I’m not good with criticism. It’s often cruel and unnecessary. I'm talking about the unsolicited opinions that come from, who knows, family/friends, or random strangers. It doesn't really matter. What does matter is the effect.
For me, I get triggered. I’m human. I react. I feel hurt. I feel frustrated. I feel pissed off. All of it takes me away from my beautiful heart centred creativity.
It is very important that whatever the motivation for the unsolicited critique of your work, let it bounce off you. There is no need to take it personally, or justify yourself, or somehow appease the person.
What you do, or how you do it, may be rejected by some viewers. That is not the point. Your work is important. I keep trying to stress this in my writing. Why? Your unique view on your life and the world you live opens a window for the rest of us to consider and experience what you are. What you create could not exist without you. Your unique inspirations and just that unique. Even if you see a gazillion people painting landscapes, or flowers, or portraits, the way you do it is unique simply because you see things differently. You also use your materials differently than other people. Celebrate that uniqueness. Comparison is the killer of your creativity and completely unnecessary. It's a waste of time.... period.
In my case, I've had thousands of people - and I'm not exaggerating, react to one of my paintings. All positive, "Oh wow!", "Lovely work", "I really enjoy what you are doing, you are so talented," etc. Then there is the one that says some pretty unrealistic things. And you know the truth neither comment really matters that much. I mean, yes, the good comments are great to hear, but if that is why you are making art, then you are really susceptible to that feedback. What if the comments dry up? Do you stop making your art? Don't let yourself become dependent on other people telling you what you are doing is worthwhile.
Your finished piece of artwork is a testiment to the journey you have been on to create it. It's personal. You tackled the difficult stuff, of self doubt, uncertainty, lack of motivation, whatever, and created the piece anyway. Your art and your tenacity if really important. If you are compelled to create, then keep creating and don't let anyone dissuade you from it.
I appreciate every single day that I get the privilege of creating what I’m inspired to create. The freedom to do it my way. The responsibility to share my joy and exuberance. When many people are falling apart in despair and worry from the challenges we are facing, I get to infuse the world with a bit of peace, a bit of beauty, and a whole lot of love.
That’s what’s important.
Here is one of my recent pieces titled "Yowza" Yowza is right. I hope you enjoy it.