Do you need likes on social media?
Are you someone who is constantly looking at your social media pages to see if your pictures or your art work gets liked?
What affect does this have on your health? You life? Family? Relationships?
I once spoke to someone who's relationship broke down because of a partners need to be constantly on social media promoting their pictures and talking to people on Instagram. It took over their life and affected their relationship, I'm sure there were other factors too, but it can't help a relationship, be it your relationship with yourself, kids, family or partner if you are always on your phone.
But have we looked at the other side of 'needing' likes for our art work?
What are we saying to the world by needing people to like us, to like what we paint, and produce, how does this affect our health, and how true are we being to ourselves and what we put out if there is a need there in us.
Imagine, maybe you don't need to, basing your art, how you look, dress, your whole life on what other people think, it's draining and exhausting, and not good for our health, vitality or art practice. We are basically saying we are not good enough, or anything I do is not good enough if I am not recognised and liked, that's a pretty s*** way of treating yourself! You're basically saying you are crap and not worthy. Giving your power away to the outside world, of how you should be as an artist, a person, woman, man etc. And we wonder why exhaustion is the worlds No.1 plague!
Now I am not saying ditch social media, that's not the answer, we all use it to sell, promote, share with the world out magic, how you express yourself - social media can be used in a purposeful way.
But, how can we look at it in a different way?
Imagine painting like a child again, in the freedom, the joy, the expressing, the openness, and to a certain age, before the world changes them, not needing anyone to like or not like their pictures, simply putting it out there ( or on the fridge at home) for all the world to see because they love what they do, they love the colours, the shapes, the marks, the exploring and it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks of it. It's the joy in the physical process, connection, space, the moment, and expressing themselves. Simple.
How would you feel if you painted what you felt? And didn't care of anyone liked it or not
What would your life be like if you did what you felt? .
What would it feel like to put your art on line, because you felt to, because it was frickin' awesome and man the world has to get a load of this, because you did it, and you're amazing, so they are not just getting your art they are getting how you live. Not needing once ounce of feedback or telling you how to be from the outside world, or yourself yourself.
Now that's art that rocks my world.