Just a few thoughts...
A couple of months ago, I had my 14th dAnninversary. That's weird. Doesn't seem possible it's been that long.
dA is celebrating its 18th birthday. That's even weirder. To think YoungestDeviant
is only about two and a half years older than this place is just wild; and looking at the old art by ManiacOnAisleThree
is more than slightly surreal, given where he's at in life now.
It's tempting to put together a chapbook -- been thinkin' about it for such a long time, but that would also mean digging through my archives here. Most writers with any sense of pride at all have trouble delving through older writings. Yes, it's a practice of seeing how far you've come...but then you realize you published that shit
at one point...and here in dA, that means kinda publicly. So...the idea is tempting, but in practice, it's a struggle without also committing to finally polishing those old stones. (Some o'yall might even remember that reference.)
As part of the
practice and review and contemplation, alongside engaging in something akin to turning into a bit of a Reform Luddite, things like Art as Therapy feels like melting into the Slow Movement...sort of. For someone like me, whose mind -in the past- never slowed down, the act of deliberately slowing down (even with the help of medication) is rife with internal conflict. Couple that with quitting smoking cigarettes?!
So...I've been borrowing rwirtz
from time to time (very infrequently, since I'm not a photographer), as well as taking more pictures with my cell, so as to practice actual drawing.
These things are therapeutic
, though. If and when I create something even slightly worthy of requesting critique, I'll post here. That was what Shades of Blue & Purpose
was actually about. It's simply a still shot of something I'm trying my hand at drawing. So far...my attempts have been something that my 9-yr-old could draw far better.
That's pretty much all for the moment.