Hello to those following my blog! After people complained that they were not getting my posts, I did some investigating, consulted with someone who knows more than I do about computers (the field is vast), and finally discovered that I have been putting my blog onto a static page and not making “posts” that would actually get sent to people. Oh.
So I will post my blog entries to date, starting from its inception this April. I’ll send them every week or so until I catch up with the present; I don’t want anyone to feel overwhelmed with emails! Just skip them if it seems like too much to read.
Welcome to my blog. (finally)
April 10, 2014
Finally, finally, finally I am actually starting a real blog! I have been inspired by participating in Kat Sloma’s “Liberate Your Art” project. Kat is a photographer in Oregon, and she has been organizing this event for years, but this is the first time I have participated. What fun! You make five postcards of your art (I took photos and taped them to card stock), then mail those with postage and self-addressed mailing labels to Kat. She (with the help of twenty of her best friends, I hope!) mixes them, and sends them out again, so that each participant gets half a dozen postcards over a period of three weeks, five from various artists and one from Kat.
Kat asks that you include a message of encouragement on your postcard, so lucky me, I got six messages of encouragement! And this happened during Vermont’s Mud Season, when we need all the encouragement we can get. The timing could not have been better. For three weeks, I happily looked forward to the mail on Mondays and Thursdays, knowing there would be something other than bills and junk mail.
Making art can be an isolating undertaking. I have the good fortune of frequently painting in the company of an artist friend or two, and it makes a huge difference to have the company of someone else engaged in the creative process, even if we are mostly silent while painting. In addition, I am new enough at art to need regular feedback, and my painting companions have been generous with it. As we have gotten more comfortable together, our comments have been less tentative (“You may disagree, but….”) and more forthright (“I think you should put some red here!”). We trust that we are each perfectly capable of disagreeing. The artistic vision belongs to the artist, and there is no arguing with that. In my experience, it’s awfully hard to improve at something unless you have someone else occasionally telling you what you did right and where to correct course. I am grateful that I have that.
A foot of snowpack still here in north central Vermont. But the first of my snowdrops are blooming (where I strategically planted them next to the foundation of the house), so hope is in the air. I hope you enjoy my blog!