When I finish a painting I don't just feel accomplished. I feel giddy and artistically invincible -- for a few days. Then I begin to notice all the imperfections in my work. My artistic weaknesses nag at me, sometimes scream at me.
I'm hard on myself, and I know it.
The problem is, self-deprecation can become a bad habit. It can keep me from making art at all.
|sketch by Lacie Myers 2014|
I don't find fault in my paintings in order to get attention and have people tell me things like, "Oh don't be so hard on yourself," or "I love your art!" I do it because it's genuinely how I feel. Or part of how I feel anyway.
But, there is another side of me. A side that recognizes my strengths and wants to keep building from that place.
I want to dissect my criticism and keep the part that will make me a better artist, leaving the pity party behind.