I have been seriously disconnected from art for the last year, which is weird because it's been such a huge part of my life for the 10ish years that I've been producing digital artwork. I think the minor successes that I've achieved have gone to my head, set expectations that are unrealistic, and caused me to doubt myself. I'm tired of talking about my art, I just want to make it. These problems all seem to have stemmed from my desire to start turning digital art into canvas pieces and hanging them up in galleries and stuff. There's almost no context for the average person when it comes to digital art. It's often times confusing, and out of place in the physical world. There has to be some explanation of the process for people to even begin to comprehend digital printed artwork, and because that process is so radically different than traditional art, the abstract styles and forms often times are unrecognizable, and unnatural to those who aren't used to seeing the result of photoshop/painter/3D.
Is it cool educating people about digital art? Yeah, kinda. But that's not what inspires me. Here online there is an understanding, and appreciation for how it's made, what styles it derives its look from, and how it's (hopefully) changing digital art. I think being humble, and tuning out the static noise of artistic critique and praise is the way to go for me.