I am really not into creating a lot of DA drama, as most of you who know, but I've experienced something the last few months as I've come back to DA that really bothers me. As my fractal skills increased, I joined a few of the more advanced digital clubs. I don't believe I will ever make a living out of my art, but would like to build up a reputation as an artist beyond the fractal community, which I believe is the only way I'll increase the sales of my prints enough to pay for my premium membership.
Until my return, I have offered up some of my best work to these groups and frankly, have rarely had my pieces rejected. Lately, however, I can't seem to get my work accepted by at least three or four of the more advanced digital clubs. I did not have this problem before. It makes me question if the digital community as a whole is rejecting fractals as an art media (or at least the admins of these groups), or is it just my work.
I have noticed that some galleries of these groups have very few fractals (some of them don't even have a folder for fractals even though they say they welcome fractal work). Some of them seem to accept pretty much anything certain fractalists produce (I am not naming names or blaming anyone. I'm just stating what I've observed. I am also not naming particular groups either because I don't want people running off to comment on their pages.) This journal entry is not about retribution, it's about comparing notes.
I'm not the kind who just walks off an un-joins groups unless I believe that the admins are being very inconsistent about their choices (ei showing favoritism) or if everything I submit is rejected (Unless I want to collect their art, what's the point of belonging to a group that doesn't like anything you do?) I did, however, recently leave one group because of a note I was sent, which I considered a little rude, about how the quality of my work did not meeting their "standards". That same group contained recently uploaded fractal works that looked like random flames generated in Apophysis. I do not consider myself a master by any means, but I am well beyond beginner. If a group has standards they should stick by them.
People do occasionally make comments like "all you do is press buttons". So does a photographer, so what? It takes an artist to design something that has form and composition, something that is pleasing to the eye. It takes me days to do some of the fractals I post, and it took a few years to become more proficient at UF. Besides, I do traditional art as well and I was actually working my skills back up to par before my toddler granddaughter came to live with us. It's difficult for me to work on a watercolor or oil painting while trying to watch a two-year-old, so for the time being, I'm concentrating on fractals.
What I'd like to know is if any of my fellow fractal artists are having the same problems. Do you personally think the admins of other digital artists are getting a little picky about the fractal media? These groups often go through admin changes and I'm beginning to wonder if the artistic climate has taken a leap backwards when it comes to the acceptance of fractals as a legitimate art form.
I'd appreciate your input, but please keep it civil. Rude comments and inflammatory statements will be hidden.