Glory, glory hallelujah.
I have completed a new piece of art. And it's NOT school-related in any way, shape, or form--though that could be interesting since I'm a second year in law school. *Shrugs* I digress. It'll be up in all its pride and glory tomorrow around 1 or 2 p.m. I'm still in the tweaking mood, and I want to be able to walk away from it for a little bit. But I'm SO HAPPY (said in Maid-Marian-Men-In-Tights style). Seriously, I can't remember the last time I did a piece of art just for the heck of it. I think 90% of my artwork on DA is the product of AP Art WAAAAAAY back in my senior year of high school. Wow. This, however, is still a throwback to one of my favorites--my Edward Gorey-inspired Phantom--before I go headfirst into more art/painting.
Honestly, the idea of painting again scares me. Some of you may not have experienced this yet, but when you haven't done artwork in a long time you get this feeling that your ability is oozing out of you. It's worse than any art block I've ever experienced--because there's no source of validation. No way to assure yourself that you're still creating something you love based on a work from the recent past. It takes a lot of time to overcome that fear. Thankfully, I've reached a point where I'm willing to take the risk of sucking a lot to get back to where I'm happiest.
So here's the moral of the story, kiddies: Don't give up on your art. Even when life makes you turn away, even when you're afraid of your own hands. Try. If you truly love it, it will never leave you--it might simply take a different form.
All my love,