October 29, 2007
Art Advice, Blogs, et al...
So now I see another blogger, Kristy Hall, is advising all artists to blog, the latest advocate of many 'art advisers' singing the same song. Well, don't waste your breath on most of my dear friends. Wouldn't I love to follow their careers, their fun and games, their ups and downs... even if they reserved their blogs for professional updates or dealt mostly with their devoted dogs... I'd read every post. I miss my real-time art buddies, scattered as they are all around the country. Okay, maybe that's not what Kristy (and Alyson and all the others except Charlie Finch) are promoting blogs for... but whatever their reasons, I agree.
KH sez: Many artists work in isolation and blogging can help reduce that all pervading sense of invisibility. I gotta tell you, isolation tends to grow with age... I don't consider that a totally bad thing, it's usually due to personal choices but it's still a stark reality. My social life (aahahaha!) is more online than off... a LOT more.
KJ sez: When you’re blogging about your own work, you have to think about your work. This is my strongest point when explaining why I blog. In my case, I'm reviewing my entire career and trying to put it into perspective, some kind of order. I love the idea of having readers but I'd like to think that I'd blog even if there were none. This is such a valuable tool at this point in my career... I want to get it down before I forget or get disoriented. Oh, hey... maybe I'll get it better than it really was? Who would know?
Stats say this blog has a respectable number of readers... I can call only a dozen or so by name, all artists, so who are the others? Would there be any "collectors" out there? Some blogs are aimed at collectors... on the pretense that a potential buyer would want to know more about the artist... I'm not convinced. I suspect I've done more harm than good to my career via this blog... pretty evident I'm not a flashy, upscale loft type... just your regular, older than the boomers type hermit... not very flashy at all.
And there are soooo many blogs out there... do we really want to encourage more? Other than artists reading about other artists, comparing notes, maybe even a little one-ups-man-ship (nah, we wouldn't do that!) what good do we serve? Well, actually, some are so well written (and illustrated) that they could qualify as books in serial format. I like that!
Art email lists offer conversation and a kind of companionship, but blogs offer self preservation... a way to leave our mark... a mark that tells more about us than the painted canvas ever could... should anyone want to know.
* The above painting shows the difficulty in producing a well defined red in digital format. Looked fine in the editing program but smears when uploaded.