And that's what I did this weekend. Did a fifteen minute quicky of my woods as seen through my window. The fall colors in sunlight caught my eye--they were so different from the photo I took in the morning, (left side bar). Did finishing touches on Kelly and signed off--the wine glass switch took care of the erasure glitch. JR was another failure even with charcoal. I think I've got the shape of his face--and some nice guy's eyes, but they're not my guy's. I totally ignored the mouth for now. It's time to do a grid study. My subject did call to tell me what he thought about yesterday's post and it wasn't flattering. He was right of course, but would he like any drawing I did of him if he doesn't like any of the photographs he's in? No. Then I read a little more of Huge MacLeod's book Ignore Everybody.
As luck would have it, I came across a chapter that pertains to what anybody else, (an audience), thinks of your artwork. The importance or non importance of an audience for an artist's work has been a discussion I've been following another blog based upon the thoughts of another author/artist. Mr. MacLeod's opinions are more to my liking. Public opinion should not shape an artist's work. What do you think?
Frankly, I think you're better off doing something on the assumption that you will not be rewarded for it, that it will not receive the recognition it deserves, that it will not be worth the time and effort invested in it.
The obvious advantage to this angle is, of course, if anything good comes of it, then it's an added bonus.
The second, more subtle and profound advantage is that by scuppering all hope of worldly and social betterment from the creative act, you are finally left with only one question to answer: Do you make this damn thing exist or not?
And once you answer that truthfully for yourself, the rest is easy."