Just recently, I had the experience of receiving some negative opinoins concerning my art, or more specifically , my choice of subject matter. All of the negative comments came from one Facebook poster.Normally I wouldn’t let comments like that bother me, but for some reason this person’s comments stuck with me.
Now I don’t normally feel the need to justify why I paint what I paint or draw what I draw. Yet for one time only (like the song says) I’m going to explain something : I paint what my heart leads me to paint; whether it appeals to anyone else is immaterial to me. Art isn’t what I do, it’s what I am. So anyone else liking it isn’t a must for me it’s nice if someone does, but at the end of the day if I’m happy about a piece I create that’s all that really matters. The deal is, last week I posted some pictures of some figures are painted on Facebook. This one gentleman comma said that I was painting” too many white women.” This comment irritated me, to the point where I felt like I actually had to defepd my work. After I come down though, I realize that people are so fickle. Once I was asked “what do you have against painting white people?” The fact of the matter is, I avoided painting white people because I really didn’t know how. I was used to painting people that look like me and at that time I felt I was pretty good at it.
I decided , why not? and soon tried my hand at painting a Caucasian person. It was decent, I suppose but I was less than satisfied with the results . Since then, I’ve painted figures with various skin tones and made quite a few improvements on my technique .
Around this same time, I painted the second piece in my Thing of Beauty series , A Thing of Beauty, Too..
Speaking of things of beauty, I understand that it, like beauty itself, is in the eye of the beholder. It’s totally subjective, and often depends on the viewer’s perspective as to whether it is a good piece or not. Funny thing is, ‘good’ is also a subjective term, and my opinion of good may vary from someone else’s. That’s why I’ve learned to create art that mainly makes me happy. I just think it’s sad that we live in a world where art has to be labeled as black, white, or otherwise . To me, it’s just art.