I am very excited. I have an important blog post for you, and I hope you take time to read it (you will be rewarded with photos and a surprise at the end).
I have found with artist’s blogs there can be two types of blogging, and I feel myself constantly swinging from one method to the other, torn on how to present myself as a creative person. The first is what I call the Hibernation Artist: This creator produces fabulous, jaw-dropping work…. once every year or so. They bunker down, have many secret projects that they cannot share – sometimes due to publishing or working for a client. In the meantime, a reader checks for blog updates only to (maybe) find a photo of something super boring like a cup of coffee. Or a cat (yes, I realize I’ve been guilty of this).
It is understandable from the artist’s point of view to take one’s time and produce gorgeous (and expensive!) artwork. You cannot rush Art, and the resulting works prove this point. LOTR Nerds: Did you know Hobbiton was allowed a whole year to just grow its grass before the movie was even filmed? I always remind myself of this when I’m working on a long painting. Here’s a reward picture for reading intensively thus far:
That being said, many of my favorite artists are in this category, and it frustrates me as a blog reader. I am a loyal follower (perhaps even a considering buyer), but I stop checking up on a ghost-town blog eventually. Isn’t it a shame if a one-of-a-kind and beautiful piece of artwork doesn’t get to be seen or enjoyed?
Still with me? Here’s a photo of my watercolor jar. I keep this little tortoise on the lip to remind me to take things slow and not feel rushed. It is a helpful reminder…
The second type of Artist Blogger is what I like to call the Social Butterfly Artist: This creator is the opposite of the above; more talk than substance – having contests, many new posts, gaining readership, tweet, tweet, tweeting, etc., but where’s the meaty work?
As an artist it is easy to get caught up in the blogging side of things, and completely forget why I started a blog in the first place. As a reader of these kinds of blogs I can feel strung along, waiting for that stronger material that brought me to the blog in the first place. ”I wanna see more of that art that I know you’re capable of!!”
It is a strange balance to keep up… Do I paint for my readers, or paint for myself? What is my goal for this website? I admit to being both kinds of bloggers, but I think I’ve found a way to meet in the middle…
I am opening a new store front called Light and Color. It is a store for YOU. New $3.00 prints will be up in the shop every Wednesday morning. The pieces are fun and breezy, a total joy for me to do, and a great balance to counter my longer and more demanding projects. I have wanted to have affordable artwork for a while, and I hope this can say a huge thank you to my readership and blogger friends for being so encouraging and supportive.
This Wednesday, I’ve updated the shop with these four springtime birds:
Hop to the Shop to check it out! I love blogging way too much to bunker down and hibernate, but I love painting too much to not do it well.
I hope this balance sits well with you. ♥