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1.  When is it appropriate to walk away from an uninteresting conversation?

2.  Do you hate being told what to do?

3.  Is hatred for being told what to do a common trait among artists?

4.  Do you ever get the feeling you haven't lived up to your expectations?

5.  How often have you felt left out or alone?

6.  Is tragedy and suffering necessary elements to becoming a great artist?

7.  Have you ever showed someone your art and they didn't know what it was?

8.  What do you think of abstract art?

9.  Has anyone ever said to you, you're not creative?

10. Do you often times walk into a room and forget why you entered it in the first place?

11. Have you ever made a mistake that completely changed your life for better or worse?

12. Have you ever been accused of copying someone else's work?

13. Has your artwork ever been stolen?

14. Do you think the person who stole your artwork feels guilty?

15. What is art?

16. Does art have rules?

17. Does giving art rules take away our ability to express ourselves?

18. Does it matter? Should it matter?

19. Why do I care so much about any of the above-mentioned questions?

20. Perhaps these questions are simply a way to express myself.

21. Feel free to comment on all or any part of this journal. I, like many of you feel that most of life's questions leave an open answer that is merely subject to opinions.

22. Lastly, do you ever get tired of hearing other people's opinions?

23. Is your opinion the only one that matters?

Please comment, and thank you!

Sincerely,


McFlyky
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Simplexification Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I reposted this on my own page but to save you the trouble.....

1. When is it appropriate to walk away from an uninteresting conversation?

As soon as you can do so gracefully and politely.

2. Do you hate being told what to do?

It depends on the context. Obviously not when I am work. Work is by definition someone purchasing your time for 8 hours a day (typically) and making it their time. Outside work, there are really no people with the authority to tell me what to do so long - what with not living in a fascist state and all - so it is kind of a non-issue.

3. Is hatred for being told what to do a common trait among artists?

Hmm. I didn't like having to work within the boundaries of specific assignments in art class in high school. I was a bit more receptive in college though (this may have been due to the fact that I was paying for it). Besides, when you are a teenager you already know everything.... it is only as you grow older that you begin to lose all your precious, hard-earned wisdom. This is common knowledge, right?

I think maybe putting certain limits on creativity might actually produce heightened creativity in some cases because you have to work harder to be creative when you have to do it within certain parameters than you do when - as they say - 'the sky is the limit.'

4. Do you ever get the feeling you haven't lived up to your expectations?

Oh, I know I'm a slacker. I'm getting better though.

5. How often have you felt left out or alone?

Like this, you mean? There have been occasions. But that is more of a young person problem and it has been... oh, a year or two since I have been a young person.

6. Is tragedy and suffering necessary elements to becoming a great artist?

I wouldn't say so. Having been born in a western democratic country and now living in an even better western democratic country, I don't have much experience with suffering (Things that could categorically be placed under the heading 'first world problems' are not examples of suffering. Annoying, frustrating - yes! Suffering - no! There are probably people in some parts of the world that would long to experience a day as pleasant as what I might consider the blackest day of my life.)

But then again, I only consider myself a competent artist. And maybe a lack of suffering is the reason why. Not that I am particularly anxious to find out.

7. Have you ever showed someone your art and they didn't know what it was?

I had an assignment in public school involving two point perspective. Most people made pyramids, I made a pyramid shaped spaceship. I can still remember the teacher very angrily making me redo the assignment because (direct quote) 'it wasn't like any spaceship [he] had ever seen." It kind of begs the question; how many spaceships has he seen in real life? Were they saucers? Shaped like ties or x's? Rectangular blue boxes? Did the aliens take him on the trip of a lifetime?

Hmmm. Perhaps they did. Maybe that explains his angry reaction :-)

8. What do you think of abstract art?

Some of it I like, some of it I don't. Since there is nothing representational for my eye to latch onto, I have to judge it entirely on an aesthetic basis. You know, are the colours pretty and all that.

