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Personal Letter by San-T Personal Letter by San-T
I don't expect anyone to read all of it, it is just something I had to get off my chest.

Someone who immigrated at least once, might understand it.. I personally immigrated 3 major times and moved a whole a lot overall.
People often try to label you to make it easier for them to understand by where you live or by where you are from. I get a lot of nice comments generated from the fact that I currently live in Canada.. As much as I love it here, I can not really relate to anything.

I have little sentiment for materiality, having to pack all my life in 2 suit cases at the most and leave all the rest behind over and over again, forced me to understand how little I need to survive. I don't know how justified this feeling is, but I have constant pain for all the art work I left behind, my childhood drawings are gone and it is something that I will never be able to see again. The skull that I made from clay when I was 13 years old, which is in my mind my greatest achievement considering the age I was when I made it, was lost in the period of the last 3 years and I have no idea how or where.

I am enriched by all the cultures of the places that I have visited, but I have no heritage or sense that I belong anywhere.

Being asked “where are you from?”, I take a moment to analyze the person that asks the question, trying to figure out what kind of an answer he/she can understand better... To a random stranger on the internet, my answer is always “earth”.

I am completely ignorant to all the holidays of the place where I live, I can't relate, and to be honest, it's too much to remember.

The term “home” is alien to me, going by the definition that home is where your loved ones are – my home is all over the place. I don't really feel safe no matter where I live, it's a time thing, tomorrow it might be a new place. I guess the only thing that I could call home is the house where I lived till I was 5, it had a big backyard where I could play freely, I loved the people who lived in it, I felt safe there, my dog was there...At the time I did not live anywhere else so it really was the only place I ever belonged to.

When we move, there is often a feeling that we no longer have roots, instead we grow wings in order to survive.

At the moment I am going through the hardest experience I have ever went though, spinning off the idea that I have wings, I feel tied to this place while I'm being completely torn apart by the desire of being somewhere else.
Putting this experience in a visual image, I see a bird, tied by its leg to something grounded and unmovable, trying to fly away. Birds, same as many caged animals, often put up such an incredible fight to get free that they can kill themselves in the process... All that is left now is no more than few feathers.

This is by far the most personal, sentimental and literal piece I have ever made. I poured all my thoughts mixed with tears onto the blank canvas, taking my own advise that writing things down might help. Indeed it helped, everything I had bottled up and was not and am not able to say out loud is now here for everyone to see, without actually being able to see it.
I wrote on my blog a while ago, about creating a composition from the written text if anyone is interested in trying it out... [link]

Acrylic on 16x20" / 40x50 cm canvas.
Technique - All of it was painted in black and white, the colors are glazed on.

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kyri-IS-dark Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
beautiful piece.... love the detail and colours
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San-T Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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ZvaSofia Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is sooo cool
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San-T Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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Vidom Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, wherever your body is moved, looks like your own land is between your heart and soul. And it's a growing land, getting wider and wider day by day. Sadly, also losses makes it larger and deeper.
I'm glad you can take pictures of it to show us how it looks like.
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San-T Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Really well said, thank you :hug:
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Vidom Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure, I love your paintings :-)
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undefinedreference Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
I was thinking "sad" when I saw this image and then I read the description and now I understand it better. I got uprooted at the age of 4 and I've still not managed to settle in after 40+ years. But it doesn't seem to bother me any more either. After tons of failed attempts and trouble, flight seems to have become my second first nature. I crashed a decade ago but managed to get airborne again, though in a "lite" version in terms of expectations from life. "In Thrust We God" used to be my motto but it no longer is.. You make very strong visual statements btw.
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San-T Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for sharing your story and for the comment!
What do you think one should do when they crash and discover that their wings are broken?
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undefinedreference Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Rely on one's self-healing property:)
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San-T Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well said!
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FatalFreedom Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Awesome.
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San-T Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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Corviid Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautifully said, and I LOVE pieces like this with such intense personal stories behind them.

This one in particular I can relate to. I did a piece about the exact same thing (although, as always, approached from a different set of experiences): [link]

I almost have the opposite problem, I am constantly trying to bring about change, and part of that is becoming a compulsive minimalist. I got rid of almost all of my art pieces I made before a few years ago. I tend to believe that as artists we are conduits through which objects pass. They come into our possession as incomplete, and they go back out into the world - after a while in our world - transformed. (I do think losing something is a different, more painful experience than sending it out, but maybe the same meaning can apply anyway).

