I think of February on social media as the season of seascapes and flower paintings. In January, artists are all excited about trying new styles and expressing themselves differently and they start showing their new stuff and hear crickets or whatever the sound of fewer like taps is. They freak out and panic and start painting what was selling for them when stuff was selling-- beaches and flowers. Beaches and flowers sell, always. Beaches and flowers get likes. They are always winners.
Sometimes when you are exploring new styles, it can take quite a while to figure out your take on it. That is the whole point of exploration and experimentation. They both take time and trial and error. It is indeed possible that nobody on social media will like your art. You don't have to make excuses for that or feel like a failure. Not all art will work, just like not all cookie recipes are good. It is ok to need to make money and to fall back on what works. Do both! There is absolutely NO LAW that says you must make only one thing and stick with it forever. Experiment with new works and make what you know will sell. The only limits are ones you put on yourself. Showing your new stuff may not be what your faithful flower painting buyers like, but it will attract new buyers. If you don't give your new works time and stop showing them out of fear, how will new buyers see them? Chances are sky high that while you are experimenting with new styles, you will learn new things to incorporate into your faithful sellers. Let go of the fear of fewer likes and just make art. Let go of the fear that if you go a couple days without posting new work you will be forgotten.
Let go of the fear of needing to keep up with the Art Joneses. Art is not about keeping up, it is about self expression.
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