Curating does not mean you are in a process of self-reflection.
If I spend my time creating something that I think is worth sharing, that is an active form of self-reflection. The whole time I'm painting, I am deciding whether or not a piece is done. When the piece is done, and I decide to ship -- I am no longer an artist.
As soon as I switch over to Twitter, Tumblr, Hentai-Foundry, or the millions of other places where it's possible to share my art -- I am deciding to share a gift, which means I have to act like a Curator.
I say sharing art is a gift, but that doesn't mean that everyone is going to like it.
The minute I pour over my own posts, I am no longer acting like a Curator -- Instead, I'm consuming my own content.
While it may be enjoyable to look at my own work, it's not going to help me create anything new.
Narcissism often gets confused for Marketing in the pursuit of creating a Personal Brand. Here are a few things I think might help make that time more constructive:
1) Have I created something that I feel proud of?
2) Have I posted that content in a way which enables people to reach out to me and start a conversation?
3) Can I be accessed by those people at a reliable time and place?
If I'm doing those three things, chances are, I will be available to do it again -- which means I can going, without letting the sharing paralyze the art.
Today's sketch is a photo study. You can watch the video below.
The original music for this video was created by a friend of mine named ᙠɿiɒn.