"An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose."
1902 - 1967
It takes courage to be an artist. You must be able to do what others are not willing to do. You must be able to create what you are afraid of creating. If you let fear of rejection influence what you create, you will not be able to produce the art that you want and need to create.
Artists need to be free from the criticism of society. Critics often get it wrong. Don't let the negativity of others hold you back. Create what your heart tells you to create. Believe in the choices you make. If you listen to yourself, you will find your way through the maze of criticism and come out with your spirit whole and free.
Are you feeling courageous? Are you creating the art that you want to create? Are you ignoring the criticism of both your friends and your enemies? Are you creating from the heart? The choice is yours.