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?
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.
Listening to: Tetrafusion
Reading: the weather
Watching: Mel Brooks: Make A Noise