Why is the traffic for this forum extremely low? There should be more serious artists discussing art here, in a candid manner. This forum needs life and should be about art, artists, what inspires them and pushes them to create. This should be a venue for known artists and unknown artists to come together on a common ground as artists and discuss theories, ideas, and so forth. People should be more active in actually writing about art, making art and elaborating on these projects.
Most artists today have "how to" theories, I think we should begin to discus "why" theories in order to explore deeper connections between the art and the artists. We should encourage artists to share their stories of how they became artists, when they learned that they were artists.
Sure, some pencil sketches here and there are alright, and some one-shot pieces can be somewhat appealing but it is like art critic David Hickey mentioned, that most people today do not want to aspire for greatness, they settle for a paycheck and mediocrity. No one is pioneering, leading anything. The art scene is practically stale and I think this site can become a catalyst for a larger global network to help bring fresh ideas, different ideas that challenge pre-established and institutionalized concepts of art and art education.
I personally have several essays i am writing regarding art, specifically in my field which is Islamic art. I have been told by other artists that they have never heard of someone with a similar approach to art. I came here because I was looking for a venue that was focused solely on art. And I think this site is perfect for such an endeavor.
Narrated 'Ubaada bin As-Saamit رضى الله عنه: I heard Allah's Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم saying, "The first thing created by Allah was the pen. He said to it, 'Write!' It said, 'O Lord! What should I write?' Allah Said, 'Write down the destiny of every thing until the Final Hour (as per my Will).'" [Ahmad] http://www.abdushakur.com http://www.lastgrasp.com