“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.'” -Vincent Van Gogh
Sometimes we get so preoccupied with establishing our business or increasing its visibility that we lose sight of why we began painting in the first place.
Yes, a successful business, praise, and professional accolades are all good and well, but were those truly what got you excited to wake up in the morning and paint? Or to come home after a long day and hit the studio?
My guess? Absolutely not. 🚫
You did it because you love how it makes you feel. That feeling when you get lost in the flow, when you accomplish something greater than you thought possible, when you pour your heart and soul onto canvas and begin healing from the day's trials.
THAT, my friend, is why you paint.
So, where do we go wrong that causes us to forget these roots?
We stop trying to tap into our viewer's hearts by making our own more vulnerable. We listen to all of the world's views of success. But, you should remember something.
Remember the first "review" when you touched someone's heart. Did it make you feel the same as 5-stars or an award?
Probably not. It was probably better than those reviews even have the hope of achieving.
The reason is you understand what went into the painting, and the viewer understands that too. You have connected on an intimate, emotional level, and they are going to rave about your artwork for a long time just because of that one time.
The even funnier thing about it? The road to the world's perception of success is actually easier to achieve when you focus on touching hearts rather than just making art.
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using the Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.
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