I've learned so much in the past 14 months; artists are not all the same. You cannot lump them into a standard box, address it and ship it off. Hell, I didn't know. I assumed we were all very similar.
We are not.
I won't go into all the different personalities. I suppose that's just a given.. that we are individuals. Let's skip to the good stuff: The Process.
I had never heard of "Projector" art. I quickly found about it though...people will project an image onto a canvas using an actual projector- trace the image - and then paint it. Well, that's the jest of it. I don't know all the details - because I don't do it. It's everywhere. I'm not sure how I feel about it. Isn't that cheating? Or am I comparing an artist to a crafts-person? If so, is there a difference? Or does any of this even matter?
As long as it makes money, it doesn't. Projector art is big and it sells.
So why does it bother me so much? I struggle and battle with creativity: Coming up with fresh, new ideas, which allow me, the artist, to express myself in visual stimulating fashion. I do not find a photo, that I do not have the rights to, and trace it. If only! My life would be a lot easier and my bank account over-flowing!
But my soul would wither and the integrity I have would be lost forever.
I guess that's why it bothers me. I don't cut corners - I paint because I love the process of painting out my emotions onto a canvas - making them available to others. When a painting sells - 99% of the time the buyer understands that emotion. Tracers miss out on that joy.
I'll stick to what I do - for the reasons I do it.