I think a lot of people are feeling very pessimistic about 2022, and with good reason; we've had 2 pretty hard years now full of loss and stagnation. I am trying to stay positive and hope for the best.
I've been stuck in a creativity slump for several weeks. I finally put some art together this weekend, so here it is!:
I was inspired by the painting of Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais, a portrait of poor Ophelia who fell into a stream and drowned while grieving for her father who was murdered by her lover, Hamlet.
It's important to remind myself sometimes to make art for me. I wanted to put that out there for everyone else, too - make art for yourself. Sure, we make art to make money. We make art because we think someone else will like it, because it might be popular with the masses. Sometimes we make art because it's quick and easy, but don't forget why you started making art in the first place - because it was fun and it felt good. Because it awoke something in your soul that you didn't know was there. Because you needed to.
So make time to make art just to make art. Make art for you.