rather than take a moment to go ‘woe is me, art is hard’
instead I’d just like to remind everyone who follows me because my art inspires them or impresses them or, on occasion, makes them feel less than by comparison
that those feelings are healthy in their own way and we need them to improve.
And that right now, I’m going through a headspace that almost every artist out there occupies once in a while, where I’m not happy with what I’m producing and have artistic goals I’d like to meet, but aren’t sure how to.
And that it doesn’t matter how good you get, you’ll always feel like this sometimes.
And that’s good.
That means you’ll keep improving. ‘Stay hungry’ as they say.
It could help you to remember that one shouldn’t strive for completeness because it’s not obtainable, and that the greats we admire are never, and have never been complete. That in exchange for wanting more, we are given the energy to grow, and that without it, we stagnate and inspire no-one.
And that you, as an artist, as someone who shares on this site, are inspiring someone. You are likely inspiring MANY someones, and they are very happy to see what you produce, regardless of how you feel about it personally.
And being dissatisfied with your art and being an inspiration are not mutually exclusive.
Continue to explore ways to improve, keep trying new things, and keep producing work that makes others smile and think and inspire them to work on themselves. Honestly, that really goes without saying because you will make yourself do this without anyone telling you to. That’s the great thing about that horrible incompleteness we experience. Instead, what I should ask you, is to remember that it’s a good thing. It’s a pain we need. And that you’re not alone, many understand, and many want to help you continue on your journey as an artist
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