My infiltration on Etsy! Haha! I can't be too blatant there since Etsy close my threads otherwise even though we are not competition to them and we even actively promote Etsy. It's quite tedious and I've written several times to explain but I get no response whatsoever.
Anyway, glad you found us!
Jen, I'm with you on that. I get told time and time again that it's 'pointless' painting something realistically since we can take a photo! Woot? What about the skill involved, the artists' perspective/eye showing what he sees etc. I love realism and I think there's a real place for it.
I see many students come out of art school, as I mentioned here before, and they all have a similar style or formula that they stick to. I think they get taught more how to make a living in the art world and what is expected of them, rather than to be creative.
Looking at that, I'm glad I was not put in a 'box' and I am free to express myself without the shackles of art school. It's bad enough having the shackles of conditioning without needing those as well! lol