In my early acquaintance with blogging art back in 2005, I remember being stuck; I wasn’t sure if the watercolors I painted were interesting enough to share, and I couldn’t think of much to say about them. (That last part will make my family laugh – but really, writing is different than talking all the time.) I deleted posts retroactively on a regular basis, after time gave me fresh eyes on art that needed more than I had skills to convey.
Now that blogging is part of my usual studio practice, I’m rarely at a loss for something to write about. I don’t delete posts any more either, since I think it’s important to document and share progress, authentically. I keep notes on share-worthy topics I stumble upon – in both watercolor & printmaking, and that practice started the linklove series; sharing other artists whose blogs and youtube channels inspire to me. My schedule might constrict writing daily posts, but if I can tap out one or two a week, I’m happy with that output.
One of the most rewarding aspects of blogging has been the community. (That would be you.) Art-making alone in the studio is something I thoroughly enjoy, but it’s also a treat to take a break, and visit artists – face to face, or when time is too tight for that – visiting virtually – via that gift of blogs and social media. I’ve been fortunate to befriend incredible artists online who post regularly, so we get to share everything from studio set up, to latest work, which piques my curiosity and lures me to visit again and again. The communication between artists is an enormous boost too; encouraging comments, great feedback, and shared discoveries about supplies, tips & tricks, and other artists to cull even more inspiration from. Where would we be without this amazing conduit of community? When my artist friends post something splendid, I race to my brushes to get started on something new. It makes me try harder. Nothing bridges a slump like another artist relishing great personal or professional success. It means there’s hope for everyone else too (if we reach for it). 🙂 Happy making to you! Please do share your work with us, and thanks for visiting!
Why can a young student, incapable of doing even a mediocre picture, do a marvelous sketch? It is because the sketch is the product of enthusiasm and inspiration, while the picture is the product of labor, patience, lengthy study and consummate experience in art.
Denis Diderot, 1713-1784