Also, with the sense of not belonging; I didn't move around a lot, but I did grow up in a cultural vacuum, with no sense of affinity toward a culture or group of people. I used to lament it, and now I see it - especially in my role as an artist - as a grand opportunity, a blank canvas upon which to create my own story, even if it is a bit isolated.

Thanks for creating this piece and taking the time to write about it. It not only helped you, it helps people like me. It's not so lonely knowing I'm in good company with this way of being.
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San-T Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I am in the middle of an inner battle with myself... I was perfectly happy with having just a mattress to sleep on, a laptop, few papers and pencil but then the compulsive hoarder woke up... It has a lot to do with my art practice, I love working with many weird materials.. oh well..
There are bigger things in life to worry about...

Many artists grow and produce art with deep connection and concepts regarding their culture, they make the world listen to what they have to say through their art... Now I become more aware that even if I'll try to do that, I will fail due to the fact that I have no connection to anything and what I'll make will be fake... But after reading your comment, it got me thinking... There might be a place for expressing that exact cultural vacuum and isolation that you mentioned, and that is a topic I know all too well...
The doors of the world are now open and many move around, finding themselves in that situation where they feel lost..

Thank you for your comment and even more for sharing your piece "the specimen", being such a lazy reader I overlooked its meaning the first time I saw it.
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Corviid Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I understand that battle; the way I've resolved it is to observe the tension and revel in it as neither good nor bad, but just as a part of who I am.

Art is not just about the concepts of a culture. Art is produced by the individual, so it's about that individual connecting to what's true within THEM. I find if you're authentic toward yourself - express what is true for you - then you can't go wrong. Don't worry about whether it's contextual or not; it's about you, so it will have a context automatically without you having to 'manually' create one. And yeah, you can connect to that vacuum too: a lot of us experience that so there you really ARE connecting to something universal.
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San-T Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I guess I just have a clear separation in my mind between me just messing around doing something that is fun without thinking.. or simply doing something as a practice.... and something that I really feel that I express myself in.
Concepts in culture was just an example of something that can ground an artist and connect him to the viewer... With that said, I don't quite want to be associated with messing around and practicing when it comes to my art. Most of the artists work around a concept, whether it is a repetitive thing or not, it has to have a focus on something, anything..
For example, my whole 3 colors + series is practice, it has no concept or deeper meaning... Just me, trying to make 3 weird colors work together..
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Corviid Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah, I would agree.. and I don't think everything has to be 'deep' and 'meaningful' either. Play has its place in art; part of why we do this is because we enjoy it (I hope) so it's important to reconnect to THAT as well.
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Stu7art Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
WOW!
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San-T Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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Mewitti Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your story was incredibly moving to read. I grew up in the US Military, moving around every few years, so I had a ragged little core of American-ness to cling to, but for the most part I felt unmoored and homeless my whole life. It hurt a little to hear your description of 'home'... I use the word very strangely compared to my peers, and they always ask why I use 'home' as a synonym for 'place we happen to be sleeping that night.'

Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I'm glad it was able to help you.
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San-T Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sure you have quite a story to tell as well..
Home is a weird word, to some extant, for me it also means the place where I'll be sleeping at that night.. Just deep inside I wish I could have a deeper meaning and a better place to tie this word to.

Thank you for your comment.
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Man, I've moved sometimes, but never that often. I can't imagine what that must feel like. But one thing I do know is that there is a particular person that you can choose to have in your life that is always constant, and always there and will always love you...
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San-T Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That is very true, sadly that person for me is quite far and unreachable at the moment.
Thank you for your comment.
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
You misunderstand my statement, the person I speak of will never be out of reach from you.
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San-T Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I may have misunderstood your statement once again.. the only person that is in reach right now may be a great conversation companion, but not much use other than that.. and as much as I love myself, it's not exactly enough to kill the loneliness =P
The only other thing I can think of, from your signature, has never showed itself in a positive light to me, therefor I choose not to believe in.
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
There are many things that people can be wrong about, and have no consequence. This is not one of those things.

