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David Mishra
Artist | Professional
United States
I paint stuff and trick people into buying it.
Also... I do stupid stuff with peanuts.

Alien Tribute by DavidMishra Us by DavidMishra Southwest Robotics by DavidMishra Congratulations... by DavidMishra A Friend Among Foxes by DavidMishra Zombie Nuts by DavidMishra

"Art is a mirror held up to our hearts"

I thought I was terribly clever when that crossed my mind last night. It means that art shows us who we are, and our reaction to a particular piece of art shows others who we are. Slap it on a t-shirt with a fitting graphic and "woo-hoo!" cha-ching.

Of course, when i think of something terribly clever it's necessary to do a little research to see if any other clever people have existed before me. I googled "art is a mirror" and found similar quotes by Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare which led me to believe I've likely just read it at some point and altered it to my own philosophy. I like mine better.

Most artists enjoy watching people view their work anonymously. It's pretty easy when you're relatively unknown. My favorite was at one of my shows where a couple were walking through the gallery and the guy was more interested in the price tags. He came to one of my bigger pieces, noted how "amazing" it was, looked at the price tag, and threw his arms up in the air and told his companion "See?" 
To this day, I don't know what validation he found there on that little rectangular piece of cardstock...

... but he showed me a lot about his heart. (Wish I could tell him I sold that painting at half the price, throwing away many hours of my life.)

Some people pass by my work without so much as a glance, others dwell on them for longer than I can understand. I hear different takes on the same works all the time. People often find details they didn't notice at first, and their take on it completely changes. I like it when people find something of themselves in my art, and keep searching for more. We are all "more."

I try to avoid looking in mirrors: real and metaphorical. When I finish a painting, my eyes become like those that pass by without so much as a glance. The emotional shift I experience is jarring sometimes. I've left my heart splattered on canvas, nothing to you, but fuck do I feel it now.

Anyway.... Art is a mirror held up to our hearts.

Chance the look.

-David Mishra


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AshleyxBrooke Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey there! :la:

Nice art :wow:  If you're ever looking to share your work with other people, live, you should check out #ThumbHub on dAmn (Did you know we had a chat system!? A lot of people don't :( ) We get a lot of great artists popping in to share their work and it varies from Traditional art, to photography, to poetry :) Also a great place to gain more exposure for your art AND to make some new friends xx

Hope to see you there some time :heart:

DavidMishra Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Professional
Thank you for the invite! 😊
GuardianMajor Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
:party: Happy Birthday!
lynnkauffman Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I wish you a very Happy Birthday.
SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017
Nice gallery:)
DavidMishra Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Professional
Thank you. Likewise!
SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017
No problem, I like good art:) I invite you to my gallery:)If you like my work, watch me :)
makepictures Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
Thanks for the favorite.  Greatly appreciated.
DavidMishra Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional
The photo reminded me of a wall I wanted to paint a mural on. It told me to get busy! Lol
mshellee Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your nuts LOL no pun intended. Let me start over...hmm I love your gallery. So talented!!
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