Repost @howamifeelingg Fun fact- I didn’t do a lot of…
Fun fact- I didn’t do a lot of drawing before making this community. I’ve always dabbled in things and loved cake decorating, painting, and photography for a while, but nothing like what I’ve been doing now. This community somehow inspired me into the stuff I do now which I’m very grateful for, however that ended up happening.
Which brings me to this new paradox I haven’t been able to put words to until now. When I have the courage to share my work on here I do it mostly to express something I know that will be validated by other people. The hard part, and where things get awkward & uncomfortable, is when I share my drawings with people outside of the mental health community & close friends that are also involved in this stuff.
And I’m not trying to toot my own horn when I say this but people usually LOVE them. They go nuts over them and then I’m left with a lot of mixed feelings. They love them but there’s this sort of disconnect that falls over me because I wonder if they REALLY understand it. If they see the nuances, the tiny details, and most of all, I wonder if it clicks that this is personal stuff I’m revealing to them. They may laugh as they flip thru the sketchbook full of these drawings, but with so many of them mainly focused on the difficult things I deal with, do they connect them with the human being in front of them? Do they get that these are real life things I’m feeling on a regular basis? Maybe it’s the fact that I’m often able to hide so much behind a calm face that results in this disconnect between art and artist.
What do you guys think? Have you been in a similar situation before? Comment below with your experiences of sharing your work with other people.
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