Never too late for a compliment.

“Are you the artist who was in the Waste Not, Want Not exhibit at Olive Hyde?
Your work consisted of plastic bags, toilet paper and receipts? I should
have written you sooner but that show really left an impression on me.”

tri city voice article imageImage from Tri-City Voice Archives (My work is the second image on the left hand side)  Read the full article HERE.

Leah wrote me a nice email about a week or so ago.  It was so great to get a random note from someone telling me they are thinking about my art.  An artist’s dream!  Ask any artist what they want to do with their work and generally speaking the answers are usually, inspire others to create, provide beauty to the world, or show that beauty exists in unlikely spaces, or send a very specific message to a viewer.  There are other reasons to create art and they are all valid.

I became an artist because of the feeling I got when I walked into a museum for the first time.  I thought to myself, if I could make just one person feel the way I feel right now with the work I make I will consider myself a successful artist.

It feels good when your work is well received.

Looking back it is kind of funny because I also received the worst comment to date at that very same show.  Someone told me that my prices were too high and that it diluted the message I was trying to send with my work.

As you can see all responses to an artists work are kept somewhere in their mind forever.

So, comment away folks.  Artists are bred for critiques.  We have to accept them.  The good ones feel so good and the “bad” ones feel really crappy for a while, but we always learn something from them.

Thanks Leah.

Check out what Leah’s currently working on by visiting her blog.

One Reply to “Never too late for a compliment.”

  1. Ahhh Lauren, thanks so much for the mention! You remind me how important it is to say what’s on one’s mind and the value of appreciation. I am excited to be connected with you. I love the idea of a collaboration. I haven’t done a lot of that but it does sound intriguing.

    Comments from other people are interesting. I’m reminded that people’s comments tend to be more about themselves than the person they are directing the comment to.

    I value people’s comments/critique in that it gives me new eyes. It helps me see in a way that I might not. Although, it generally does tend to influence me, which isn’t always a bad thing…just something I notice.

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