Art making can bring a lot of solitude. I know it does for me. I work best late at night when things are quiet and I can focus. Also, being a parent means I don't get out to chat with a lot of other artists, and likes on social media don't count as interaction. So, at times art making feels lonely.
People do tell me when they like something I have done, or maybe even purchase, but rarely do I get asked specifically about my art, or how it's going in real life. (Yes, real life is still the best way to connect people!) It seems others may have a hard time asking. Maybe it feels too personal to ask. Maybe it's something they are really clueless about and rather not talk about. Maybe art making still isn't really thought of as work, so they don't ask like they would of a regular 9-5.
Whatever the reasoning is, stop not asking! Really! Asking helps us artists to talk more about what we do. It makes us feel supported emotionally in our pursuits. It helps us to remember why the hell we do this everyday. Sometimes we need to vent about our creative struggles just like any other job struggles. It helps us figure it all out. And the best way for us to do this is talk to others about our art in real life. Ask about how it's going. Ask if we are struggling or thriving. Ask to see what we are working on. Don't worry if art isn't your thing, trust me your job or creative outlet probably isn't our thing either. For me, I want to talk to others about their work and creativity because I know what it means to do so, and maybe other artists feel the same too. Hell, maybe a lot of people in your life feel the same way no matter what they do. So start asking about it!
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Mother of paintings & children. Both bring a connection to something bigger than myself along with a feeling of I don't know what the hell I'm doing!
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