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Journal Entry: Fri Jul 25, 2014, 9:11 AM
 











The first image is my most recent painting, the second is one I did two years ago:

Cobwebs by Enamorte Enamored by Enamorte



The differences between the two are negligible. I've reached a plateau in my art, and I don't know what to do about it.

See, it wouldn't really be a problem if I had something to aspire to. If, say, I had an image in mind of what I wanted my work to look like, but I just hadn't achieved that level of skill yet, that would be no problem. At least then I would have a direction to work in. But I don't. I'm unable to find any art which really impresses and inspires me, which makes me think "I wish I could do that". If you have an artist whose skill you admire, that's easy, you just look at their art and determine what you need to learn in order to do what they do. But man, everything I look at just does not speak to me in that way.

The word "mastery" comes up a lot in relation to improvement and developing skill in art, and I dislike the word. It makes me think of stuffy realist paintings and chapel ceilings, and that's just not my thing (hey, I don't pretend to be among the intellectual elite, all right?). Realism seems to be the Holy Grail of art for some reason, like that's what everyone should aspire to, but I'm not interested in that.

The thing is, I'm not really sure what I am interested in.

I don't dislike my current style of painting. But that's the problem. It doesn't offer me anything anymore. It's no longer interesting to me. I've got it down so well that it requires very little thought or effort. But I don't know where to go from here.

Even if I did have an idea of what I wanted to do, I still have certain responsibilities that demand that I stick close to the type of art that I've been doing.

I'm just feeling rather stuck in a rut right now, and I don't know what to do about it.

"commissions closed" stamp by Enamorte
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- Why isn't -x image- for sale as a print? I'd like to buy one.

- I used to submit every new piece as a print, but since they sold so infrequently, I stopped doing it. However, if you are interested in purchasing something as a print, just click the "Request as Print" link to the right of the picture and I'll get it set up for you, no problem. (Okay, so this question isn't exactly 'frequently asked', but I thought I'd put it here, anyway =P)

- I know your journal says you're not taking commissions, but is that up to date? Would you make an exception?

- Whatever the little stamp at the bottom of my journal says, goes. I always keep that up to date. And no, if it says commissions are closed, I do not make exceptions to that. The truth is, I do not typically take on commissions at all. I do not mean to sound rude if I turn you down for a commission, but if I say I am not taking them, then I ask that you please accept that. Thank you.

- I am interested in selling your work as PSP tubes, would you be interested?

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- Can I post your art to my Facebook page/blog/Tumblr/other non-profit site?

- Sure, just don't edit the images in any way. That means no color changes, no resizing, and absolutely no cropping. Also, I do not allow the use of my images on commercial websites without paying a licensing fee. Contact me here on DA or email (enamorte92 at gmail dot com) if you wish to use my images in this way.

- I would like to make wallpapers out of your art to share them on -website-, would you allow that?

- As I stated above, I do not allow my images to be edited. If you are wanting to make them from my tubes which you've purchased from CDO, then you need only follow the terms of use provided on their site. Other than that, I must say no.

- Can I tube -x image-? It will only be for my own use and I promise I'll give you credit.

- NO, absolutely not. I already offer tubes through CDO. If the piece you want to use isn't there, let me know, and I'll see what I can do.

- Would you mind if I got some of your artwork as a tattoo?

- For the most part, sure, I don't mind. There are some pieces which are rather personal to me that would prefer you not (mainly just my Amethyst Eyes stuff), but as for the rest, go for it.

- I would like to enquire about licensing your work for use on my product/s, would you be interested?

- I can't answer that off hand, as it really depends on what the product is, but please note that I will not offer my images for sale in digital form. My work is currently already licensed through:

Creative Design Outlet (Paint Shop Pro tubes)

Heaven and Earth Designs (cross stitch charts)

-Thanks for reading. :)

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AlwaysTemptingFate Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member
I am completely blown away by your art, I haven't stopped browsing through it all morning. Just...wow. Kudos to you for being so exceptionally talented :)

I believe I have a new favorite artist!
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Kunstfehler Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
I rarely write comments, but wow. 
Your art reminds me of "Tim Burton" a little bit. 
If you are ever open i will really order , your whole gallery is so awesome. 
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HandsOffMyChocolate Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Wow, I just came across your gallery by chance - and what a chance it was! Your artwork is absolutely beautiful! Completely made my day. :heart:Added to my devWatch! 
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014   Digital Artist
Glad to hear that, thank you so much! :D
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Alessa-DW Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the watch!!!Hug Your gallery is absolutely amazing!!!
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