In the mentoring program I am in, it is suggested you find a mentor to help you develop as an artist. I have been thinking about my art and trying to put a more descriptive label on it so that I can find a mentor. An artist I know called my Digital Collage Art “surrealism fantasy.” I said that sounded good to me. I did a Google search for artists doing digital surrealism fantasy art, and guess what? I found art that came the closest to what I create.
Then there is my Inspirational Art. It is a little more traditional, but still different from other art I have seen called inspirational or spiritual. It is not popular quotes or Scripture combined with lovely photos(nothing wrong with that), although I do use photos in my art. The words are from my book, messages written during my worship times with Jesus or they are prayers coming from my heart. I create the digital collage art to go with the words, but unlike my “surrealism fantasy” digital collage, here I want the words to be the focus. Even though I do not fit the mainstream of inspirational or spiritual art, I love what I create.
What is the point in today’s blog? The point is that even though my art is not traditional art and does not fit the popular conception that art is painting, it is my choice. I have tried to do other styles or mediums*. It is like a door that is locked, and I do not have a key. I did a study on abstract art once. I searched the internet for abstract images. I used oil pastels or colored pencils and a 100-page sketchpad and filled that whole sketchpad with abstract designs. When finished, I only liked about 2 of them. I put the pad away and forgot about it. Years later, I threw it out. Since then, I have done some abstract digital art, not deliberately, but because of experimenting. I know abstract art is popular, but it is not my choice.
Some things in life we have no choice. A choice is made for us and we must accept it. However, there are areas where we can decide. The key is in knowing the difference and when to accept the situation or to try and change it. Will I change my art style, to be more mainstream? Maybe creating landscapes or do portraits (Scowls. That is a whole different story!) using a different medium No, I will not. Will I seek to grow as an artist, learning more about my chosen medium? Definitely. I have choices to make. I know what can be changed and what cannot, at least as related to my art! Are you facing some choices? Are you willing to make changes or are you unwilling? Are you unable to make changes? If so, how are you dealing with that?
*Medium: the material an artist chooses to create their art.
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