Artists Who Worry About Audience Approval Will Never Be Successful

To thine own self be true! Hallowed words.

Am I chasing validation or am I truly creating?

Am I pleasing you or am I pleasing my inner soul…my creative vision?

“Do you like it?” A phrase I must never utter or think. I will never be free to create living in that mindset.

My newest paintings are abstract. Not what I usually paint. The comments can be harsh. “What does that mean?” “I like your other work better “.

But I can’t worry about what others think. After all I am an artist!

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL COME OUT

I have experienced something different about how I am painting. I never know what is going to appear on the canvas. I used to be very determined when I sat down to paint. The vision appeared in my mind instantly and I went to work in a fury finishing each painting in 2-3 hours.

I don’t know what happened to my brain but I actually am more cautious when I paint. I am in slo-mo mode. I have no vision. I am not inspired. But I have to work to keep up and improve my skills. So this painting began on Wednesday. Still working on it.

However, I noticed that the style is not my usual style. People always say my work looks like Van Gogh. This painting reminds me of Henri Rousseau! And I’m not a fan of Rousseau. Go figure. It’s still a work in progress. Who knows what will happen. Kind of fun.

Here’s me and Rousseau.