The feeling of truly finding ones roots is something that i will cherish for years to come.
Making art is an journey where every artist is trying to contribute to the richness of the culture. As i have studied the the works of old masters, i have been presented with an epiphany, where ones own work can be seen as an continuation of this chain. (Small and humble as it may be but still.) The tirelessness quest for beauty is something that i too should strive toward. This thirst is one of the universal needs for us as a species. Regardless of the culture we tend to gravitate toward similar features. Symmetry, rhythm and balance are things we would like to surround our senses with.
It is sometimes quite baffling to look at the state where contemporary western art is nowdays. It would be interesting to ponder just what would the old masters think about Matisse or Jackson Pollock. What ever they would think, one matter is clear, beauty doesn't seem to matter anymore, or at very least the definition is perverted to an almost unrecognizable state.
Maybe the old masters would feel more kinship towards the concept designers, illustrators or graphic novel artists. All fields where technical skill goes hand in hand with creativity. Talent gets peoples attention and it sells.
As for myself since i discovered the immense creative force of the old European art, i cannot no longer deny the fact that i do prefer to make digital paintings instead of the more line oriented works. I might return to them from time to time since comics and humorous content works better with inked lines. But as far as the primary medium goes, i think i have made my choice.
There is still the issue of the art software.
To settle this problem, i have decided to make digital paintings with both Photoshop and Clip studio. For good evaluation i think a month should do it. With Clip studio i am going to make some final adjustments with Photoshop but about 99% of the works is done with the original software.