There's nothing wrong with the vanity of wanting people to see your art.

It's normal and natural.

I've never liked the idea that you should be so "pure" that you'd keep doing art even if nobody was around. Of course you wouldn't.

Art is meant to be shared.


this is why I've sent copies of The King In Yellow to everybody I can find

(not the story, the play)


(no but seriously, I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting people to see your art or not see your art. while I'm a paranoid and have an extraordinarily strenuous situation with the concept, personally, for others, I mean)

@noahbradley Mostly I agree, but some days you do need that "purity" that comes from turning everything in the outside world off. Because its noise can drown out whatever it is you're trying to hear in your own head as you're creating your latest.

Art, at least for me, is communication.
Making art without showing it would be like talking to yourself.

@noahbradley I had this realisation the other day when I saw a musician talking about being a 'performer', as in part of their personality, an impulse. We don't judge that in musicians. Why should I feel ashamed that I want people to see my art? Art is performance. I feel annoyed sometimes when people say you should draw what you enjoy, as if to want people to see it & react is a personality flaw.

@noahbradley I didn't word that last part quite right, but when people imply it like that

@noahbradley Art is communication. What's the point if there's no one to communicate with?

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