9. Has anyone ever said to you, you're not creative?

I can't recall anyone ever telling me that. I have had teachers tell me I need to work harder at it though.

10. Do you often times walk into a room and forget why you entered it in the first place?

Not often but occasionally. I call it the hereafter. I go into a room and then wonder what I am 'hereafter.' Feel free to roll your eyes.... and no, I won't be quitting my day job anytime soon.

11. Have you ever made a mistake that completely changed your life for better or worse?

I've made my fair share of mistakes. I don't think I have made any life changing mistakes.... yet! I can think of a few things the results of which I did not appreciate at the time but they made me the person I am today. 20/20 hindsight: it's a glorious thing!

12. Have you ever been accused of copying someone else's work?

Yes. And no, I didn't.

13. Has your artwork ever been stolen?

Not to my knowledge. This is the internet though. Perhaps someone is selling silkscreen t-shirts of my work at a sidewalk stall somewhere. I suppose I should be flattered.

14. Do you think the person who stole your artwork feels guilty?

I suppose it depends on whether they are a sociopath or not.

15. What is art?

Tough one. I know what art isn't. It isn't a license to torture a fellow creature and think that it a) makes it any less of a despicable act and b) absolves you of any moral responsibility.

Perhaps it is self-expression. I don't know. That's kind of broad. You telling me I am an idiot is self-expression. But is it art? I guess I'll have to go back to the old cliche: "I don't know art but I know what I like."

I am curious how other people on dA might answer this question. What is art? How do you define it?

16. Does art have rules?

Not in the sense that society does. No one will lock you up because you are so bad at colour coordinating that you make their eyes bleed. Maybe suggestions would be a more apt word than rules. There are certain things that we know 'work' because they are tried and true.

17. Does giving art rules take away our ability to express ourselves?

No. Just because I am supposed to colour inside the lines does not mean I am also not free to colour outside them.

18. Does it matter? Should it matter?

No. No. Do your thing. I'll do mine.

19. Why do I care so much about any of the above-mentioned questions?

Questions are good. They help a person articulate what he really thinks. We should all ask questions, not just of others but also of ourselves.

20. Perhaps these questions are simply a way to express myself.

See above.

21. Feel free to comment on all or any part of this journal. I, like many of you feel that most of life's questions leave an open answer that is merely subject to opinions.

Yes! See the bottom part of this journal entry.

22. Lastly, do you ever get tired of hearing other people's opinions?

No, but I differentiate between a person sharing an opinion and thinking that you MUST agree with their opinion.

And you should agree with that. So you'll be right.

See what I mean? :-)

23. Is your opinion the only one that matters?

Of course not. A person who is not open to new input is incapable of learning anything. What can you teach a person that already knows everything? You know the greeting people sometimes use: What do you know today? Here's what I know today; enough to know I don't know very much.

Feel free to chime in with your five cents worth - or ten or twenty cents worth, for that matter. No pennies though. Pennies are obsolete here in Canada.

Which is good. Your thoughts are worth more than a penny, right?

Sincerely,


Tim

These were interesting questions.
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McFlyky Apr 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for doing this! I had almost forgotten all about this Journal Entry, but it's great to see that you have dug it up out of my lost box of forgotten journal archives, while attempting to brush off a thick layer of dust and cobwebs that accompanies it. Here's what I have to say.

At the time I can't quite remember what my inspiration was for these questions, I was upset or bothered by circumstances that surrounded me during that period. I just can't quite pin point it here and now. Needless to say I got over it! :iconthrilledplz:

19. Why do I care so much about any of the above-mentioned questions?

Questions are good. They help a person articulate what he really thinks. We should all ask questions, not just of others but also of ourselves.


Excellent answer. I often find that you can answer a question with even more questions. Eventually you are encircled in a never ending chain of unanswered questions, but isn't that life for ya? Unanswered questions are fun to ask and help solve problems on their own.

