Monday, October 27, 2014

The Art Critic

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.


1 comment:

  1. [flashed the Spok sign: live long and prosper]

    Greetings, earthling! Can't stay long, done gotta git, Paw ...yet, if I'm a sower, we plant the Seed; if I'm an artist, we write the Word:

    I actually saw Seventh-Heaven when we died: you couldn't GET any moe curly, extravagantly-surplus-lush Upstairs when my beautifull, brilliant, bombastic girl passed-away at 17 (<--God calls U.S. home regardless).

    "Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the Heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightousness, as bright as stars for all eternity"
    -Daniel 12:3

    Here's what the prolific, exquisite GODy sed: 'the more you shall honor Me, the more I shall bless you'
    -the Infant Jesus of Prague.

    Go git'm, girl. You're incredible.
    See you Upstairs...
    I won't be joining'm in da nasty Abyss where Isis lies



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