Have you ever asked yourself a question: “Who would want to hang your art on the walls?” There is so much doubt and inner barriers in this one question that if you dare to ask yourself that, you better give up on your art career now and here. Marc Chagall once said: “If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing”. If an artist happens too think too much whether his art is good for someone’s walls, he can go for painting reproductions. Mona Lisa would be perfect on all walls. But did Leonardo Da Vinci think about it when he was painting a not so pretty woman?
This same question can discourage an emerging young artist if someone gives it as “a comment”. Imagine you invest your time, energy, your soul into one painting and then receive a slap in the face in the form of “Who would want to hang it on the walls?”. Take it as a compliment. It means your art is good and you are following the right direction – a straight path to your goal. Why? Because a good art is never left unnoticed. It is praised and criticized at the same time, like everything else that gains attention in this world.
Art is not about the walls and decorating interiors. Otherwise, there would have been only commercial art and kitsch. Art is energy, thoughts, part of an artist’s soul that are put into one painting. We say “art speaks for itself”, I’d say: “It’s an artist speaking out, passing his message to you through a painting”.