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Share Your Art
There is so much great art out in the world that people will never be able to see. Why? One of the reasons is that most artists do not think their art is good enough to share. Some artists fear being rejected or critiqued.
Are you one of those artists?
Would you like to have people see your art but are afraid of what might be said?
If you have a passion for creating art, share your art.
I want to share with you some things that might help you overcome those feelings. I hope that at the end of this article you will start sharing your talent.
The Inner Child
Watch a toddler throughout a day. They have no fear. They love to draw, sing, dance and play. They are not afraid of trying something new. They are always excited to share their performance with anyone that will give them the time.
Why? Why can a toddler be secure enough to share what they do when adults get anxiety just talking in front of people? I believe that it is because they have not been judged at this point. Once a child goes to school, they start receiving feedback on their performance.
I do not believe that anyone enjoys being told that their performance is below expectations. This is when I find that people start becoming hesitant in sharing things that are close to their heart. If they feel secure about something that they believe in it is only natural that they would want to protect their beliefs.
Let’s go over an example of two children in art class. This is going to be an exaggerated story, but I am just trying to share my point.
One child hands in his artwork and gets rewarded. His picture is hanging in the front of the classroom. The other child has his artwork handed back to him with “needs improvement”, written in red ink.
I don’t know how this is done now a days but when I was in school that is how it was done. As adults, we now know that this is part of the learning curve and is necessary. On the other hand, a child is looking for acceptance and does not understand that this is to help them learn and grow.
At this point, one child is filled with joy while the other is motivated to receive acceptance for his/her work on the next project. The next project was handed in. Both children are excited to receive their grades. The child that had his first project hung on the wall now has two hanging in the front of the classroom for everyone to see. The other child received his work with “good improvement but still needs work”, written on it. This child now feels that he/she is not as good as the other child.
After years of this, you can understand why a person would not want to share their artwork or anything that is close to their heart to anyone.
Everyone has an opinion
How many flavors of ice cream are available for purchase? How many Italian restaurants are in your area? How many different styles of music are available to listen to?
Everyone has an opinion on what they like. That is what makes the world go around. We are all unique and different. Does that make someone better than someone else? I believe it does not. When an individual can feel secure about their opinions and accept that others have an opinion is when they can start to share who they are as an individual.
Does it make a person better than another if they like vanilla ice cream instead of chocolate?
Do you like one artist’s style over a different artist?
It is an opinion. That is all that it is. When you look at a piece of art, and it touches you, it does not matter what others say. All that matters is the feeling that it gives you.
By sharing your art, you will be touching someone just like an artist has touched you. Understanding not everyone in the world will become a fan is more than understandable.
You are creating art because it is a part of you. It is a form of communicating feelings you have inside. Some people will appreciate what you have to say. Give them a chance to enjoy your work.
Who can be a Judge?
Unless your art is in competition, there are no judges. No one can say that your work is good or bad. They can have an OPINION if they like it or not. Some people feel the need to give their opinions to others. Why? Why can’t they just except that they like it, and it is acceptable if someone feels different? Maybe it is a sense of insecurity.
Accepting that there are no judges is when you will start to feel comfortable sharing your art. There are only opinions.
Constructive criticism is a tool that will enhance your skill level. When you are asking advice make sure that they are qualified (such as a teacher, professor or an artist that has skills that you have not learned yet), to give you the advice to help you grow as an artist. Learn from them.
Do not ask for constructive criticism if you are only looking for the individual’s acceptance of your art. You can ask for their opinion, or you can ask them to teach you.
To sum it up
There are no judges, only opinions. Accept that people have different tastes than you do. Accept that person will see things different than you. Accept that there are people that will enjoy your artistic voice. Accept that constructive criticism is a tool to help you grow as an artist and an individual. Accept that you are just like them. You have an opinion. You are not a judge.
I hope that this helps you to start sharing your art. Someone is waiting to see what you have to say. The only way they can see it is if you share your art.
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