A few years ago my brother and I were talking about his blog and he commented on how much our egos are tied into the feedback we get on our work, how many comments we receive, how may hits to our site and that resonated with me this week as I dealt with comments or lack thereof on my pieces now hanging in the art gallery in our new library building.
At church on Sunday it was announced by name, that several members had work hanging in the exhibit but my name was left out. I was in the gallery space yesterday and was chatting with a local "professional" artist about her piece hanging there, I am a big fan of her work, but as she walked around, she walked right past my pieces without comment. When I pointed out those were my pieces she went back and her comment was "oh, you used allot of scrapbooking stuff".
These comments or lack there of have been sitting on my heart all week, until I took the time to analyse how I was feeling and how much I was letting my ego affect my feelings. For one, art is a very subjective thing, we have definite likes and dislikes, but I would never snub another artist because I happen not to be a fan of their work. I realize that I do actually get more positive than negative comments on my work. My family and friends are my "fans", my work gives me great peace and joy to create, I am constantly growing and evolving as an artist and that is a good thing.
So all that being said, as I was driving home from errands yesterday I started to smile, I DON'T need their approval, I just need mine. I don't need to continue to think about how others will see my piece when it is completed, if I am happy with it, that is all that counts.
So here are my beloved snow angels as they hang on display.
17 sleeps until our Chilean vacation!! Woohoo!!!!