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When life gets crazy (as happens, from time to time) I find solace in my art. For years, I picked up brushes and canvas or paper and lost myself in color and images just to "get out of my own head". When I started using digital art programs, I found that I could paint in random intervals while dealing with the daily chores that I needed to do. There was no need to worry that my paint would dry out or that my canvas wouldn't be ready when I found a spare 15 minutes. I was simply free to create - any time I needed to.
Art can be frustrating - who hasn't been 85% finished with a piece and then had one random brush stroke or slightly off color make all the hard work seem futile? When that happens to me now, I simply photograph the work and take it into a digital platform. What I wind up with is something totally different and unique - and knowing that any mistake can be corrected on my computer has made me a better artist. Much better.
My digital art hasn't replaced putting brush to paper. Actually, it has made me more eager to pull out the palette and materials and just freely experiment. The digital art world has made me a better photographer as well - even those "bad" shots that hold meaning to me have the potential to become exciting images or parts of images.
Because I have found so much freedom in my art through my use of digital products, I have created a blog series of tutorials and tips for other artists who want to explore their creativity in new ways. Join me on sandandchi.com to check out the posts and maybe I can help you see your art in a brand new way.