"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
-Matthew 24:5

Many times I see people saying they are Christ, but are not. I see people say that they know Christ, but show actions that prove otherwise. There are many denominations under the term "Christianity" but hardly are any of them actual born-again believers. Don't refuse yourself the most glorious thing in existence because of trickery of the world. If you'd like to see how beautiful Jesus' love is, I'll give you these verses (even if you don't have a bible, here is a [link] that has an online bible)
Ephesians 2:4-5 "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;"
1 John 3:1 "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not."

Reading through the Gospel you find that Jesus and God are truly beautiful (and one and the same, but that's for another time) and very different from what everyone else seems to show God as (an angry executioner basically) and he will never leave or forsake those who are his.
Psalm 55:22 "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee"
Micah 7:7 "Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me."
1 Peter 5:7 "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
These are only a few of well over 50 verses that show that he loves you, and if you call out to Jesus, and accept him, he will never leave or forsake you. You have nothing to lose by accepting Jesus, but have everything to lose by rejecting his love. Please, consider this seriously, it truly is the most important thing you'll ever decide on. If you have further questions or comments or something, I'll be happy to answer them.

Also, sorry that it took so long to respond, just been a little hectic, but it's all good now, I managed to get a response in.
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San-T Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
My grandfather read me the Bible 2 times in my childhood, I also spent 9 years of my life studying Tanakh (teaching, prophets, writings – the Hebrew Bible).
Taking aside my personal bad experiences encountering religion, which this conversation already, as minor as it is, adds to that list.
My suggestion to you is to try to not glorify few lines but take the time to read it again and look at the big picture, the original, not the edited versions. Even if you bake a cake, you need to add a pinch of salt to balance things, you can't have the good without the bad.
My impression was that it's a book about human and godly errors to learn from, not to glorify Jeasus, but I might be mistaken.....

Another thing I'd like to comment on is what you said “he will never leave or forsake those who are his.” Technically, everyone are his, we are all children of Adam and Eve – his creation, but he was the one who picked favorites and forsaken the others.

I live by just one rule. Don't do to others what you don't want to be done to yourself.

I know your intentions were good and I truly appreciate it, but please be more accepting of others...
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abyssalprince Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
First off, it is not your place to judge or speak of consequences

Luke 6:37
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

Secondly, if your mean is to convert I do not believe she is interested and you should leave it be

Matthew 10:14
And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town

You say you see others claim they are Christ and are not and those who say they know him but their actions show otherwise. Does this mean you are without reproach? That you have not acted against the words of Jesus Christ?
It is impossible to be without sin so one must ask for forgiveness in the views of Christianity. To accept and ask for forgiveness. However one is not to judge or pass condemnation upon others. And if your words are not going to be received you are to not press the issue.
You speak of different denominations of “Christianity” yet speak of it as if you follow the only true path. How are you to know you are right and others are wrong? What if the church is not what Jesus had in mind for worship what if the book of Thomas and its teaching are correct? In the book of Thomas it says.

"Jesus said... the Kingdom of God is inside you, and all around you, not in mansions of wood and stone. Split a piece of wood... and I am there, lift a stone... and you will find me."

The book of Thomas was created around the same times as the books included in the bible.

And yet again it proves you judge that is not what Jesus spoke of. Forgiveness and acceptance is what you should be going for here.Since you are such a big fan of the quotes from the bible what about the contradictions common place in the bible? Why don’t you look up all these quotes and look for a logical solution

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I've gone on for too long I’m afraid so I should bring this to a close. Your tried to convert one who did not want to be converted, you judged and condemned her if she did not make the right decision, which in your mind is the decision you made. You judged entire groups of people for their worship of Jesus Christ, and god, because they do not worship him the way you do. You have no room to speak on these matters as you are not the one who will judge. Therefore I ask you simply and politely to let it go, walk away and wash your hands clean of the situation in which you are ill informed and therefore not qualified to speak on. I wish you all the best of luck in this life and the afterlife you believe in. may your god show you the way, if he exists.
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I'm well aware that I am not to judge others, and judgment was no the purpose, intent, or meaning of my initial post. I wouldn't try to judge people for I of all people know how unqualified I am to do so, and that was the last thing I wanted anyone to get from my post. Although I understand how one would mistake my post for one trying to be judgmental, especially since I should have put my response in a note to keep it from seeming like an outward accusation, and for that I apologize, San-T.

