For some reason I just thought of talking about a person being an artist. I remember having a online conversation with a random friend on Friendster years ago. For those who don’t know what Friendster is, it’s a social media (maybe) before Facebook exist (not sure about that) but I think it was huge mostly in Asia and it was the same time when MySpace was around. Anyway I met a friend who is an artist, she has done a lot of painting and sketches which I admired a lot and she is a very talented artist in my opinion. Her sketches are just incredible, lively images with just a few strokes of pencil but she captured the soul of a subject very well. She’d been producing art before I started to, I’m more of an observer,I haven’t produce any art back then but I love to see other peoples work whether it’s paintings, sketches or photography. Long story short, she wasn’t sure that she was good enough just because not many people see her art, which is kinda natural y’know for an artist to think that way I guess, because you want people to acknowledge your work. Then she start to complain about some people not giving feed backs…. I really don’t know what she was looking for,to me her art was outstanding I said to her that I wish I can sketch like her and she always say that her work wasn’t good. Being humble is one thing but being a person that has lost their self confidence just because of some ‘ratings’ or judgment that some other people gave them is pretty much a sad thing. I told her to not take someone’s opinion too personal (apparently someone try to criticize her), consider it as a constructive criticism. But sadly our conversation just stopped right there… heard nothing from her since then.. pretty sad tho, she really was a great and talented artist. I hope she didn’t stop creating beautiful art..
My point here is, with all those social media out there today that can put your artwork, with just a click of a button and with a matter of seconds people around the world can see and enjoy your work, you might get nice and good feedback from others but also might get nothing at all … , but at least take this as a great tool to promote and show case your art…for free!! It doesn’t matter if your work doesn’t have enough likes or views or even comments, just keep on creating and keep up your great work. I’m sure there are few people out there that can appreciate it, at least those who have similar interest in art with you….
Having your art recognized and noticed by others sure is a great feeling, and even more great when they ask if they can buy your art ..but that’s another story…
So, I learn some lessons from my friend…wherever you are now….not to worry too much about what people think about you and your art. As long as you’re happy then everything will be fine…. That being said, I always value your opinion on my art, it’s just me being me. Keep creating good art my friends. Peace!!
You see things everyday whether it’s trees, leaves, animals, rocks, phones, wire, tower, buildings, people…. you name it, but you didn’t have the chance to take a closer look of it… the uniqueness that’s in every single thing you see. Not everyone see things the same way, people have different kind of perception depending on their mood and interest …. well that’s what I think, there’s probably more aspects, I need to do some research about it and it could be an interesting one. Anyways, I am so glad that people invented a camera that can record images that is still (photograph) or moving (videos). I will not try to discuss about all those camera and the psychology things since I’m not an expert of it but I will share photographs of what I shoot on a daily basis… things I see everyday and find it even more interesting as I look in through the view finder, trying to get a great angle and composition. As my idol photographer Ansel Adams says : “Photography as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution“. So just go out there and shoot something… with your camera!
In life there’s always ups and downs that we have to deal with, weather you like it or not. Most important thing is for us to keep moving on and never look back, if at some point you need to look back just consider it as a evaluation…..learn from your mistakes.