Although I have certainly been in this position a number of times in my life, I have never illustrated it until now . . .
It’s fun to interpret old sayings like this in watercolor, and sometimes, when you spend that much time with an idea, solutions start coming to the forefront.
Here is what I have been struggling with for a long time:
I named this blog “Art-Full Life” because I wanted it to be a sort of magazine – with short articles and items that chronicle the goings on in a life devoted to creative endeavor.
Many blogs are being “put to sleep” by their authors in favor of Facebook, Instagram, etc.
I get that those are easier and faster formats, and therefore, I also post to them much more often than I publish blog posts.
I honestly do not like Facebook at all – mostly because when I go there, I am assaulted by news I did not want to get, things I did not want to see, and political diatribes I did not want to hear.
I do enjoy the Artist’s Journal Workshop Group on Facebook very much, but to get there, I have to go to my Home page where the Newsfeed is, and take a chance on seeing a snake killing a rabbit or something equally disturbing, which wrecks my day (several days, in fact).
I post to Instagram a lot. I follow only photography and art that I want to see, and take a look at my newsfeed almost every evening.
But Instagram is not about verbal content, learning and talking about things, like a blog.
I LIKE reading good blogs and am grateful for the creative folks who have not abandoned theirs. They are a replacement for the magazines that used to be creatively inspiring.
I think THIS is a good blog.
Therefore, I would like to publish more often.
But, here’s the rock and hard place thing . . .
If you have subscribed to this blog, you get an email when a new post is published. The email is sent out through MailChimp. The mailing list is a nice size and only about half the emails get opened (MailChimp tells me that).
But if I do not send out that email, readership is severely down.
So, the dilemma comes from the concern that you might send somebody too much email.
And that has kept me from accomplishing what I want this blog to be – a creative magazine or news channel kind of thing – with conversations.
I come up with short subjects a lot. I discover new stuff almost everyday that is worth sharing. But most of this never gets to you because it is lost by the time I publish a BIG post.
As I was painting my Rock and my Hard Place, I made a decision.
I am going to make this blog what I want it to be, and I am going to send out an email with a link every time I publish a new article.
If anyone does not think the blog content is worth getting emails for, they can Unsubscribe easily at the bottom of any of the emails. If a person does not want to be bothered by what I have to say, I won’t miss them. (That is not meant to sound harsh – it’s just true.)
But if you do want to be onboard for a lot more of my take on living an art-full life, just stay subscribed if you are, or sign-up on my mailing list (top of sidebar) if you are not subscribed, and you won’t miss a thing.
If you follow me on Facebook, I post only notices of new blog posts, and some of my Instagram photos. But remember, that only about 4% of what I post actually gets out to my Facebook followers, so you could still miss blog posts.
And now . . . for some of that art stuffI want to share . . .
I am doing garden clean-up (VERY early this year!)
One of the most joyful things about this job is finding the baby shoots coming up from the mulch . . . this is new baby Sedum . . .
Took some pictures because I want to paint these in my garden art journal.
Learned that this green is almost impossible to duplicate.
On my way to trying, I tested every green that might be close and mixed some of them. I tested them on what I call the “back door” pages of my journal.
This is something I have always taught my journaling students – do your experimenting on the last pages in the journal. The benefits are that you have the results there for reference, and they are done on the same paper as the rest of the journal, so you can trust them on your “good” pages. (My journal is a Stillman&Birn Beta journal).
In all this green testing, I pulled out tubes of watercolor that are OLD because they had colors that were hopeful.
They were also dried out and hardened in the tube. This has always driven me nuts because I have always bought the really expensive artist quality paint and this is a waste of $$$.
I don’t know why this never occurred to me before, but I am glad it finally did . . .
I cut the tubes with a scissors.
After using a bookmaking tool to spread the tube metal a bit, I was able to use a water brush to use the paint as I would from a half pan.
Not graceful, but not wasteful either!
Happy trails til next time. I am off to a very nice art show today.
By the way, check out the post previous to this one. I did not send out an email on that one and most people did not see it.