Working from home can isolate me if I get no outside input. Without others to interact with, my perceptions of quality become distorted over time. It sometimes feels like everything gets wrapped in batting, making it hard to judge my ideas with any accuracy or confidence. When I get some outside reflection I’m often surprised by the results. First because any response whatsoever startles me out of my accustomed solitary perspective, and then because the feedback I get is often positive. I guess that second bit is a holdover from years of habitual low self esteem. I remind myself now how important it is to put my self and my work out there more often, to bump up against outside input. Feedback on my drawings, writings, and ideas is essential for me to continue, to improve, to develop my skills, to keep me interested. Critique, appraisal, appreciation – even the simple act of viewing my stuff keeps it alive for me. So my thanks go out to all who see my stuff here and there and throw me a like or comment. You keep me chugging along!