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Sometimes it pays to be unconventional. Sometimes it's not. There're unconventional warfare, unconventional beauty, unconventional jobs, unconventional kitchens, unconventional wedding dresses. There is unconventional thought.
That kind of explains my view on art. I grew up learning all the conventional methods of making art, conventional lessons of painting, drawing, etc. There was also another dimension of art that quietly grew up in the shadows of convention, starting with scientists, computers, corporate applications, softly working its way into private citizens at home with their new experimental PCs.
Fast forward to now that was the future then. Kids are now growing up sometimes using computers for art. The technology is so good now that I'd say digital art for them is now the convention. For me, I had to shock myself and other conventional artists I know around me by being unconventional. After being accepted by a really good group of local artists who have a nice gallery, I produced some digital art and had a few pieces in a show. People would come in, look at it in wonder and ask what it is. I would explain how I created the scene first using 3D computer models and renders. They would scratch their heads and I could tell they had no idea what I was talking about. None of the other artists really knew what I was talking about either as they were still stuck in their conventions.
So gradually I found the massive world of online art, and even though the digital facet is still a seemingly small segment of the whole, it is huge and there are incredible artists, some so young it is truly impressive! I also found that many more people are seeing my art work on line that at the nice local art gallery, where visitors might happen to glance at a painting IF they even walk in, or MIGHT finger through the print bin and MAYBE see one of my prints. But on line now with HD screens and high resolution prints, a visitor can be home or anywhere looking at art right on his tablet, phone, computer, TV screen, whatever. That has now become my convention. The transformation it complete. Digital art is ALIVE! May the unconventional rest in piece...