Sometimes you need the help of friends and peers to see the potential in your own art. I had spent yesterday photographing some flowers we picked up at the farmers market last weekend. But after several hours of work, I was growing frustrated. Nothing was clicking: the flowers were not inspiring me, and the resulting photographs were feeling flat. Calling it a day, I half-heartedly posted one of the photographs to Twitter.
But when I checked in later that evening, I was surprised to find that my photograph had actually gotten more compliments and “re-tweets” than any other I have posted to Twitter:
- @shellartistree: Your work is always astonishingly beautiful
- @triciamckellar: Your “nothing great” looks fabulous to me 🙂
- @uncommon_depth: Ohhhh…. SWOON!
- @PS1968: WOW! Absolutely amazing art… amazing!
- @smido: So beautiful and delicate
Their enthusiasm not only gave me a much-needed lift, it encouraged me to re-examine the work I had been so ready to dismiss. And surprise, I actually discovered some gems hiding out amid the rubble. Being an artist can be a lonely profession. But sometimes, the small connections you make can really surprise you.