It’s not really finished, but I never did “finish” a painting to my satisfaction, I just had to stop before I made it worse. This is the first painting I’m going to show at an anime convention (AnimeUSA in Tyson’s Corner), and I hope someone bids on it at the auction. If not, I get to bring it back and show it with my other paintings, and I’ll start work on the next one or two for Katsucon in February. I have a couple of ideas that I want to paint, I can visualize them, but now all I have to do is paint what’s in my head (that’s “all”, he says! 🙂
It’s not Art, but an incredible simulation!
Okay, so, here’s the deal: When I was in college, and giant reptiles ruled the earth, I used to paint pictures. I don’t know if they were any good, but I liked them, and I really enjoyed the effort to create them. I got the same kind of mental feeling (many people call it “flow”) that I got when I was deeply involved in creating and debugging software. Some say that creation stimulates endorphin receptors, but I don’t know. All I know is, I had to give up painting for 20 years, while I spent all my free time working for companies that, for all my sacrifices for them, only gave me back more requirements and more demands on my time. I’ve been out of work for a few weeks, now, and finally worked up the will to put paint and brush to canvas again. This is what I painted:
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