I am also aware that I'm not to press the matter on people who don't want it. But again I also was not trying to do so. When they had first stated that they had never seen that in a good light, it seemed as if they were implying that I was welcome to try and show them something that they hadn't seen before if I felt I had something. I should have gotten clarification rather than assume this, so again, I apologize.

I also didn't try to witness to this person with that post. That post was to see if they were interested in wanting to hear more, then the witnessing would follow. Witnessing is a lot more than that post said, and with the previous statement in mind I tried to say something that might make them want to ask questions or implore, and even say that they weren’t interested for whatever reason; it was to see if their curiousity for the subject would allow me to go through. I know that I must shake the dust from my feet if they don’t hear, but I must first see if they want to hear, and running away at the first sign of denial wouldn’t really be seeing if they want to hear. I’ve been talking like this to people for a while, and I’d have to say that you’re the first person I’ve seen who had called it judging. But I find this to be helpful, I wouldn’t likely have ever found out how my way of approaching people if someone didn’t mistake it for what it wasn’t, and I think I can try to make my approach different to try and make it seems less like judging.

I agree that forgiveness is what should be what is preached, but with my previous statement it can be seen that I must first see if they want to hear the rest before I can give it all.

I also made no deliberate indication that I was somehow without reproach; you missed the point of that quote. I also did not mean to sound as if I was attacking any denomination of Christianity, and I don’t particularly place myself within one, neither do I attend to any physical church, so considering that your statements concerning that will have little bearing.

In all, I have not judged any one, church, or practice, nor have I tried to place myself above any other person, practice, church and such, for judging requires a lot more than what people realize, among them being intent, and as I have stated before, it was not my intent to judge anyone. I have spoken what was written, and even though I may not have done it in the best way possible, it hardly means that I was being judgmental and lofty minded. Though, I am glad that you saw someone that you believed to be wrong according to scripture and reproved said person, and that you have shown a studious mind in the scripture, thank you. Like before, I have not ever had a problem with someone else about how I approach others before, but if you feel like I could do it better, I’d be glad to hear it (maybe in a note)

I don’t see where your claim to alleged contradictions have in this, but I would like to point out that the ‘contradictions’ that people find are misunderstandings of the text.
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PokeTheRock Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
i really like this and also the story that goes with the picture, makes it even more emotinal.

I moved 7 years ago to a different country and I still feel like an outsider but I don't really fit in where I once came from either....
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San-T Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That is very true, I could not be able to fit in if I had went back anywhere... Different places and experiences really do change us.
Thank you.
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shaq-fu-yung Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your words gave me alot of pause for thought once I looked back at the piece. I wouldn't like to presume anything, but I would like wish to you luck. Beautiful work.
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San-T Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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LightrayPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Soooooooooooooo where are you from?
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San-T Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm from earth, you? =]
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LightrayPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I read your description. Sad. Um. I am not from earth.
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San-T Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Lucky you!
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Queensies Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The pain you channel into this piece is powerful. Thank you for sharing. I find that sharing art is in itself a very scary process. Your baring your most vulnerable self to the world. Kudos to you for having the courage to do it, time and time again.

Perhaps it may not be my position to say this but I think perhaps: instead of thinking of the pieces you have made in earlier years as lost.... consider the lack of materialism around your life as the possibility of always having a fresh beginning. You are free to explore new places and new aspects of yourself. Create the life you want you want. Create who you want to be. Don't forget you are ALREADY AMAZINGLY TALENTED and COURAGEOUS! You are not walking around with nothing :)
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San-T Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It took me nearly whole day to put this one up, so thank you for saying how sharing art is a scary process, nice to know that I'm not the only one who feels that way.

