Everyone here at Creative Courage would like to bid you welcome to our numbers. I (the founder) especially want to welcome you and encourage you to be creative! I also want to encourage you to ask questions and read the "Understanding the Lay of the Land" journal in the journal tab. We are generally pretty accepting here at Creative Courage, but this will give you an idea of what is not so accepted.
Also, take a look at our gallary. This will also give you a good idea of what is accepted. Items in the "Most Creatively Courageous" folder are outstanding examples of what is considered courageously creative, as these items were added there by myself, or a member of the administration who deemed these superbly courageous where art is concerned.
So, why the name, "Creative Courage"?
Art is about being creative, of course. But, often times there is a certain perimeter as to what is expected of art in our world. For example: in the sixth grade I had an art teacher who would not accept assignments if it had a depiction of the sun in it. She believed that when a student drew the sun, it made it look childish and unrealistic. Realism was her goal, and anything outside of that was taboo.
Your entire life, people are going to tell you what is expected of you in your art. This is your chance to prove to them that their expectations were false. This is your chance to draw a sun, and make it shine.
Of course, another question that may come to light is this: who are you to decide whether things are courageously creative or not?
I am not here to dictate how you do your are. Rather, I am here to encourage you that being creative is an entirely personal aspect. However, there are certain things that have been seen over, and over, and over again. Portraits, for example, are a common form of art. Although a portrait can be well done, and display an incredible amount of detail etc., the portrait itself is nothing that is out of the ordinary.
I am accepting art based on this one thing, and this one thing alone: have I seen this before?
This question can come in several different forms. Have I seen this subject matter before? Have I seen this depiction of the subject matter before? Have I seen it from this perspective before? Have I seen it in this light before? If the answer to any of these questions is NO, then your piece will show up here.
So, do your best to be creative, and the rest will follow! I am excited to see what shows up here!