I had a few thoughts about sketching and personal artwork generally last weekend. I had a friend (let's just say she was dumped after her final straw rudeness last Friday) who was rude about my work. Basically, I got a cold stare and a brush-off. However, I know as far as she was concerned, if I'd ever been unpleasant or even showed dislike in any way about her photography, she'd have hated it. But sadly, she lacks the understanding to have any empathy for others - or the manners to fake it.
True, there were a lot of things that night she did to upset me. Yet the one that made me think, "Wow, I don't think she's really my friend, she's just here because she's bored with no one else as gullible to call" was her attitude to my artwork. After all, my art, such as it is, is me. It's an expression of my soul, my heart and my mind.
So, if she can't like it, or even bring herself to say, "it's my friend who did it, and I love her and support her and love her work because it's hers," then I can't be her friend either. As my aunt loves to post on Facebook, never make someone a priority when you're only their option.
And thus the tip of the day, which is not really a drawing tip, but instead a reminder: if an artist shows you their work, barring something you find so morally/ethically offensive that you can't look at it, find something you like about it, and praise it with love. It won't hurt you and you'll make/keep a friend.
Right, rambling's over. And starting next week: Wisdom Wednesdays! Stay tuned!