They Love You! They Really Love You! (But What If They Don’t?)

©️Robin King
“Bright Eye” (©️Robin King)

Everyone loves you! Everyone loves your art!

But what if they don’t?

What if no one even likes – or, maybe worse, no one cares – about your art?

You laugh if you can. You cry if you have to. Then you decide whether or not you need to have your work liked more than you need to create the work that no one likes or cares about.

If you can create what you want and aren’t crushed by the reception the work gets, then you make more. Otherwise? You find out what you need to do to please people and then make the work that will bring you the notice and/or approval you want.

Or maybe you fling yourself back and forth between these options? Trying not to care, trying to find out what people want, trying not to care…trying, trying, trying.

Or maybe you pack it all in and stop trying so you can stop caring, until you realize that won’t work because you really need to make your art so you start all over again. Trying, caring.

Then, in one of those cosmic bursts of magic, someone loves your art. Not everyone. But someone.

Maybe it’s you.

But I made it. Of course it’s a masterpiece!

“It’s the best piece of art ever created!” (©️Robin King😂)

Ahhh…the artist’s whiny inner voice. Maybe you don’t have one? I do. It’s the foot-stamping, tantrum-instigating voice of lunacy that tells us the current work we’re doing is nothing less than genius and deserves to be in a museum RIGHT NOW, in spite of the obvious fact that it’s lukewarm crap.

The face above is my latest “masterpiece.” It’s still sitting in the Sketchbook app on my iPad. I know it’s objectively not great, probably not good, maybe bad, and certainly not worth being seen in public. But I can’t trash it. Can’t force myself, at least while the whining’s at peak volume.

There’s something about it that might be worth saving; it’s not all bad. But each time I change it I un-change it. It’s still too precious, this masterpiece, to fiddle with (according to that pesky inner voice).

So it sits, clogging the workspace of the app.

I’m done for the day. The face gets to stay overnight. Maybe I’ll save it to use as a template for something else. A painting? Or – better yet – a cut paper assembly or a collage. Another masterpiece!

Or maybe I’m just trying to avoid trashing it…

LOL!

Spinning in Time

“Dithery Me” (@Robin King)

Goodbye to Instagram – again. I hoped that this time would be different but it wasn’t. Instagram’s too enticing, too yummy, and too hungry. It devours content. If being there weren’t so much fun it’d be terrifying. Because of my ridiculous relationship with Instagram I neglected this site, Twitter, Redbubble, and nearly everything else.

To make things worse, the timing is bad. There are non-art events ahead that I need to prepare for. Their dates are non-negotiable and I’m woefully behind.

However, I did spend a little time with Affinity Photo last week. Results were mixed but I learned enough to have hope for the future. And I took a few shots with the new camera. One was bad; the others weren’t good but adequate. I don’t know when I’ll get back to the camera. November, probably, and they’ll be sunshine setup shots. Maybe macro – yay!

The only creative joy I’ve experienced for the past month or so is making tiny digital images (like the one above) just to post on Instagram. They’re enjoyable to do but I can’t post them for sale on Redbubble.

So: back to reality! Assuming my physical state isn’t adversely affected by the work-work I have to do in the next couple of weeks (and that no other calamities occur), I ought to be back to creating again by the end of October.

Until then I plan to spend at least an hour a day here, and on Twitter and Redbubble, trying to make up for time lost. See you soon!

Reworks: Old Face & Social Media

Yesterday I sat at my Mac and reworked the digital version of the face above. It began life six years ago as an acrylic sketch on a piece of discarded corrugation. Later, I fiddled with it on the computer but never finished it the way I wanted to. That happened yesterday when the face came to life. He looks grumpy, doesn’t he? Well, he has a good reason: he was relegated to the bottom of a storage cabinet all those years. I’m happy he’s finally complete and ready to meet the world.

Another rework (in progress) is my social media “presence.” I still have some work to do behind the scenes in my Redbubble Shop (tags, descriptions, etc.) but Twitter and Instagram are sorted out.

Here’s the result:

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/artbyrobinking

Redbubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/artbyrobinking/shop

WordPress: https://robinkingfaces.com/

That’s four, down from eight. Much better!

Update: Consolidating Accounts

In the next few days I’ll be transferring my faces from robinking-faces.redbubble.com to my other Redbubble account: artbyrobinking.redbubble.com.

On 9/30/21 I’ll close the faces site.

Also, I’m evaluating the need for my two Twitter accounts. I may consolidate them, too. Probably will.

Following that I’ll change affected image links here on WordPress.

Back to Photography, Happy Again

Years and years ago I had a job as the Easter Bunny’s Helper in a big department store (remember those?). I was the person who wrangled the kids and took the pictures. The camera was a massive box and had to be put inside a dense cloth bag so that I could take the film out to send it away for processing. The bag had zippers and arm sleeves, all designed to keep the light out. The job – aside from the occasional screaming kid – was fascinating! A few years later I had a job that suddenly included writing on-the-job training scripts for employees at our pharmaceutical manufacturing company AND taking pictures that demonstrated the activities. I needed to learn how to use an SLR  fast. The camera was an ancient Pentax that used film (this was pre-digital photography) and had no automatic settings. I took lessons from a local photographer and read as many books on photography as I could find. I loved taking pictures and never stopped after that. 

But paint and paper and clay turned out to be interesting, too. Over time I took fewer pictures. Cameras changed. I changed – LOL. Even though I still “capture” things it’s been a while since I filled a camera card. But I still have lots of photos I can offer the world. Today I took some time to upload the 5 photos above to my “ART BY ROBIN KING” Redbubble site to join the others are already there in my Photography Collection. They’re now available on various Redbubble products (journals, clothing, magnets, stickers, masks, prints, stationery, etc.).

In the weeks to come I’ll add more photography, work that hasn’t been seen yet.

And, as soon as I can sort out a camera that functions well enough I’m going to start shooting pix again. What fun!