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"You paint like a child" a short story about abstract art.


For over six years now, I've been receiving a comment that "I paint like a child", at first, I thought was hateful and offensive. But as I continued to create and grow in my art, my perspective changed. Now, I take it as a compliment - a tribute to the raw and fearless creativity of a child's imagination.

It all started when I realized how envious I was of my sweet, almost four-year-old nephew's imagination. The stories he creates in his mind are absolutely incredible, and I can't help but marvel at the sheer depth of his creativity. Children have a unique ability to create without limits, to express themselves without fear, and to dream up incredible worlds that we adults can only dream of.

So, when someone says that you paint like a child, it can be disheartening - but it's important to remember that art is subjective, and everyone has their own style. For me, being compared to a child's creativity is a tribute to the purity and rawness of my art. I may not paint with the technical precision of a master artist, but I capture something that is just as valuable - the sense of wonder and joy that comes with creating without limits.

💬 Thank them for their feedback: Regardless of whether the comment was meant to be constructive or not, thank the person for taking the time to give you feedback.

💬 Ask for more specific feedback: Ask the person what specifically they think makes your painting look like it was done by a child. This can give you more insight into what you can improve upon.

💬Remember that everyone has their own style: Remind yourself that art is subjective and everyone has their own unique style. Just because someone doesn’t appreciate your style doesn’t mean that it’s not valuable or meaningful.

💬 Keep practicing: The only way to improve your skills is through practice. Keep painting and experimenting with different techniques and styles. The more you paint, the more you’ll improve.

💬 Don’t let their comments discourage you: Ultimately, the most important thing is that you enjoy painting and find it meaningful. Don’t let someone else’s comments discourage you from pursuing your passion.

I value your thoughts and would be grateful to hear your opinion on a topic that's been on my mind. It's about the commonly heard comment "my five-year-old could paint like this". I'm curious to know your take on whether it's a fair comparison or if it should be considered hurtful.

Personally, I see it as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it could be hurtful and discouraging to hear that one's artwork is perceived as simplistic and childlike. However, on the other hand, it can also be interpreted as a compliment to the artist's ability to capture the joy and simplicity of childhood.

That being said, I question whether this kind of comparison should even be raised in the first place. Art is a deeply personal and subjective expression, and comparing it to a child's work may not be the most constructive or helpful feedback. Rather than comparing an artist's work to that of a child, perhaps it would be more beneficial to appreciate and critique the piece on its own merits and style.

In any case, I appreciate your perspective and would love to hear your thoughts on this matter.

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