Hello everyone! It has been a while since I updated my journal here. I haven't been a lot active on dA lately. I have just been uploading art on and off and disappearing. Those of you who follow me on facebook mostly know what I've been up to. For those who don't this is what has been going on.
I have lately been falling in love with art again and rediscovering it. After a while on dA, I started to realize that this was becoming more of a popularity contest. Getting less to hardy any faves started to become upsetting. And because I usually tried to create from my heart and what was not hot and popular at the time, it got a bit more upsetting. So, slowly I just started to drift away from the community. Now, I would really like to put this out there: if not for dA, I would never have gotten this far. I have made some great friends here and constantly find a lot of inspiration. There are some absolutely outstanding artists here. However, one flip-side to it is that seeing everyone create almost the same art over and over gets very limiting to the creative process.
Traditional art has been my first love and I have lately started to walk back towards it. This time, in colors! I have just started exploring watercolors, did a disastrous oil painting and plan on exploring all kinds of different mediums. Of course this is a process and is going to take a while before I get any good at it, but I am really enjoying the act of just creating without giving too much thought to how many likes or faves I get. Worrying about whether people will like my work or not was creating a big hindrance in the creative process. Stopping to care about it so much about it and just create is really, really liberating. Art has started to become something divine. I have realized that it can be rather selfish and self-entitled of us to expect the praise on our art. That is other people's job. Ours it to be true to our work and just create.
I have been watching some documentaries of famous artists too and Vincent Van Gogh's story is one of my favorites. There were no likes back then, no social media, and people didn't really appreciate his art too much even otherwise. On top of that, he had such a tormented life. But did he stop creating? No! He moved from place to place, created art everywhere he went, remained true to his soul's calling not worrying how people perceived his work. He most certainly needs no introduction now.
So yes, I have been painting and been doing book cover commissions. Even got my first watercolor commission! (Yay!)
I miss interacting with my dA pals. What have you all been up to? If you'd like to share your art with me, something I might have missed out or just say hi, please post a comment or reach out to me however you like. Any of you who looking for a mentor please let me know. I am always here to help. And by here, I mean facebook mostly.