Let me get one thing straight: an artist who says he doesn’t care about what others think about his work is a dirty, dirty liar, or a much stronger man/woman than I.
And I am not ashamed to say that if it wasn’t for people validating what I do, and being kind enough to let me ramble on and on about writing, I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have the tiny bit of success I’ve eked out of this world.
And, yes, a lot of it is because of my own work. Nobody else makes me sit down and write these articles or do any creative writing. That is all me. And I take pride in it.
But, with that said, the only reason I have the confidence and the wherewithal to make myself sit down regardless of how I feel, and type away at a creation that I can’t guarantee anyone will ever read or like, is because of people like you. Yeah, you, the one who’s reading this.
I see every view. Every like.
And I can’t thank you enough for it. I really can’t. It means a lot to me, attention like that means a lot to artists. I want you to understand that.
Last Wednesday’s article I talked about my big dream, The Second Renaissance, and every person who is enthused about art, about creation. Every single kid that picks up a pencil and draws a picture because they can, fills me with hope for that dream. And every person who takes the time to praise an artist for what they do is just as important.
I know it doesn’t seem like much, but that praise feeds us in weird ways.
An artist can starve if not given something. And there are so many brilliant people who could use the encouragement.
So, even if it took me a while to get to it, this article is ultimately a thank you for all fans. For every person who picks up a piece of art and enjoys it. Because while I spend a lot of time singing the praise for artists, you, the fans, are just as important.
Never underestimate the power of your words. Never underestimate the power of your own enthusiasm.
And if this Second Renaissance is going to kick off, it will start with you.