When we create a piece of art it is made up of our thoughts and feelings but they are silent. We don’t get to go with the piece to tell the story behind it. The viewer looks at what we present and brings their own interpretation to the piece based on what they feel from our work and also on their personal life experiences.
The viewer has a reaction to what we’ve created but unfortunately there is often no opportunity for this feedback to come back to the artist. Over time this ‘silent sharing’ can become a little flat and as artists working alone we either run out of things to say or start repeating ourselves.
Having the opportunity to talk about our work, especially with other artists, forces us to think about things a little differently in response to the questions we are answering. Many times when we talk about our work a light bulb goes off from something the other person has said and it sparks new direction or at least new clarity about what we are doing.
Talking about our work lets us listen to what the work is saying to us as well as to others. We hope you will join in the conversation at My Art Muse and start to listen to your own work in new ways.