Considering how busy you must be, I don't expect you to reply to this but I hope you at least see it :) I just want to let you know that your art has really inspired me to start painting again after years of ignoring my creative itch. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world Kate, I absolutely adore you and your work!
This is the sweetest thing, I’m so happy for you, thank you for telling me this, you are just so lovely. Have a great day, wherever you are in the world right now!
Hello dear, I've recently started to show my art to people outside of my friendship & family group and received my first sort of, well pretty negative comment. Does this get worse as your art becomes more seen and popular? And how does one deal with it? :(
Hello there! Well done for getting your art out there, I know it’s kinda scary because it’s a personal thing that you’ve worked hard on, and if you’re anything like me, any kind of rejection or criticism is off-putting and even hurtful, but try not to let it knock your confidence! In terms of ‘dealing’ with it, first know the difference between constructive criticism (which is often very valuable) and blatant insults. For example if you drew a portrait and someone said ‘the left eye is wonky’ or something like that then although it’s not really offering you anything in terms of actual help, it can make you more aware and careful in future drawings. It sometimes stings to read things like that but they’ll help you improve in the long run. People have criticised my drawings for being ‘too pretty’, and because of that I am more aware of the difference between fine art and illustration, which is a good thing for me to keep in mind. However, if someone else simply said ‘that’s shit’ then it’s a different matter altogether; that’s not art criticism, it’s just rude and unnecessary. Comments like that which are just plain rude aren’t relevant to anything you do, they just deserve a big middle finger, most of the time they aren’t even worth responding to at all. Take the valuable/reasonable comments on board but don’t let it drive you away from your ideas, keep the comments in the back of your mind, it’s fine for others to influence you but don’t allow them to make you feel bad about what you do. Anyway, the larger your ‘audience’ is, the more likely it is that you’re going to have people who respond negatively, but it works the other way round - the more people who see your work the larger the potential is for positive feedback! Good luck in the future dear
You are still here, you are still happy You are still smiling and laughing You are still the only thing and everything I need in my life When I am sad, oh god I am sad but when I’m happy, I am happy and there’s just no place in-between for us to meet
Here is a random/happy/upbeat/lovely/dreamy playlist I made recently, it makes me feel really good and alive:
Mychael Danna/DeVotchKa - And The Winner Is Yann Tiersen - Another Shore Sigur Rós - Inní mér syngur vitleysingur Ride - Vapour Trail Slowdive - Ballad of Sister Sue Pixies - Gouge Away Pity Sex - Wind-up Pity Sex - Flower Girl Modern Baseball - Re-done Hop Along - Some Grace Dads - Life, Oh Life The Shins - New Slang The Cure - Doing the Unstuck Tera Melos - Kelley Jonsi - Go Do St. Vincent - Now Now Joanna Newsom - Bridges and Balloons Bon Iver - Flume Apparat/Soap&Skin - Goodbye Modest Mouse - Styrofoam Boots/ It’s All Nice On Ice, Alright
Hey, lovely! I'd like to ask you if there was an artist who inspired you to create your exam piece for AS art-textiles? I've done a piece of work, using a similar technique, and I need to refer to an artist (A-level art criteria, ugh). Your help would be greatly appreciated! c:
Maurizio Anzeri, Shaun Kardinal, Annegret Soltau, Mana Morimoto, Julie Cockburn, Melissa Zexter, Ana Teresa Barboza - hope this helps!
Which do you think pays off more in art, natural talent or hard work?
Hard work, definitely! If you have a natural talent for something then sure it propels you forward and makes things easier but I think it all rests on good hard work and persistence. Someone can be really talented at art but not be motivated enough to use those skills and therefore not be as successful as someone who isn’t as naturally ‘gifted’ but gives it their all. Hard work all the way!
“I am sorry for filling you with beer and bad thoughts and then asking you why you shook. I am sorry for pinching you, for hitting you, for bruising the thin-skinned parts of you. I am sorry for the names I called you when we were fighting. You are not ugly. You are not useless. You would not be better off gone. I’m sorry for almost throwing you out into the street because my sadness was too much for me. I’m sorry for carving my fingernails into your thigh and then resenting the way people asked, “How’d that happen?” I’m sorry for plucking you and knicking your calves with drugstore razors. I’m sorry I let some people see you in the moonlight. They didn’t deserve to know the color of your hips like I do. I’m sorry for leaving you convulsing over a toilet bowl over some boy. I’m sorry I did not thank you for simply trying to take me where I wanted to go. I’m sorry I screamed at you to shrink, shrink, shrink when all you could do was grow. I’m sorry that this apology is ten years too late. I’m sorry that it will probably come again. I’m sorry that I do not treat anybody else as poorly as I have treated you. I’m sorry that I am constantly learning how to love you, when you have never once doubted how you feel about me. I’m sorry.”—An Apology to My Body | Lora Mathis