Every time a comment is posted on one of my YouTube videos, I receive an email notification in my inbox. Imagine how I felt when I opened up my email one recent morning, and found that two complete strangers had said my Abstract Painting Blindfolded Video was: “VERY UGLY” and “its ugly AF”. Hurt.
The trouble with posting a video like this is that it is taken out of context. It is a moment in time. One paragraph of the story rather than the whole book.
When I called my painting “Beautiful” I was referring to the process of painting without preconceived ideas and not being afraid to make a mark.
Many of my students are terrified of the blank canvas because they are too afraid to make a mistake. My reason for painting blindfolded was to merely encourage them and to show that there is nothing to fear.
It is one thing to paint inside your own studio behind closed doors. It is an entirely different level of vulnerability to share your work with the world. Criticism always hurts. Even from strangers.
My MO is compassion for the artist’s efforts. I’ve seen how experiences such as this can irreparably damage the desire to share our creative gifts.
Do not let criticism silence you.
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This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.