Critics aren’t trying to hurt and they aren’t trying to help. They’re trying to impress.
There’s always that little bit of visual bias living inside you and making mischief, usually at the most inconvenient time. It’s important to know it’s there, embrace it, and then learn the tricks to override it.
The less time spent dwelling on a work in progress the more emotionally detached you become and the internal and external critics lose their power.
The ego is a semi-opaque screen that interferes with a painter’s vision.
Tale the attention off yourself. And the outcome.
Artists are a particularly worrisome bunch. We worry about everything,”Is my work good enough, will it be seen and appreciated, am I making any progress, will lesser talents get more recognition, can I ever measure up to the great masters?”
“Internal pressure to sell each piece can easily put the kibosh on experimentation…”
Pablo Picasso Artists can get way too serious. Though I don’t always practice what I preach, I’m always telling my students to lighten up, with the reminder,”People; It’s just a painting! You’re not on trial.” If that doesn’t work then I’ll belt out a bit of opera in my flat voice just to make them laugh. Richard Serra, arguably one of the most serious artists […]