Painting has two main functions. One is self-entertaining, such as self-mind healing, self-expressing and self-satisfying. The other is sharing which can be identified as sharing within certain society or groups. The former is amusement to oneself, while the latter is enjoying with the public.
As people who live in a society, as long as they do not isolate themselves from outside world, they probably need certain respond from other people even though they paint for entertaining themselves. At the same time, this respond will certainly affect their feelings. And in return, the situation may change them from relaxing self-entertaining painters to someone who are under stressful examination.
If someone is recognized in a salon, a competition or a public media, his/ her value can surely be realized. If not, someone's social value will decline
accordingly. In the interaction between self-entertaining and public recognition, the function of painting always fluctuates and adjusts between self-improvement and social observation. Indeed, painting is a personal matter, while the display and value embodiment need the public.
Giving up social evaluation system, one ist either a genius or a brave man consciously marginalized.