What if Nobody Likes my Art?

November 6, 2021

Every artist has thought this at some point. We show our work to the world, hoping that it will be accepted, even loved. We seek validation through purchases, awards or accolades. 

Gifting your artwork can also be fraught. What if the recipient shrugs her shoulders, puts it in a pile, and you never see the work again?

I want to tell you something, and I want you to listen carefully. The viewer’s reaction to your art isn’t about you. It’s not even necessarily about your art.

autumn leaves, art by lyric kinard

Remember that all is opinion
Marcus Aurelius

You are not your art. You create your work, and it might be deeply personal and meaningful, perhaps even autobiographical, but it isn’t you. When you send it out into the world you need to let it go. Set it free.

I’ll tell you what it IS about in the next post.

(Original artwork for sale HERE)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  • Reply
    Diana Shifflett
    January 22, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    From: Diana Shifflett
    To: Marcus Aurelius

    Hello, Marcus Aurelius,

    I want you to remember this message: “Your journey is not about another person’s view of your assets.” Someone else’s viewpoint on your own art is called: criticism. This will be your KEY in order to learn how to obtain their viewpoint on YOUR OWN ART or how YOU will obtain and make YOUR OWN ART enhanced for YOUR own EXPerimental values off of someone other than YOU!

    (I have just found this on this day (1/22/2023 at 11:54 p.m.) by the way.)

    I wish you the best among YOUR ARTist GOALS!


    A current emerging Virginia artist,

    ~Diana Shifflett

  • Reply
    Patti Maxwell
    November 7, 2021 at 12:22 pm


Notice: Undefined variable: consent in /home/lyricki/public_html/wp-content/themes/hawthorn/comments.php on line 49

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.