Friday, July 7, 2006
Why Am I Doing This?
The Light Between, 2006, Oil on Panel, 12x12
William Wray's comment here the other day got me to thinking about why I feel so strongly about writing this blog. It is a major studio time sucker, certainly, and despite having previously put a few things aside in order to focus on my painting, here I am spending too much time sitting on my butt at the computer instead of working in my studio.
To begin with, it helps me to organize my thoughts and my time. Like many artists I have a difficult time writing and talking about my art and while I still hesitate to apply meaning to my work, I am getting better at discussing what I do and how I do it. We'll see if I am any better at writing statements-I should probably rewrite my artist statement soon and this weekend I have to write a statement about the body of work that will be in the show in Cape Cod next month. I have been putting it off, but now I really have to just dive in, I guess.
I have always been interested in writing, though I have never really done it seriously. When I was younger I always thought that I might want to write a book, but that always seemed like an daunting project, one that I wasn't really prepared for, and I think I always instinctively knew that if I tackled that, the art, which is what I have always really wanted to do, would fall by the wayside. For several years, I wrote short articles for an arts organizations newsletter which I enjoyed, so I guess things like that got me by. Writing this blog has really been a good solution in regards to my interest in writing. No real pressure, but with with many benefits.
Getting to know other artists has been the most rewarding benefit about this whole thing and is one of the reasons I feel compelled to write regularly. I especially enjoy hearing from readers and shared experiences from those who often leave comments. Thanks to those who have included my link on their sites, I have enjoyed seeing the numbers in my stats rise, going from like 4 a day, to several hundred each day, with more and more repeat visitors each week. I don't even care if people come just to look at the pictures either, like Bill. I do wish I had more time to comment on other blogs, I try but I really have to limit my sitting time each day......
I have mentioned several times how we live in such an isolated area and how that has really affected my need to spew many, many words each day. I often don't even talk to anyone outside of our family for days and so the contact I have because of the blog is really important to me as well as to my mental health. I do tend to have difficulty in social situations in real life, so having an editing device available to help me with my online relationships is crucial! Sometimes when I run into friends in town, I just start talking and can't seem to stop even though I see the person looking around nervously for an escape route. Then I feel like a jerk for not being able to just keep it brief. Ugh!
One thing that I don't expect this blog to do is to help sell my work. I don't view it as a sales tool at all, and it may actually be a detriment in some cases, which is why I don't talk about some things that may just be TOO MUCH INFORMATION to people (or galleries) who are interested in my work. I do see that many people come to the blog via a google search of moi, so I guess there is some exposure from the blog so that is good.
But most importantly, I write this blog so I can just focus on my very favorite subject, me, me, me. Heh.
Why are you writing yours!?