None of the artist showcased in my newsletter want to appear sleazy or self-promotional. And there certainly is a line between healthy promotion and spammy marketing. If I ever fall into this category, I want you to throw something at me and tell me to stop. Don't worry about hurting my feelings...my little ego has developed a callous to the unwarranted critique of my work...but it took a long time to grow that callous. Some artists find it extremely difficult to put their work on public display. It is difficult to understand why someone who is creating something that can only be appreciated visually may have great trepidation about sharing it with the world - this should a no brainer, right? Well its complicated. It has to do with trust, ego, fear of being judged, and failure. Not necessarily in that order. Most of us have that little voice in our heads that shouts
"Stop showing off, its not polite!"
We were taught from a very early age this is not appropriate behavior.
In 1872, the French novelist George Sand wrote that the artist has a “duty to find an adequate expression to convey it to as many souls as possible.” To put it more succinctly: Art needs an audience. A good artist serves the audience. A bad artist exploits it.
Steve Jobs famously quipped that people don’t know what they want until you show it to them. That’s the voice of an artist talking. Creative people have a sensitivity for what people need even before they realize it, and this isn’t pandering — it’s empathizing. And it's empowering.
Art isn't really anything unless it is shared. All of the artists sharing their art in my newsletter would appreciate the sharing of the newsletter with your family and friends and by visiting them on their websites.
Are any on you are interested in showing some of your art in my newsletter? You can checkout a couple of past issues that are posted on my site. Look for the "newsletter" tab.
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