Untitled (detail) Work in Progress
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2018The big learning for me about blogging, was that it's a positive
environment. If you don't like what an artist does, you move
on, and don't comment. If you love what they do, you tell
them! Oh Boy! That is revolutionary! Because all over the
world (except perhaps in Finland -- which I hear has an amazing
education system), parents are taught not to praise children
too much! This still happens.
But here's what praise does. Everything. If people praise
your work, you feel empowered. Seriously. You feel like
getting back at it. You feel like doing more. It may
not directly affect how you're working, but it definitely
keeps you working.
In the lovely world of art blogs for some reason this is
understood through some secret unspoken code. And Hurray
for that. So go ahead praise an artist, your kid, your romantic
partner, your boss, whoever you possibly can. Oh -- and
part two -- mean what you say!
I'd add -- also give yourself a pat on the back. Acknowledge
each time you've done something you're proud of and reward
yourself. It doesn't have to be a trip to France (I am ready),
but a phone call to a friend can make your day.
Have a praising what you love day!