posted on Feb, 19 2012 @ 02:49 PM
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
reply to post by Aliquandro
I'm glad if any of us here can give you positive pressure to create more. I meant every word and comes from someone who spent years studying art
history and sold their work through galleries in NY and Tokyo. I've seen work of far less quality than yours selling for big money and I can honestly
say I don't think I've seen any work that was better than yours.
Your depth of knowledge in art history is something that really adds to what you do - it gives you a flexibility in how you present the subject. I can
readily see the influences of impressionism, mannerism, roccoco, cubism, etc but that doesn't matter because your work incorporates the elements from
them that add to what you are doing without being confined by them. That's to say you don't allow yourself to be limited by stylistic convention.
I'm sure you are aware of this but maybe it's nice if someone else notices too, eh?
Thanks for posting more of your work. It's great to see an artist so free and who enjoys the process so much - sometimes doing things for a living
can take the inspiration out of it. I think that happened to me. I don't love to do artwork like I did once. Don't know if other interests became
more important or if I just burned out on it.
One last thing; there will always be critics of your work. People who will trash it to make themselves feel better. Forget them and forget people like
me who will tell you what you do is great. It's what YOU think and what YOU feel about that's important. If you can satisfy yourself then that is
Every comment, good or bad, encourages me to work. My ego has gotten a healthy enough boost to paint for the rest of my life, gladly. My ego is just
the moderator between Id the the Superego and is my true self, who I really am since it represents what I wish to become.
When creating, I am not even conscious usually of all the "isms" I'm using, heck I don't even remember all the isms! But yes it's insanely
refreshing to be acknowledged for not living inside a box. A box is a form of prison so many of us are trapped in some metaphorical way. Why wouldn't
art be my expression of freedom?
As for burnout I've come close. But maybe I'm blessed with less than regular work that pays well enough, and a frugal upbringing and lifestyle? I'm
never sure... but when I attempt to pray, meditate, or scry (douse. tarot, you name it, chicken blood. goat hair, shamanic mumbo jumbo!) it always
points back to art in some way. I think they call that a message LOL!
And honestly I was hoping for some harsher and possibly negative feedback. I know of these breed of trolls, that can feed off others misery. My art
has something in common with them. My bottom line on any single piece is to get a response, that's it. My art is something I put as much of myself
into as I could manage, and it does not like to be ignored by design.
I paint MANY female studies (all the greats have, and who can blame them, women ARE beautiful!!). But mine tend to have a raw quality I'm told (even
tho they have other words for it), and I see the response on some women's face. I'm a man and I'm honest about the physical aspects I find
attractive about women, and some find this offensive. I'm OK with that really.
Great advice and kind words, again, thanks! I'd really like to see your work too, if you're comfortable