Is the secret to loving your art, to create art you love? Or to love the art you create? I read this recently in a photography Facebook group I am in and it stopped me in my tracks. Isn't that the struggle of all artists whether they are photographers, painters, singers, and so on? I recently started really creating art I love. I started following my heart and what spoke to me. I want to feel the images I create and I want others to feel it too.
The hardest part in this business and any business in which you create is feeling validated. When you eventually start creating art you love, there will be some who don't love it. There will be some who criticize it. As artists we tend to be emotional so this is a hard concept for us to accept. I know for myself as an artist, I have some pretty high highs and some pretty low lows. However, when you create art you love the thoughts of others don't really matter.
This series of self portraits, I created out of love. During my pregnancy with my last, I really was on my self portrait game. But after having him I had been struggling with getting in front of the camera. They might not be pretty but the process to create them was therapeutic. They depict the emotions I feel as an artist, mom, wife, and person. My personal shift is continuing and I am ready for it.