Several years ago I had a subscription to “Artists Magazine”. I loved thumbing through the pages and seeing all the new techniques and even tried a few. Every year they has an Art Contest and the winner would get some really cool things.
I wanted to submit my artwork.
At the time I was doing “Digital Art”. Yeap, I created artwork on my Computer.
I had some really expensive programs to work in, Coral Paint and Photoshop, I bought a digital tablet so that I could paint and shade and hold a “paint brush” in my hand. I bought a big 13″ by 19″ Epson Printer that had 7 ink cartridges. I even bought special paper that mimicked canvas or watercolor paper. Like many “traditional” artists I scoured the world (OK i went to Italy once) for wonderful things to photograph so I could run into my studio and paint them.
If you are not familiar with Coral Paint, it is one very awesome piece of Software. It turned my PC into a virtual art supply store. I had watercolor, inks, oil paint, acrylic, pens, pencils etc. Well… just about everything. So when I took one of my photographs for painting I got to decide how to paint it, what colors to use, what to leave in, what to leave out. JUST LIKE A TRADITIONAL ARTIST. Yes I am shouting ’cause I am still pissed off.
(Note to self- Get over it.)
So, I decided to get over my shyness and submit some of my work. That was a mighty big step for me. I downloaded the paperwork and started to read the rules, and there it was… The contest was open to all artists except digital. OMG. Seriously.
For the first time ever I decided to write a letter to a magazine, which I did, and then I canceled my subscription. If I am not really an “artist” I sure didn’t need the Artist Magazine! It did not matter that the techniques I was reading about, color theory, perspective, under painting etc, was something that I could incorporate into my artwork, I was not an artist.
Several days later a friend walked up to me and said “I saw your letter in the Artist Magazine”. Wow what a shocker. I never expected that to happen. I never read the result