Now that I'm a little wiser though, I've come to realize that the mystery behind an unanswered question is sometimes ruined by the answer that accompanies it... much like the mysteries of the universe. While they do drive us insane, they give our lives never ending purpose in an attempt to solve these universal questions, while never being successful and thus, dully satisfied. Hope I'm making some kind of non coherent sense here. (non coherent sense is the best kind of sense to make)

8. What do you think of abstract art?

Some of it I like, some of it I don't. Since there is nothing representational for my eye to latch onto, I have to judge it entirely on an aesthetic basis. You know, are the colours pretty and all that.


I had a teacher once who told me that all art is abstract, even realism. Because at the core of every work of art is merely a collection of design aspects that form a subject. While they 'appear' to be something, in actuality they will never be the subject they long to be. Apparently it helps his way of thinking. The teacher was a jerk by the way, and not my favorite. However, he was a wise man nonetheless, and said some interesting things that stuck with me /=

Thanks again for answering my questions, mate. You have both my humble and outspoken appreciation.

By the way, are pennies really obsolete in Canada? Haha, maybe not, but I am a gullible person, so don't mind me. :icongwahplz:
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Simplexification Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. I found your profile sufficiently interesting to dig around on it.

20. Answering a question with a question is a sales technique. But oftentimes answers often breed more questions also.

8. That's an interesting perspective. I bet if I were to adopt it, I would have a lot less trouble drawing real objects; I would be looking at planes and angles and negative space instead of an arm and a leg.

They have stopped manufacturing pennies here in Canada but they are still currently in circulation so they are on their way out.

Are you British or Australian? I was born in Britain.
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Ydriss Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Answered them fully in my journal! Hope you enjoy reading it (:
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McFlyky Apr 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
thank you, i saw that! great responses, i hope you enjoy mine as well!
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Ydriss Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did! Thank you for taking your time to look at those ;]
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:iconlilsweetmandee:
1. can't think of an appropriate time so I will say never.
2. ummm not always... if I don't know what I'm doing, it's good to have some direction.
3. hmmm I wouldn't really know?
4. always!
5. hmm more times than I could count..
6. I don't think so
7. lol many times!!!
8. I love it! Most of it...
9. hmmm no...
10. omg yes lol
11. oh definitely!
12. only when I wrote a poem in school...
13. not that I'm aware of
14. n/a
15. whatever the artist wants it to be..
16. welllllll... yes and no...
17. it could... depending on what sort of art you want to create...
18. I dunno =/
19. lol you tell me!!!
20. sandwich
21. these are great questions!! I only wish I had better answers! lol
22. nope! as long as they are opinions :) and the person understands that everyone is entitled to their own :)
23. not at all!
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McFlyky Apr 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
one time i spent all day writing a poem for my english class. i remember working really hard on it and being proud of the outcome. upon turning it in and receiving my grade he merely marked the paper by saying "i'm lost". needless to say i was pretty upset and disappointed in mysel! i sort of felt 'short changed' about all the hard work i had put into it. we as artists sometimes put a lot of work into something to only receive one word replies with little thought that express that persons dislike for our art. it's annoying. but i suppose it happens to the best of us.

these are great questions! thanks for taking the time to respond :)
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:iconbohemian-empress:
1. Never.
2. No, I kinda like being told what to do. There's chaos in my head and I tend to get lost when making decisions on my own.
3. I dunno.
4. I've never had expectations, I guess that's a problem.
5. Left out, no. Alone, yes.
6. Indeed.
7. Not really.
8. Depends.
9. Never.
10. I don't walk into so many rooms!
11. I dunno. It had probably seemed such a great idea at the moment, so I'm not sure if it's really been a "mistake."
12. Not that I remember.
13. I dunno if it has.
14. Probably not.
15. Art is that horrifying side of you.
16. I don't care.
17. I like rules.
18. It probably should, but not to me.
19. Ha ha.
20. Are they now?
21. Hmmm...
22. Not really. Entertains me.
23. There you go. :)
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McFlyky Apr 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
it's probably best not to walk into many rooms, especially uninvited!

thanks for the feedback!
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