Thursday, March 8, 2012

Acceptance and Approval: Dealing w/ Fear (Pt1 of a series)

March Series topic is “Fear” and how it relates to independent artists careers.

Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgement of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you're going to do about it.  -Kathryn Casey Theisen

"To have your art received as legitimate work and not dismissed as a hobby, craft, or mid-life crisis".

Cultural and societal rituals surround us in our daily lives.  These rituals reinforce morality, opinions, and the expectations of “others” dictating how one behaves in civilized society.

A common childhood playground ritual of getting picked for a team- The desire to be accepted by the cool kids, and the absolute horror and humiliation of being chosen LAST or not accepted by the group.  

As a creative person having your art accepted as legitimate work during your lifetime and not dismissed as a craft or hobby seems to have existed as long as art in all its forms has been created.
For many non-artists, accepting a new form of creative expression that has not been long established, means in their mind it is “not art” and it is dismissed. 

  In the 19th  century art world the Beaux-Arts in France  was the standard that paintings were measured.   A small group of realist painters, Monet, Sisley, Renior, Bazille, and later Manet, Pissaro, Cezzane were all artists who's works were rejected by the Beaux-Arts Jury’s.

After seeing the rejected works, Napoleon the III  felt the public should weigh in, and the Salon de Refuses (Salon of the Refused)  was organized.  This ultimatly was the birth of a entirely new art movement “impressionism”  
Despite the huge success of the Impressionism movement, the success eluded Cezzane, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh during their lifetimes  .

APPROVAL: " To have everyone LIKE your art" 

The reaction to creating art, manifesting your inner vision into a reality. As artists we get our energy, inspiration, and fulfillment in the process of creating, and sharing our work with the world.
Christ Piss- Andres Serrano
The outside world may not have any response at all to our work in this lifetime, or any lifetime.   Our job as artists who desire to make a living with their art is to satisfy our inner creative muse, and to improve the quality of your work while attracting fans who want to purchase your creations.

Continue to create, refine, and improve the art you are producing, and importantly listen to the feedback you are getting, good, bad, and if this is what your hearing  It's a sign to get back to the drawing board and keep working. You will  know your own the right track when your creating a lot of excitement.   Do you have a acceptance or approval success or frustration you want to share? Please include them in the comment section below-

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