with people who buy pieces based on emotions and you throw on top of that a recession or perhaps loss of jobs and there is just no telling, but I do believe everything cycles, so don't give up hope.
But seriously. What do I know? Nothing. I just care about friends and hate to see them doubt their amazing God-given talent. I also ask myself why sometimes my art work just goes POW!!!!! and other times it falls short of being good. Sometimes there are simple answers. Perhaps the symmetry is off, or the colors are not congruent with the subject matter, or you forgot a simple thing like grounding an object so it isn't floating. I do all of these and many more, I'm sure. But I'm slowly growing. I recently heard someone say "If you want to feel good about your art work post it on Facebook and you'll get all sorts of warm fuzzy feedback." That was a little tough to swallow. I had allowed myself to think my stuff really was ok rather than think people just care about my feelings.
But I do believe if people like YOU as a person and an artist they will be drawn to your work. I know for sure I've wanted to buy art pieces just because I like the person who made it and want to support them.
My courses I've taken recently have completely changed my inner voice. I'm learning to stop that negative talk in my brain. I still say things tongue-in-cheek because I'll always be a smart ass girl from Oklahoma. But my REAL inner voice is having to learn to play nice. I won't put up with that mean bitch.
One of the perks of the course is our closed groups on social media that have put me in the company of artists from around the world. It gives me goosebumps really when I think about it. My biggest supporters have been showing up from the most unexpected places. I have a Russian friend who paints beautiful things but her mind thinks such beautiful thoughts too. She really makes me want to be a better person. Here's an example of a recent post that was with an Instagram post. It's deep too... re-read this if you need to.
An idea in our mind cannot be born without penetrating through the prism of our sensations and emotions, and through the reflection of our inner state. That is the beauty of any person's creating. Whether it be paintings, poems, songs, music, or any other display of their personality. Why do we like art works of other people? Because we resonate with them sincerely we read the invisible bar code embedded and inherent in the object of admiration. We become attuned to it. We reach after the beauty we understood internally. I wish each of you, dear friends, find something for yourself so that you couldn't loose your inner state in our noisy world.
In a nutshell, I'd say she's better at answering questions than I am. If only she'd been there for my friend during her moment of self-doubt.
This made me think about the state of mind I'm often in when I'm painting. Do I hurt? Am I sad? Mad? Worried? I think it will create a block in ways we don't understand even if our art comes out technically correct and pretty.
Now, that I'm aware I'm going to do everything I can to clear my mind of clutter and get to that happy place in my head and in my heart before I ever sit down to put anything on canvas.
Today my windows are open. The birds are chirping and the wind is blowing a nice gentle spring breeze. It's the first day of spring too!!! Enjoy the moment your in! Be glad. Be grateful. And then go get 'em!!!
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest! I have a project going at all times!
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