I am so blown away by the recent Daily Deviation for my Arabian Nights Remix paper cut! What a wonderful surprise to come back to after a weekend away. I'm so delighted by the kind comments and helpful tips you people have left for me. Big, huge, fat and happy THANK YOU to all of you. Seriously.
I often hear from artists, particularly those that are in the early stages of learning their crafts, that they worry they'll never draw well enough or paint well enough or sculpt well enough. They fuss (understandably) over every criticizm. They vow to give up on contests when they don't win. And I have to tell you--your art will never be for everyone. Universal approval won't happen. There are too many different tastes in the world. And that's a good thing! You can learn more that way!
So, with that in mind, draw and paint and sculpt what you love, what you want on your wall, what you would vote for whole-heartedly. Because I submitted the Arabian Nights Remix to a local arts comepition two weeks ago and it was rejected on the spot. They wouldn't even let me enter it in the contest. People have looked at my art and looked at me and said, "And people actually BUY this stuff?"
My art isn't for everyone, but it's for me and I love it, and sometimes other people love it too. I just wanted to share that story because we all feel rejected sometimes. And days like today are just, well, wonderful.
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