Art in the Eye of the Beholder

Art is truly a unique physiology – fascinating to me! Every person has a different view about art and can have very apposing ideas about the same art piece.

Interestingly enough I have seen this play out with my art too.  I will paint something and be very uncertain about it, sometimes even dislike it, but I will load it onto my various social media platforms and receive amazing reviews about the piece!

Today this happened again with a painting I posted as a gift for a friend on my deviantart profile.  I posted it for her as her favourite flower is an Iris.


I don’t hate this painting, but it is one of my very first ones and feels a bit amateurish to me.  But, low and behold, it received great reviews on my profile (even winning me a “Zesty Zebra” award).

Other times I post something that I am crazy about, passionate about and absolutely love – and nothing! No comments, no likes, nothing!

the wallflower

The wallflower

“The wallflower” is a great example of this.  I know this is not the best painting I have ever painted, but it is very special to me.  I put much thought, care and love into this piece plus it is a bit of a self-portrait too.

What have I learnt through this?  Don’t get caught up in other people’s opinions of your work.  It is great to hear encouraging words like: “great work”, “beautiful”, etc, but at the end of the day beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

Love the art you make! Love yourself and your unique creativity!  And ultimately that self-love with shine through in your work and touch others.




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