February 23, 2024


General will live on forever

Oil painting of young girl and boy digging in the sand on the beach

Seeking Validation and Earning Credibility as an Artist

Or, somewhat, false validation from social media.

It’s true, and I dislike indicating this, that the a lot more followers you have, the additional very likely I am to shell out notice to you and your art due to the fact some others have given you their thumbs up at some issue. 

And your social feed is extra possible to retain my interest if it emphasizes art as the centre of your everyday living. Art, art, and additional artwork. That is what I want to see from an artist who seeks reflection and vital attention.

Having said that, we have to admit that there is a false perception of validation from social media. I assume Sara Schroeder felt that when she talked about wanting to be “more than an Instagram artist.” She grew her Instagram adhering to swiftly and experienced to get a move (or two) again to ponder what she definitely needed from her art. Pay attention to my conversation with her in episode 119.

While it feels great to get all those followers, likes, opinions, and shares on social media, at some level you have to surprise what they all mean. 

Who is doing the pursuing, liking, commenting, and sharing? How are these interactions supporting you in the prolonged operate? What occurs when you don’t get adequate likes or feedback?

This begs the query: Who are you looking for validation from?