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To release yourself from the burdens of expectation is essential. How we as artists measure up is not the point of creating art. Unfortunately too many artists arrive with expectations that are based on myth. Artists are in truth part of the community of people creating and going about their work.
Society without art is poor. This has been the case since before civilisation. Can one doubt this when looking at the cave paintings of early humans? Life was on a thread yet art was essential to lift humanity from the mire. So too were all the other skills held by members of society. Did art stop because someone said:"I don't get it!"
The artist must create freely. In order to do this artists must free themselves too. Only in doing this will artists be able to use their intuition. Instinct is not intuition. Intuition is a deeper voice that comes from truth itself. We are easily distracted from truth. Watch a bit of TV to experience this. Listen to a critic only once you appreciate from where the critic is coming from. Not everyone has to agree before you go ahead with your art. All criticism, good or bad, is simply based on the critic's experiences. They are not yours.
Create freely and intuitively and your art will grow unbounded.