Two Legends. —
These two sit at my parent’s house in Cincinnati. They hang high in the living room wall, right behind the couch. It’s where guests are seated during dinner parties and get a chance to discuss and admire the two paintings. In fact, both of my parents make sure that their friends see these paintings. It’s hilarious. —
My parents are basically my art curators. I’ve caught them speaking to their friends about the inspiration behind the multitude of paintings hanging from the walls throughout the house (as many of you have seen). They are my biggest supporters but they also don’t hold back on critique. They give it to me straight, when it’s clear that I’ve done a rushed job on a painting or calligraphy. —
I don’t know if I’ll ever sell Ali and Mandela. They’re now an integral part of the conversation between my parents and their friends. It gives them the opportunity to tell people how proud they are of my work. —
I guess what I’m trying to say is, let your parents be proud of you. I think we have the tendency to shy away from praise or acclimation (especially creatives) but I think it’s okay to feel good about your work and to accept proper applaud, especially when it comes from family. Right?