Keep Your Artwork To Yourself

photograph by dan james
photography by dan james

If you keep trying to show your work to family members, who are never likely to understand what you make, or why you need to make it, then please, keep your artwork to yourself.

If you’ve been sharing your creations online in groups that don’t appreciate or support your creative experiments and explorations, and rarely make anything original or interesting themselves anyway, then please, keep your artwork to yourself.

If you’ve been revealing anything and everything you create, so the very best of your work is completely diluted and lost amidst an avalanche of mediocre failures, then please, keep your artwork to yourself.

Support and encouragement, as we continue to create and explore what matters to us most, can be incredibly important in our lives.

And the relationships formed in groups that do get what we do, and why we do it, can be transformative.

But if we’re always sharing with the wrong people, and sharing every last attempt we make, we don’t give those people who can and will cheer us on with abundant enthusiasm a chance.

Plus we’re not giving ourselves the opportunities to be spurred on to our greatest and most meaningful work.

So from today onwards, spare yourself a endless series of awkward conversations, negative remarks from strangers who mean nothing to you anyway, and repeated disappointments from an indifferent audience, and instead do two things –

1. Be very selective about who you share you work with.

2. Be very selective about what you share with them.

A good starting point might be to explore our artist’s community, Create, Share, Encourage (or Creshen, for short).

How could you benefit from being more discerning about where and what you share?

Come and join the conversation.


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