Do you find yourself looking at other artist’s work and thinking yours isn’t that good, should look more like that, feeling jealous of it or dismissing it as not good enough? These are all signs of comparisonitis, a creeping dis-ease of the artist’s heart. It rears its ugly head in these kinds of thoughts and poisons the creative well.
Once it worms its way in, you start creating more and more for a diffuse and impossible to satisfy “other” in your mind. Your work becomes less and less nourishing and satisfying to you, maybe even as it’s being applauded by others. Creating starts to feel like a chore or stops altogether…what happened?
Slowly, by small steps, you stopped creating for the only right audience – you. That’s what comparison does, it insidiously substitutes your own joy in creating art for a tepid and nebulous approval from outside yourself. When you find yourself falling into that trap, remember who you’re making art for and take back your creative joy!
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