For the past few weeks, I have been driving a campaign to offer support to fellow NFT creators and I must say, I have had the opportunity to come across amazing artwork. It is a real adventure in itself…(Read more about it at the bottom of this page.)
Created by artist Derin Michele (aka deriniti)
What I see
Have you ever tried to get out of a habit? Any little ritual you have that you keep telling yourself you should stop performing until you actually manage to consciously break it off… Until it comes right back!!! Whatever this annoying tiny little quirk is, you believe that once you tame it and achieve a clean life free from it, you will have become that better version of yourself you’ve always aimed for. The more you give credence to this idea, the more you believe it. You start bleaching yourself all over with that desire for purity you’re making up. The more you apply this make-up, the more it covers your “I”. Funny how we are inclined to polish up our eyesight by blocking it with all these beautiful flourishing biases. Let’s not be fooled. Our true colors will always surface. These traits we’re trying to hide are what makes us unique and special. Once we fully accept ourselves as we are, love shines through. Yes, for a time, we may look good in white but self-acceptance must prevail until it feels right.
What I feel
When I asked for her name while gazing at the beauty of this NFT, the name Laura came up. Maybe my mind just made it up because of the flowers, I thought of a beautiful flower (Flora) without room for feelings (minus F). When I look at her, I feel a serious desire for perfection. I feel the weight of her self-criticism. I sense that she is trying to cover herself up in self-righteousness and rectitude as much as she can, but her imperfection keeps rising up to the surface… Still, she doesn’t want to acknowledge it. Instead, she looks straight ahead, trying to see only what image comes through the minuscule tunnels inside the stems of these flowers. I wouldn’t be surprised if she used the same device for breathing… I want to reach out and tell her that the natural color looks better.
I fell in love with that portrait the second I saw it. Just like all Deriniti’s work I have seen, I find a relatable humanity that radiates through. I find a keen ability to illustrate artistically what makes us human. Derin’s work recently made the object of a beautiful article in the great magazine “Creative Talents” (Issue 2: May ’22). The article can be viewed for free here on pages 14 and 15. I invite you to look it up (as well as all the other nice NFTs featured in this publication). Keep up your great work Derin, thanks for sharing your art with the World! 🙏✌️
Here are some more NFTs from Derin (deriniti), do not hesitate to support this artist and her unique work.
About this initiative
For the past few weeks, I have been driving a campaign to offer support (ever humbly) to my fellow NFT creators and I must say, I have had the opportunity to come across amazing artwork. It is a real adventure in itself.
I decided to start writing a few thoughts about random NFTs I reviewed and figured I would create posts on my website in case it interested anyone looking for inspirations on which artists to support or which collections to keep an eye out for.
I am no expert, my only tools are my appreciation of art, my feelings and emotions, my way with words and a true desire to spread positivity in a world where, for the majority, everything is hidden behind by a big cloud of uncertainty.
May this initiative serve its humble purpose and bring support or help or positivity in any way to anyone reading it and to the artists featured in my articles. 🙏