I haven't responded to anybody yet here, except for those who have caught me in between uploads, but I HAVE read all replies and am so happy to have heard from you all. I've been very busy at my job with 12 hour days lately. Today, is a snow day (school bus driver + winter storm = no work), so most of the artwork that I have been creating and uploading has only been made possible because I have some free time from both work and gym.
As many may (or may not) have noticed, my style has deviated from my usual anime/realism for a tad bit.
Yes! I will still be producing anime and realism from time-to-time, but I think it's about time that I created original concepts and developed my own artistic style, which can be marketed or displayed in the future. For each uploaded newer piece, I used the concepts that most inspire me throughout art history (like Bauhaus, for instance), the music I listen to (which is also art in an audio format), and stories/connections that make me think of creating art. Well, inspiration strikes at the oddest times, I suppose - but it's good to get back to art again.
It truly is my first love, next to music.
Anyway, sending my love and deepest heartfelt THANKS to all of those who have stuck it out with me, despite my lack of online activity lately, and also with my change of styles.
It may not be the same for many of you who produce art, but those who do, will find that as they learn more and advance to new stages in life - their inspirations will also change as well.
I know that many of my likes remain base within the realm of realistic art, and straying from realism for me is very foreign. I still like the release that the abstract brings.
No! Abstract artwork is NOT easy, as I had once thought! While it may seem like a jumble of random shapes and designs thrown together at times, in actuality, the artist is bringing together elements of balance, rhythm, color, contrast, and shape - which, like a photograph, can be a matter of perfect timing and placement.
I invite you to broaden your horizons and try some of your own abstract concepts. What inspires you?
For me, it is the Bauhaus Movement, Modern Art, Ansel Adams Photography, and Minimalism in architecture --> including the small home and eco home movement that is beginning to take hold over the USA. (Small home/Minimalism/Eco Homes have always been a larger concept in Europe and overseas, but the USA is just beginning to break from the "materialism-high energy" BS. FINALLY!)
Anyway, have a wonderful week! Be safe for those driving/living in winter weather!