The painter has to unlearn the habit of thinking that things seem to have the colour which common sense says they ‘really’ have, and to learn the habit of seeing things as they appear.
What Are We Doing Here?
Yesterday marked the one-month anniversary of my new combined blog and website, and a little over four years since I initially started my art blog.
When I began my blog, I did not have a clear idea of why I was starting a blog (read my tiny first post). I started it because I could, I guess.
Over the years, I have used my blog to post my new work, my art news, invitations to and photos from my art openings. I’ve also published reviews of other exhibits, class notes from classes I have taken (going all the way back to art school), and a few how-to’s and reviews that may be of interest to other artists.
I don’t really know how many people have read my blog; I seem to get about 125 visitors a day, though very few have commented.
So I ask myself, why am I here? What am I doing? Does it matter?
Well, of course it matters.
More importantly, why are you here? Who are you? What do you find of interest here?
Partly, I write this blog for myself, and I’m sometimes a little surprised and always gratified when I find that others are reading it. For me, it’s a good record to look back and see my thoughts and progress over time.
But I also hope that other artists will read some of what I’ve written and find something for themselves here. Even more importantly, I hope that I will develop new relationships with artists from all over the intertubes, and that we can share thoughts, insights, and information.
I love art and I love artists, and I would really love to have more involvement with more artists — both online and in person — but we’re a busy bunch, and often we keep to ourselves a bit. So, if you’re an artist and you’re reading this, why not say ‘hi’ and let me know who you are and what kind of work you do?
I also hope that friends, family, fans, collectors, curators and all art lovers find my babblings to be enlightening in some way, and — let’s face it — I hope more people who visit here will find my work appealing, and decide that a painting or two of mine hanging in their house or business would make them happy.
So, dear reader, if you’re reading this (doh!), let me know you were here, and tell me what you would like to hear about from me. I have a lot of ideas for future posts, but I’d like to know what you might want to hear about. If it’s something I know something about, I’ll do what I can.
And most importantly, please tell me about yourself — who you are, what you do, what you love, and why you’re here…