I’ve always wanted to do a bar fight scene.

And someday, I will. For now, this will have to suffice.

The other day I got to thinkin’ about how people talk about their art. A pattern of behavior I’ve noticed a lot with artists and those who appreciate their art is the “This Is Good, No It Isn’t” Scenario. That is to say: someone tells an artist that their art is good, the artist snorts that it’s crap, and the two end up annoyed at each other.

Thinking on it a bit, I’ve realized that this is born out of the fact that the two people are working from two fundamentally different bases of comparison. Most non-artisty people (hereafter referred to as “sane human beings”) have a certain threshold above which all art is simply “good.” Those that practice the craft, however, (hereafter referred to as “wackos”) know precisely where all their faults and limitations lie. They’re all too aware of the gap between the work they are doing and the work they wish they were doing. And if they’re trying to grow as an artist, their baseline for what constitutes “good” is always just north of their current ability.

Basically, you’re both looking at the same thing and seeing two wholly separate entities. Once again, human psychology roundly trounces the laws of physics. Nice one, brain.

So my advice to both parties is to — as with so many things in life — keep perspective. Arters, remember that quality sits on a sliding scale, and that what’s not good enough for you may by good enough for someone else, and sometimes that’s good enough for the moment. Artees, keep in mind that the other party isn’t trying to be snooty, it’s just that they have a secret code wheel for deciphering everything that’s Wrong with the art in question.

Huh. Good to know I can still write ramble-y blog posts. I was starting to get worried!