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    I don't understand 'happy' art.

    Just wondering if I'm alone here.

    I've been in a block for a good while now, wasting a lot of paper and materials. All my attempts have been at what I'd call 'cheerful' or 'happy' art. Lots of bright colors, movement, stuff people generally like. Of course, none of it's worked for me.

    Becoming distraught over my inability to create art, I visited my local art museum for inspiration. While browsing, I found a lot of nice pictures, all very pretty, all showing the talent of the artists, but none spoke to me or made me feel any kind of emotion. All of it just felt empty.

    A biography on Andy Warhol was playing, so I decided to sit and watch. The works of his they showed brought the same feeling as before, leaving me frustrated.

    But then, they got into his 'darker' works.

    Images of a woman committing suicide, gruesome car wrecks, the face of a grieving wife at her husband funeral. As I watched, it literally brought me to tears. I can't describe what I felt, but it was so intense that it made me realize:

    I only understand art about suffering and pain.

    This also makes things a bit difficult for me, as an artist, since I am best at portraiture. Also, I don't have much experience in color...

    Anyways, am I alone in this? Is this normal? I'd hate to become one of the stereotypical 'dark, morbid artists,' but I'm afraid it might be all I know.

    I imagine I could have been more to the point, and I apologize if you felt reading this was tedious.
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    My art never speaks to me either. It gets lonely since I spend so much time with her.
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    Meh. What woman isn't from time to time?

    But in all seriousness, I have a pretty okay life. I've been happy for a long time.

    I haven't been able to make art worth finishing (in my eyes) since I graduated highschool in 2010. Nothing speaks to me unless it is ugly or subtly perverse in nature. I think I'm just a cynic, if I'm using that word right.

    Example:

    Five soldiers die, America mourns for weeks.

    Nobody mourns for the homeless dying of hunger. Nobody mourns for the children raped and murdered daily in Africa.

    American soldiers have been known to brutally abuse and torture foreign prisoners while on the night shift as prison guards. And THESE are the people they cry for.

    Ugh. It's the things people don't want to see that I want to bring to light. They NEED to know what the world really is, but I can't find a way to convey it...

    That, and I don't get 'happy' art.

    Hahahah.
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    Stop whinging and get painting.
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    I once knew a girl named April, she was an awful person.

    Because of this experience, and because I see you love applying blanket statements, I can assume that you're an awful person because your screen name has April in it.
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    i can show you some bright colors and movement that would not be considered acceptable by most people.

    It's completely normal to be absorbed by one facet of the arts or another for a while. Dark art is especially attractive if you have a deficiency in that spectrum of your personality. Sometimes it's the only way to eject the backseat drivers of conditioning and psyche that try to run our art.

    "Happy" art is an expression of joy, however in order to be poignant it must also be sincere. There are so many works out there intended only for business and suckering people out of cash. (they are not the same thing) This is the kind of art when we find examples, it is sterile and underwhelming - a weak joy for people who feel little. The idea of portraying misery and suffering requires at least an element of fringe, since it is not socially acceptable, so I would reasonably assume the art on the darker spectrum is going to be of a higher quality as a general rule.

    I wish Elwell wouldn't troll. It's discouraging when everyone else on CA is doing it as well.
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    You probably just dont understand the technique, color and light theory behind it to appreciate it or make it. Dont take this as an offence. I am not claiming im any better than you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AprilDarlene View Post
    American soldiers have been known to brutally abuse and torture foreign prisoners while on the night shift as prison guards. And THESE are the people they cry for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AprilDarlene View Post
    Of course, none of it's worked for me.
    So... have you tried actually drawing/painting morbid art now that you know you like it better?
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    Just out of curiosity.
    Does it have to give a feeling in order for you to like it?
    Are you one of those people who lurk around /b/ on 4chan hoping for gore threads to see if you'll have any feelings from what you see?

    If you want to make happy art, but can't because it gives no feeling, try give the painting a bittersweet story. Maybe a silly idea, but it might help a little?

    If you prefer to do dark art, do dark art. But its good to give other things a try every now and then
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