For one thing I know that I should not let anything like this bother me or get under my skin because this stuff is not likely to change, if anything it will probably get worse. I've been joining a few different art groups on Facebook so share my paintings, discussion -- what anyone else would do and no, nobody said anything negative about my artwork. Someone posted an oil painting, first one they had ever done, of a nun deep throating a crucifix. Of course, this isn't my sort of thing and although the subject matter is a little off putting it doesn't bother me and I'm all for helping anyone who is wanting to pursue art. However, as you might have imagined a lot of people were bothered by that painting, a lot of negative comments (and the admins were booting many people from the group). For an art group, or people interested in art, I've never seen so many people try to say what art is and isn't and unfairly critiquing this person's painting only because of the subject matter. So what do I do, I chime in.
Yes, making a comparison between oil painting and drag is a bit unorthodox but it is true. Regardless of what people think of drag or that person's painting, it is very much a performing art. Am I correct on that? Or am I off my rocker? (Ok, I'm pretty sure I'm not). Of course, negative comments ensued, the homophobes came out to voice their opinion telling me that no straight person who has a life should think that RuPaul's drag race is art and questions my sexuality and validity of my remarks. I mean what the hell do these people think? I guess I'm supposed to fit some sort of mold or expectation of a complete stranger? What really bothered me was that it bothered him that a straight guy would watch RuPaul's Drag Race, but it's fine if gay guys and women watched it. So I can pretty well sum up this prick's small minded view of the world.My opinion is this. It's art. It is freedom of expression. Simple as that. As an example some people enjoy watching RuPaul's Drag Race, some find it horrible and disgusting but despite everyone's opinion that is still a form of art and like drawing, painting or sculpting -- there's a lot of thought, time and energy put into it all. Is it my cup of tea, not really. As far as being objective and giving advice I always point people to "Draw Mix Paint" on YouTube. There's a lot of good information on how to mix paint and advice on drawing and looks like you already have a pretty good grasp on drawing. Just depends on the style but you might like his style he really focuses on accuracy of color values.
It doesn't end there. Nearly every news article posted has some kind of negative connotation to it, and the TV stations who repost the articles know it, they just want the engagement. There's a lot of FUD surrounding vaccines right now and there were people parrotting the whole anti-vaxxer routine. I made a comment remarking about how much worse the diseases that vaccines protect against over the rare likelihood of a reaction to a vaccines. Someone's reply was that I'm a moron lol. You cannot have a civil discussion with people on social media. It just seems it has become a place to be hateful and hurtful to people behind a keyboard, posting dumb political memes that portray a short sighted stance and stupid memes that go around 40 times. I re-joined Facebook mainly because I wanted to share my artwork and hopefully at some point sell some of it by making people aware that I have artwork to sell, but I have no interest in stupid memes and games that everyone spends their time with. All these pages (news mostly) are more focused on making you outraged about something. Man, I get outraged and angry enough about things, I don't need people telling me what I need to be outraged about or to try to engage someone in what will end up in a shit slinging contest.