When you finish an artistic work and step back to reflect on your work, how do you feel? Do you feel dissatisfaction and frustration? Does it come up to your expectations or self-imposed standards? Did it turn out the way you wanted it to? Are you your own worst critic?
If you feel like this, you’re not alone.
Consider, for a moment, the idea that all of this may just be the ghosts of former critics. You might be replaying the imagined responses of parents, partners, competitors, lovers, or the public, in your mind. They, if asked, may not even respond in the way you are imagining. Instead of dwelling on what’s wrong with your finished work, think about what made you pleased or happy. Did you like what you did? Did making it make you feel good in any way?
If you felt something good while making your art or while reconsidering it after the fact, who has the right to tell you that your reactions have no value, are not right or can insinuate that you have no entitlement to feel good about what you have done?
Maybe you’re being too hard on yourself.