I’m an Artist Again!
As I wrote about in my post from earlier this year, Art Deprivation, I hadn’t created any new art since the middle of December of 2020. This was mainly due to having or nearly having an anxiety attack every time I even thought of opening my art programs to work on anything. I write more about my reasoning and such in the aforementioned post so I won’t rehash that here. Well, anyway, I finally overcame my anxiety! I have started being an artist again and have already created four new artworks. Well, it would be five but a current severe thunderstorm is keeping me off my desktop PC so I can postwork and finish up that fifth artwork.
So, how did I manage to overcome my anxiety and get back to being an artist? Well I started by doing what I tried to do before; I overhauled my Dream 9 Studios website. Last time all I did was update a few things. This time, I deleted everything and completely redesigned the site from scratch. Everything about it is new and I incorporated new techniques I’ve learned including parallax scrolling. Something I probably need to incorporate into this website… I still need to tweak a few things on it like the mosaic post modules on the Gallery index page but overhaul the site looks much better than it ever has before. It’s no longer shades of gray either as this time I added full color to the design with dark blues, cyan, and a dash of turquoise green.
As I was creating the posts for each of my old artworks, I kept thinking to myself “I made that?”. Granted, there were several that no longer appealed to me and I didn’t add those to the new site’s gallery but, of the ones that did still appeal to me there were some that just shocked me that I could ever have made something like that. That is part of what inspired me to overcome my anxiety and try to create art again. There was also that art that no longer appealed to me. There were some artworks, like an old artwork called Morning Concerto which I had created for my mom, that I liked the concept but no longer liked the quality of the artwork and wished I had done better. I decided I would do better now. I opened up my art programs and got to work!
I decided to start slow by doing some redux art of old artworks of mine that I wanted to do again but this time improve upon them. I first created Autumn Awaits and then Sunrise Recital. The latter is the redux of the aforementioned Morning Concerto which I had misnamed (a person playing a solo wouldn’t be a concerto, it’d be a recital). I’ll show both of them to you below with links to the Dream 9 Studios gallery pages for them with my notes.
After completing those two redux artworks to get me warmed up, I next created my first brand new artwork of 2021, Lingering. I wouldn’t call it a self-portrait but more self-expression as it was inspired by my own current experience and feelings. Like before, I’ll post this artwork below so you can see it as well.
After I finished work on Lingering I got a new toy, Adobe Lightroom. Now that is a cool program; I love it! I next created an artwork that I figured would be perfect for using Lightroom to postwork. It’s a nature scene of a wild tiger that I titled On the Prowl. I doubt it would have ever looked as good as it does without the editing I did of it in Lightroom. How did I ever live without this?
And now I’m an artist again. YAY!!