|Original CP drawing, cropped, mounted on cradled board and varnished!|
My blogging career started in 2009, on a lazy summer day, when I decided to give Twitter a twy. I found some artists there, and saw how easily they posted their work, so I shyly posted a few of my own drawings. People liked them! I still remember very clearly how it felt to actually share my work outside of my family. I was encouraged by the words of other artists online, and many suggested that I start a blog. I thought it sounded like fun, and very soon I became a regular blogger.
*To keep the blog current, I try to post at least once per week. This sometimes becomes a challenge, but it compels me to be thinking about ideas to discuss, and also prompts me to work harder and longer on my drawing, so I can have something ready to post every week.
* The comments that people leave are very enlightening and encouraging. I always gain new perspectives from what others have to say. I learn new solutions to problems that I'm having, and I learn about different techniques and materials that my blog friends felt would be especially useful to me. I find inspiration and encouragement in their words, and a sense of being among like-minded souls.
* I don't purposely seek a certain type of blogger to follow; I follow those blogs which have art that I admire. So, it's amazing to me that so many of my blog friends are women of my same age and circumstances, with similar interests and that same passion for our art. When I visit other blogs I always leave a comment to let them know that somebody has read their post, and their efforts have not gone unappreciated. I enjoy reading their stories about how their art was created, or what kind of frustrations they have experienced. I celebrate their successes with them, and commiserate with their disappointments, and they do the same for me.
* By leaving comments for others, I find myself becoming more and more confident at talking about art. This helps me to talk about my own work, when somebody asks. And when you talk about your own work, you sometimes clarify things for yourself and understand your approach to your own work that much better. I surprised myself the other day at the gallery, when a woman asked me to tell her how and why I drew the Chosen Paths piece, and I was able to easily discuss the metaphors I wanted to portray with the piece, as well as my inspiration for the composition, and the techniques I used with my pencils. I couldn't have done that if I hadn't had so much practice talking about art on my blog and in my comments to others.
* Finally, if you blog for no other reason, do it to share your efforts and your art with whomever wants to see it. One of the greatest rewards that an artist can have is just to be able to share their work with others.
* (And it's free.)