June 13, 2019

How to deal with negative feedback




Most days I welcome feedback of my work. I can take a subjective opinion or a well thought out critique, even if I disagree, even from people who don't know that much about it.

But some days are difficult. There are moments when I feel especially vulnerable, and am overly sensitive and susceptive to the smallest criticism or critique. 

Recently I heard just the tiniest negative comment about my paintings and it threw me. I went to the studio and mentally applied that one comment to everything I was working on. I was more annoyed at myself for letting it affect me than the comment itself which was inconsequential at best. 

Sometimes it's good to take a step back and remember who we are and why we're doing what we're doing. I keep a journal in my studio specifically to jot down thoughts that I'm having a hard time articulating. Here's what I wrote: 

Fuck it! No one's here but me- my spirit- my soul- my body- my mind- God within me. We're working today and fuck everything else



2 comments:

Hot Buttered Media said...

Such good points. Negative feedback can be such a challenge. I used to totally lose it. Now I totally lose it...but for shorter periods...ha. Miss you...!

Samantha Palmeri said...

This is why artists need to support each other every chance we get.. So happy you're even still reading these posts ha! Miss you too