“The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.” Hazrat Inayat Khan
I am not sure how far I will get with this post this morning, yesterday late morning I experienced a major sugar crash, that weakened me, caused me to be irritable beyond even wanted to be around myself. I went off to bed at 8 pm to read and just be alone, and fell asleep in less than an hour, woke about 10, read until 1, slept again until 6 am, read some more and got up at 7:30 am. Still feeling a bit shaken and stirred, I was still noticing a bit of lethargy, and easy irritability . Trying to correct my food intake, drinking water to cleanse, setting my intentions to heal and go through this experience as best I can.
Nothing holds my interest long, making dinner last night was a struggle, I was having moments of silent screams, knowing I wanted to just give up. Made dinner of Brazed Cabbage Slaw and veggie hot dogs, and come to find out that the dogs where for the weekend. Who knew? I commented to my sister we can always get more, she left the room, I was not told about the weekend plans for the hot dogs, I have not been told about 4th of July plans at all. My brother and sister-in-law for the past many years have had a July 4th party at their house, yet is seems to have been shifted to Lauren’s their daughters from what I understand? I suppose I am to assume that is what is happening.
One of the things around our family is the lack of communication, one person does not inform the other, yet can usually discovered through conversations or assumptions that such and such a thing is happening… makes for a tricky guessing game of communications.
I did spend some time of Redbubble yesterday submitting new photographs, viewing others art and commenting. I had not done that is sometime. It seems I had lost a bit of interest in all that, viewing and commenting, keeping track of responses and comments from others. I do have regular commitment to Candid Photography Group to moderate the submitted photos, at least once a day, and to select featured work every other week, this week was my week. Selecting the featured works is always a very active creative tool to pull my interest in a direction that I don’t always travel. I find some amazing creative thought-provoking candid work, that inspires, causes me to stop and truly look to see what I am seeing. To candid work is stepping out of the comfort zone, in many ways invading others boundaries, if being and doing things in public is not wide open boundaries? There is a mystery, and a provocative atmosphere to shooting candid’s, one that excites me and frightens me, yet energizes as well!
Where am I in week 3 of the Artist’s Way “Recovering the Sense of Power” ? I have work to do but not sure where to begin. Yet beginning by writing about not knowing and asking is reclaiming some power. Part of this chapter it claiming and keeping our power with being offered criticism for our work and Julie Cameron offers some good advise writing that “Pointed criticism, if accurate, often gives the artist the inner sense of relief: ‘Ah hah! so that’s what was wrong with it.’ Useful criticism ultimately leaves us with one more puzzle piece for our work.”
Since I am embarking on the William Way Center Gallery prize show exhibit being prepared for criticism will be a useful tool. For I have not been in this type of exposure with my work before it is thrilling, exciting, as well as a bit frightening to place the work out there, place my name and face in a bigger venue that I have had my work exposed too.
I have much work to do before getting this work exhibited, I still have to choose the photographs to display. Check frames and mats that I have already, have new work printed, backed, matted and framed. So my path is laid before me in the next 10 days….
Here are the “rules of the road” useful in dealing with criticism:
- Receive the criticism all the way through and get over with it.
- Jot down notes to yourself on what concepts or phrases bother you.
- Jot down notes on what concepts or phrases seem useful.
- Do something very nurturing for yourself-read an old good review or recall a compliment.
- Remember that even if you have made a truly rotten piece of art, it may be necessary stepping stone to your next work. Art matures spasmodically and requires ugly-duckling growth stages.
- Look at the criticism again. Does it remind your any criticism from your past–particularly shaming childhood criticism? Acknowledge to yourself that the current criticism it triggering grief over long-standing wound.
- Write a letter to the critic– not to be mailed, most probably. Defend your work and acknowledge what is helpful, if anything, in the criticism proffered.
- Get back on the horse. Make immediate commitment to do something creative.
- Do it. Creativity is the only cure for Criticism.
Writing these rules of the road for criticism allows for a deeper acknowledgement of the process of journeying down this path of creativity. I allows me to be in charge, to own my own power, to respond rather then react. To create rather the destroy.
To my surprise the reception announcement was on the William Way Center Newsletter I received this morning!
Running July 12, 2010 – August 27, 2010
Growth Question: Do you have ways that you hand criticism that may differ from the above rule of the road suggestions and if so please share them?
I am Love, Jeff