Hate is a very strong and disgusting thing to exist, and often goes to those least deserving of it. And believe me @euclase you don’t deserve any of it.
But I’m sure you already know that. I see posts where the hate gets too much which is definitely understandable. And it isn’t right. It isn’t right that an inspiring person like you gets so much hate, so I’m going to make this post about all the ways you’ve helped me.
First, you inspire me with your art. Which is obvious. But there’s something insanely special about it, something more real than any photograph can ever portray. In such subtle ways I feel energy and beauty beneath the piece, I feel the serene calm of the process and the product. If I were to list out my favorite artists, realist painters normally don’t make it that high up there, I think it’s because you like art that you want to imitate and I don’t want to make realism. But there is something so insanely powerful in your work- every single one of your paintings- that I so desperately try to recreate when I draw anything. And it’s the passion behind it. I don’t know how you do it, and I’m sure it’s unintentional, but i love your work beyond words because of the power it carries.
Second, you inspire me with your words. Whenever you respond to hate (and I hate that you have to in the first place) you are always wise and profound. On uncountable occasion I’ve quoted you to my friends family and classmates, and a lot of your words have anchored in my heart somewhere close to a belief system. The thing you said about talent not existing and it is only a word people use to excuse themselves for not working towards something- you put to words something I never could. “You don’t ask a marathon runner why he wouldn’t use a car to get to the finish line” or something like that is INSANELY profound. I could go on and on.
And lastly you inspire me by your example. You endure so much. So much more than you deserve. And you’re still posting art regularly. That kind of strength is unimaginable to me, and you inspire me to continue drawing no matter what anyone might say about it.
And the thing is, people often look at work that’s perfect like yours and get insanely confused. They’re confused how someone as incredible as you can exist. I for one am completely and utterly thankful for your existence and for your posting of art. You don’t owe us that, especially not after how some people treat you, and yet here you are.
This post has gotten rambly and long, and there’s a chance you won’t even see it, but after seeing so much hate for you and feeling like there isn’t much I can say to make you understand how much you mean- not only to me but to others as well- I needed to do something to try to communicate all of this.
I hope you never stop inspiring us and blessing us with your artwork. You are more than we deserve.