Friday, April 17, 2009
What Am I Doing Here?
My bloggerversary has come and gone, sometime in January, but I am very much aware I've come full circle, and it's a problem. There are times when I struggle, what new thing do I have to say? Last year, everything rested on the changing seasons of nature; I was also newly exploring the medium of coloured pencil which made capturing the moment very exciting. It still is, but I'm finding blogging about it more difficult. I work on images that are not finished in time for a blog post. Remember my lovely escapade in the sink hole? The day it happened, no image came to mind. One sleepy morning, I flashed on a finished piece; it is only now at the stage of being lightly pencilled onto 'good' paper. The two ACEO's above are part of the work I did getting to that place, searching for themes, experimenting with different types of paper (yupo, which I didn't like), and inktense pencils, trying out the colours; and here I am, writing a blog post as a clear act of procrastination, afraid to proceed.
I've had this conversation before, with myself, and with my coffee-shop friend. I asked her, 'what is my blog about? I can't always write about the forest?'. She told me my blog was about my life as an artist, and that includes my art, how it's done, and what inspires. Seemed like a good answer at the time.
I've been reading other blogs (too few, but as long as I'm on dial-up, it will have to remain that way) and I find that I truly enjoy reading the small details of your life. Not always; if you have an art blog, I expect art. If you have a nature blog, I expect nature, but life's diversions make you interesting. Your humanity is interesting, but I always ask myself, is mine?
That said, I'll continue along, writing posts about what compells me. I'll be adding a few 'how to's' while I go along, but this never has been a 'how to' blog, and won't be. There's plenty of good books out there. I'll continue posting my own artwork, as this is a challenge that spurs me on even when the muse abandons me--I hope you don't mind the rough sketches, and irrelevancies; knowing I can post a piece to the blog prods me into finishing. And hopefully, now again, I'll have a good story to tell (but I don't intend to get stuck in a bog again anytime soon).