I apologize for any email being returned as undeliverable on 6/25. Not adhering to the storage space alert leads to service interruption, of course. My edu account only provides 10MB and some magazines send their gallery selections via attachment; instead of just the title or link. Disk space is eaten up quickly; at that rate, so feel free to try again. It was refreshing to hear back from smaller publications, especially as someone who doesn't care much for traditional gallery politics, although business is business. Any curator/s asking for more than 35% is just not someplace you'll find me (unless really compelling). Selecting contests to enter isn't much easier and entails more than what meets the eye. Checking for stats like google page rank, bounce rate, daily visitors, unique visitors, domain age (search authority), domain value, site presentation and social media following offers a reference point. How many art jurors there are participating can also be a delineating factor. These are all worth considering, as if creating isn't enough by itself. Beating the crunch deadline is nice, as well as, the reward of going to bed before 3am. Being up that late means there is nothing but erupting silence to remind me; we all live in our own isolated universe collectively. Reflective thinking goes into effect, although not everything is always heavy. My focus is really on bringing the gallery up to speed with a few full composition pieces, using Photoshop CS6 and the wacom; for a change. Needless to say, the process of fine digital art continues; when adulting and nursing this website isn't a priority.
Too bad there's no cure for those struggling to be the creative vessel that once them. It's good to really run with it once that spark hits. Art can sometimes be a really good distraction, from everything else that is going on. It's good to use that ingenuity for your own piece of mind and as a comparison to past works.
My skills haven't motivated me to start accepting art commissions, since that might take the joy out of consolation. Perhaps the inability to really be able to earn what one is worth creates some despondency and takes the incentive away. This is compounded by a lack of efficacy or ability to produce desired results in ones life.
You study globalization in the ivory tower but never expect to graduate and be negatively impacted by it. This trend is not just some 3rd world phenomena, despite all of the US rhetoric about democracy. The public interest continues to suffer at the hands of captured agencies like business firms, professional consortiums and labor unions.
Few guarantees are offered to us, when we are born. The fact is that you are owed an education in this country up to high school but you are not owed a living, a livable wage, less only a lifetime of employment (amazing how that works). Needless to say, situations like this make "living on your own terms" a bit of a misnomer.
The socio-political divide is unlikely to go away anytime soon, which includes an evaporating middle class. We are reminded that there isn't much reckoning power, agency or independent influence for the average citizen. The current debate over net neutrality is another reminder that the walls are closing in on us or we are simply being flushed out more forcibly these days.