Greetings Good People!
I hope this blog entry finds you doing well.
I thought I would share some of what I’ve discovered through my journeys and experiences. It’s meant to be informational and not tell you how to do things or any kind of endorsement on how to do things. View this as a sharing of information.
What is the hardest lesson I had to learn as an artist? If I don’t mix skill or technique with lesson, this is an easy question to answer. The hardest lesson is that not everyone is going to like what you do. Whether it’s visual art, performance art, musical art or literature art, not everyone is going to like it, or you. The sooner you get over that one, the easier it will be for you.
It will be difficult when it comes to family, friends, loved ones, but if they don’t like what you do, better they be honest and up-front with you than lying to make you feel good. Just because they don’t like what you create doesn’t mean they don’t like you, care about you or are not supportive. What it does mean is either they are not much into art, or they don’t like the style you work in. Big whoop-dee-do. It doesn’t mean your world will end or anything as melodramatic as that. It means that person’s taste in art is different than yours. You’ll find that to be true in many other areas.
What you must decide is how to go forward from there. The friends and family I have that are not into my style(s) of art still ask how business is going. We talk about other styles of art or other things we share interest in. But I don’t let the fact that they don’t like my work to interfere in our relationship.
I got over it. How? I accepted the fact that not everyone will like everything I do or create. It’s as simple as that.
Have a good one!