I think the part that bothers me the most about those pieces being lost is that I lack this visual progression and growth as an artist from the early age. I have had many fresh beginnings and it really was great, shedding those layers and becoming someone new. Just at times it was hard to want to create something and no longer having any paint =P

Thank you for your kind words, means a lot to me =]
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kniggets Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:wow: I have always loved your art an know the passion that you put into it!! :hug:

after reading your story i can understand how you feel about Canada their bacon is weird!! i have traveled their and tasted it :giggle: that and they have two one letter words I and A :lmao:

I know your feeling of not belonging even when you are "home" and the from the heart story you wrote it is very touching and sincere. I have seen things in this world nobody should ever see or experience. those things that hurt the most are the ones in my opinion that allow us to grow and turn into inspiration that makes us better people. I dont know your story in detail and feel bad that you have had to leave so much of your artwork and possessions behind as they are clearly a part of you. at some point you will look back and hopefully see how all of your negative experiences have shaped you into who you will intimately become.

it is glad to read that there are times when you remember better days while you were younger. i know by always thinking about the good and not dwelling on the bad makes all of the difference in the world. it sure helps getting by during the worst of times :tighthug:

Thank you for sharing what you put into you amazing art!! you have a wonderful talent!! I love having your gallery in my watch list it has been a pleasure viewing your work.

If there is anything that i maybe able to assist you with please dont hesitate to ask.
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San-T Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, I can't really comment on the bacon.. Before Canada I lived in Israel, no bacon there... so I have no habit of eating it xD

I completely agree, all the hard times truly shaped me into the person that I am today... Even though I see myself as damaged goods in some aspects because of it, I still have a lot to offer.

In a way, the good memories is something that I know I'll never have again, which makes it hard to focus on the good... But I hope that one day I'll have something better and I'm looking forward to that. So I don't dwell on the past but look forward to the future.

Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to comment :hug:
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kniggets Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
not damaged at all. educated the hard way about the real world there are so many people with petty problems or experiences and the ones with the real problems and omg experiences hardly ever mention them at all other the a reference here or there :hug:

your good will always find you. i have learned you will never find perfect you just have to try to be perfect and it will find you. not that it has really worked that well for me but i know if i keep trying to be what i would like then one day what i need will find me. that is sad you are so far away from a place you love

you will never get those memories back but i am sure you will have better ones for yourself or create better memories for someone else :hug:

sorry to rant :) oh and you aren't missing anything with the bacon up there it isn't real :nana: Canadian bacon
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San-T Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's almost funny to think about it, but the place that I loved doesn't even exist anymore, what's left of it doesn't resemble even remotely to what I remember.
Every place has its problems, but as children we are often not exposed to them, therefor, many people have good and nostalgic childhood memories...

Life is a roller coaster, always goes up and down.. that is what makes it fun, doesn't it? =]

The good may have already found you, it's just easy to get caught up in all the bullshit that sometimes we don't notice it..
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kniggets Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I am sorry to hear that it doesnt exist anymore. I would hate to know that a memory and the place that created such a happy memory is gone.

yeah if we didn't have downs we would never know the up and value them :D

oh getting caught up in the moment and becoming so focused is a flaw i think everyone has done quite a few times. that is a very very powerful statement you make!! :wow:

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San-T Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm it got me thinking.. the place is gone for me by the mare fact that climbing on trees and playing with the chickens wouldn't make me as happy now as it used to... Since as we grow up, we can't shut out all the problems that we simply weren't exposed to as children...

It's interesting to look deeper into the two sides of the coin for every situation that we experience...
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kniggets Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
so true!! the other side of the coin tells its own stories from its point of view :hug: it takes someone who can step out of the here and now to see that. having the ability to do that takes a great person :D
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Great textures.
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San-T Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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Valorie13 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
It is a powerful piece. I loved it as soon as I saw the thumbnail. Then I read the story that accompanies it and I am totally blown away.

I have never immigrated anywhere. I have lived the majority of my life in the same area. I am Canadian and proud of it.

Having said that, however, I can relate to your desire to belong. Humans are herd animals. No one likes to think of ourselves that way. They prefer to believe we have evolved past that nonsense, but if that were true then why do we live in cities? It's because there is safety in numbers. Very few of us want to be alone.

I have also faced the "void". I suffered depression at one point in my life. There are times when I still feel the echoes of that time. I am struggling with my own sense of self at this moment. Maybe it is why I love your pieces so much. I recognize the emotions you are expressing in them.

I do believe things will get better but the process is not an easy one. You have friends here. :butterfly:
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