So, I spent close to 30 hours, spread over about 3 days, working on "Floating Orchid." I have other things I should be doing with my time, but you see, I hadn't truly "arted" in years. I'd dabbled here and there, done a bit of half-baked digital work, but the reality is, I've been dealing with emotional issues that have bogged me down enough that, while I -wanted- to "art," the truth is, I simply couldn't. Anyway, I finally had what it takes to sit for hours on end and struggle with a medium I'm not very familiar with, water colors. I wound up using multiple media for this piece, and I'm extremely happy with it! But I was trepidatious about diving in with water colors, for hours on end, and until 3 days ago, I just really did not have the energy it takes to deal with all that frustration born of my own desire to art. Strangely, though all that anxiety, I actually found a lot of peace while creating this painting!
And then, DeviantArt's stach happened. I'm probably not spelling
Honestly? While I have no problem with mature content existing on DA (not my site, not my responsibility), I do feel that each user should be opted-out of seeing that, by default, with the invitation to opt-in made front-and-center when they open a DA account (maybe as part of some "Here's how DA works" tutorial that would pop-up, as soon as they create a new account.
My main issue withe mature content is that so much of it is so immature (I mean, it's no different than what 15 to 19 year old boys draw while sitting in history class not learning anything because they're not listening), and also gender-biased (and a lot of it, frankly, harkens to female child pornography, in cartoon form, which, no, does -not- make it "ok" in my book). I mean, truth be told? If artists are going to focus on female genitalia (it's been done, for goodness sake, it's boring now), then why not also on male genitalia? Why not make that boring too? Anyway, while it might be "artistic license" to blow a
So, somehow, I managed to get another 1K page views over Friday night. To me, that's shocking! Also, a lot of you gifted more Llama Badges to me - thank you! I've returned those to everyone that DA will allow me to (apparently, I can only do that once for each of you).
<Strike> I also think I may have figured out why I'm not selling anything, with all those page views. I went to the payment area of my account, and all DA had for me was a button to join their core membership. So, I guess a person can't sell anything unless they pay DA ahead of time? Er - I think that's a little messed up. At most, with DA's payout structure, I'd likely barely break even, even if I sold everything in my Gallery. To be honest, I've been looking heavily into other options (my DA posts would be a small part of a larger business plan). Unless I've missed something, of course. Perhaps I have; I have no way to know that at the moment though. </Strike>
UPDATE: I'm not sure which page I was looking