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How much time do you spend in your own galleries, as a visitor, looking around?  The way you visit other artist's galleries.  Do you just scan the front few, maybe catch something of interest, or spend time considering the arrangement, the rhythm, the interaction with the title?  Do you take in a screen at a time and move on, or a piece at a long time, with a clean palette each time?

Anyway, bit of a sidetrack there. Thing is, do you pause on a work in your own gallery, as a visitor, looking around, and although you were the force that created it, you appreciate it for what it is?  Consider it worthy of display?

Like it?

I mean, actually like it?

I don't know why we're driven to create the best of our visions in media for others to experience, but trained to downplay them as Nothing, Just Something I Did, Crap.  Perhaps it increases the contrast between our setup and the resulting compliments, or perhaps we're cautious in case we get called out by a critical opinion. Perhaps. But if someone says, "You can come to my party if you want. It sucks," would you bother?

Be proud of your work.  I am blown away by all your creativity,
and privileged to show mine alongside it.  
And I do like my stuff - some was lucky timing, some was focused attention,
some was inspired by others, much of it was hard work
(sometimes I just swing Christmas tree lights in dark rooms... for fun)
- and I like how it turned out.  

I am inspired to do better by doing well, and better than crap can still be crap, but better than your latest best is great. "Not bad" does not mean "good".

So, visit your work. As a visitor, looking around. Step back, admire detail, re-read slowly, shhhhh and listen.

Like your work. It really helps to discover not just how good other's art is, but why it is so.

Just sayin'.

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Tetrafusion
  • Reading: the weather
  • Watching: Mel Brooks: Make A Noise
  • Drinking: Coffee


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Thanks to :iconkezmayu: for my ID. ^_^ Me happy.

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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! *__* :hug:
Rashavarak Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
^_^  Inspiring work!!!
Lithroxid Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :D ;_;
Kezmayu Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi c:
Rashavarak Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Hey, Meza!!! :hug:  Good to hear from ya!  Just wrapping up a nice quiet holiday weekend, and NOT looking forward to work tomorrow.  Hope yours was good to ya.  Happily, the days are getting longer, although it has felt more like mid-Autumn than anything else this winter.  I don't mind snow..... ^_^  Any plans for the break, or just hanging out? (I usually prefer to hang out - downtime is underrated.)
Kezmayu Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, I don't go to school til the fifth and I'm not loking forward to that, either. xD I personally hate snow, and can't wait til Spring. c: I usually just hang out alone or with loved ones. :D 
Have a great New Year! :D
Rashavarak Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Send your snow over this way (if it ever arrives) - I'll take care of it. ^_^  Enjoy the rest of break, and I hope your 2015 starts off well and gets better from there!  
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MikuChan12345 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014   Artist
Merry Christmas!!!!!! :D
Rashavarak Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
Thank you Miku!!  You too!!  ^_^
MikuChan12345 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014   Artist
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