i’m an old-school artist
This past year has been difficult, no doubt, for all of us. Strangely, for me, my adventures in Egypt, which I’ve been writing about, and the completion of my book Firefly Lane and the artwork to go with it has culminated in one the most creative years of my life. Which led me today, as I work on this complex drawing, to think about how I’ve never really given any kind of “deep” explanations of my art, or at least that I can remember at this moment.
So, I can certainly say that I’m old fashioned in my art. Old school, as also in my martial arts and fighting training. That is not to say that I don’t love and appreciate modern technology because I do…for the purposes it can serve. However, I never was interested in transitioning to computer art. Nor am I an abstract artist, for sure. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to just freely fill a canvas with paint. Maybe one day I will do that. I’m so obsessive about detail, though, I’m not sure if I could make that transition.
After all, there must be some of us who remember the old ways. So much so that, despite my obsession with detail, I refuse to even use a ruler to make straight lines. I use my eyes as a guide and thankful they are still good enough to guide me. Imperfections within intricacy are a kind of beauty all their own. It is, perhaps, some kind of statement to trust your heart–a way of bringing a little chaos to balance the order.
Appreciate and respect what others say, but stay true to the love and inspiration you find within yourself. Each one of us is unique and has something to offer to all. God bless.