Grace Mendez How To Let Go Series
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Let Go of What Other People Think

Let go of what others think of your work.

My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.” ~ Anthony Hopkins

We care about what people think.

Sharing your art puts you in a vulnerable position. Many professions inherently don’t have personal vulnerability associated with their work, such as plumbers, mechanics or farmers. Are they 100% spared from negative comments? Probably not. But I’m willing to say that they do not receive anywhere near the backlash that can come from a movie, book or art review.

The subjective nature of creative endeavors can and will elicit numerous emotional opinions. As artists, we have to accept that as part of the job.Tweet: The subjective nature of creative endeavors can and will elicit numerous emotional opinions. As artists, we have to accept that.

Can you say that you love everybody else’s art work?

I mean every single piece you see? If you do, you are the exception to the rule. More likely than not, there are styles, colors, or mediums that you prefer to view or to work in. You may not like someone else’s work and yet you can appreciate the artist. This doesn’t make the work any less valuable to the person that made it.

There are people who love your work and that is fantastic. Hold those thoughts close when you share your work.

However, if sharing your work on social media or with friends and family has not been a positive experience, hold off on sharing until your confidence increases in your work.

Adopt the phrase, “So?” as in, “So what if you don’t like it. I do!”

Do you want to know a sure way to please everyone with your art? I’m sorry, but I don’t know of a way.

Concentrate on making the art that you like and if other people like it, it’s a bonus.

Grace Mendez Let Go of What Other People Think

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