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What is the force behind your art?
Some artists create because they have to. 
Either they are professionals with assignments or the have an inner urge that demands a response. Maybe it's a quest or a key question that drives them to discover hidden gems, then share them with the world.
It seems quite possible that some artists create because they DON'T have to.
Creating is an enjoyable pastime.  Making art is a response to your love for life.
you dance, drink wine, and let loose with friends.  Work is paying the bills so making art is a slash career or hobby to add to life's flavour.
What ever the reason,  keep making it. The more we create, the easier it flows.
When I got back from up north I did some art on Napkins. I highly recommend this exercise for the first type of artist I described.  Lofty aspirations and perfectionism can hurt the creative flow.  As a result you do less art and the art that you embark on takes forever to do, meanwhile your ideas live and die inside of you because they couldn't get out on time.
Napkin art reduce high expectations, and with minimal preparation, pen to paper happens effortlessly, so the pen keeps moving happily.  Now the flow goes from being a trickle to something with some force behind it.
Bigger projects are less intimidating when you have just banged out 20 small ones. 


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Nathaniel Campbell
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
Born to BC's west coast, I began an interest in art at the age of six.
Taking private lessons at the age of 9, I studied charcoal.
After majoring in art through high school in an advanced placement program, I studied design and illustration at UFV where I received my diploma. The emphasis in that program was visual communication, which plays a key roll in my art today.
Upon graduating I worked with a graphics company that did murals. I learned a lot about planning large scale paintings from Dean Lauze, who was a big contributor in my development as an artist.
In 2005 Joseph, my business partner and brother, and I, started a clothing line called Brethren Empirical which featured graphic art and custom touches. After running Brethren clothing and selling limited run T shirts to boutiques for a few years, I returned my focus to fine art.
While the main medium is oil, the occasional wood piece, gives me a chance to employ the chainsaw. Regardless of medium, nature and natural forms are emphasized in my work, often with strong narratives using a symbolic language. I'm really interested in the power of myths and totems so animals are used for this purpose. Dreams also use a similar type symbolic language to tell us things. Since my dreams have been quite lucid at times, a dream journal has become one resource in producing ideas and images.
My ultimate goal, is to create beautiful work with mystique, to use skill to deliver a message to the heart, and all the while projecting from a place of masculinity.

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Nushaa Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
thank you so much for being a member of my group, Owlies-Inc. it really does mean a lot to me. Heart
N8grafica Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for having me
RitaCosme Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bom trabalho :)
Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD! You have a nice gallery, I love your paintings :nod: Especially 'Summer Descent'
N8grafica Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I appreciate that
Riftress Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you have a lovely birthday! 
N8grafica Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really good. Thanks
turnipBerry Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday. :)
N8grafica Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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