In this post I’m going to be adding the animal activist artwork that I’m making and hoping to do more of. Animal activism about endangered animals, animals rights, veganism, speciesism, animal abuse prevention, spay and neuter to prevent pet over-population etc… those are the causes nearest and dearest to my heart.
I recently created a few pieces on my phone either drawing with my finger or with a cheap stylus. I enjoy working on my phone, especially when I’m tired or not feeling well which seems to be the only time I have time for art these days. Soon I would like to get a better tablet and stylus but for now I make do with what I have. Sometimes the challenge is part of the process. Also some of these are just sketches/ideas for a time when I can translate them into real paintings or more finished art. I do kind of like the difficulty of working on my phone also because sometimes the rougher the execution, the better the art (think of Basquiat). Earlier this year I was painting some animal themed paintings but I got tired of breathing the fumes so until I get a separate art studio I’m not going to paint anymore.
I’ve been trying to create designs about endangered animals and about spay and neuter etc… for many years but took a break from it when my life got too complicated. I did put some animal welfare designs on Zazzle several years ago. Of course it’s much more fun to create artwork that is pretty, funny, cool, sexy etc… than it is to make art that actually makes people think and makes a strong statement about animal rights and other important issues, but art that is fun usually doesn’t make the world a better place. Perhaps if I get better at activist art, it would be fun, but for now it involves researching things that are depressing (like animal cruelty and poaching) and complicated, like trying to figure out what the solutions are and how to motivate people to stop being part of the problem and/or to get involved in the solution.
I know this is may not be the way for everyone, but I’ve come to the conclusion that life is not really meant to be fun, nor even necessarily enjoyed. Happiness is fleeting. Joy, fun and happiness is for babies and children. Adult life for me is about trying to make the world a better place, trying to help prevent humans from harming each other, the animals and the planet and it’s also about mere survival. I imagine most people will disagree with my point of view on that but for me the pursuit of happiness has made me very unhappy. Accepting that life is hard and will always be hard no matter my circumstances seems to be the only way I can function. Maybe I have a vitamin deficiency or when things get better for me someday if they ever do I will feel differently, but for now I give up trying to be happy. Life is hard, life is cruel, life is beautiful but for some reason few of us can ever fully enjoy it’s beauty due to life’s challenges. That is one of the cruelties of life. Think of the animals raised for food. Most of them live their whole life in a barn, never getting to run free, they are all probably in some sort of physical pain from having their beaks or teeth clipped, their horns removed, their tails chopped off (with no anesthetic), the milking machines attached, being force fed etc… They are all probably depressed and tortured by their captivity, by having their babies taken from them, by their abuse. Then after all that suffering, they are slaughtered. As long as they are unhappy, why should I be happy? I guess I am happy I am not one of them but what kind of happiness is that?
Thanks for looking,