Happy Monday! I'm battling my way back to everyday life after a run-in with a nasty flu bug that landed me in the emergency room...ugh. I haven't been upright, much less making art so today I'm posting another piece from my Minuet series. I love this one and I am starting to see a trend in my favorites: full abstract is out, fairy-tale/storybook is in. That actually fits in quite nicely with my expanding exploration of illustration.
Confession time: I stopped posting much of my cartooning/illustration work because the blog stats seem to show that most people come here for my journaling and paper art work. Posts with drawing, doodles, and all manner of art oddities are practically skipped all together. (And I'm talking about extreme shifts in the number of views from one kind of post to the other.)
I'm a bit torn about that as in truth, my journaling (as I had practiced it for years) is slowly giving way to more drawing, painting, sculpture, and illustration. I think that in a year or so, collage (as a primary technique in a project) will be largely part of my artistic past. My diagnosis of Young Onset Parkinson's Disease is a huge motivating factor. Simply put, I want to push my fine motor skills to the limit while I am still blessed with a steady hand.
Originally, I thought that two separate blogs (one for journaling, one for illustration) would be best but that was an awful lot of work and I didn't exactly feel genuine in either space. So a while back, I made the decision to merge the two blogs and hope that people would stick with me in my journey. Readership and comments plummeted and not sure what to make of that, I went back to posting just my more "mainstream" work. I never stopped doing it and then began again for the sake of the blog; I just was doing much less and wanted to transition into posting about what I've been doing a lot.
I still believe that to be the most authentic I can be in this space, the focus of the blog needs to shift as I do. It just gets really, really scary when I post stuff I love and only crickets greet my efforts. I know the world of blogging has changed from when I first began in 2006. I feel like I'm one of the few bloggers who still uses the blog format for more writing than pictures. (I do try, dear readers, to vary the length of my posts but anyone who's ever known me will tell you I've always been verbose. What can I say? I love words and I love putting my thoughts into tangible form.) I'm sure my wordiness is difficult to deal with in this age of tiny, handheld screens. I also know that those phone-sized keyboards and blog reader programs make commenting difficult. I guess, ultimately, I'll just stop looking at the statistics and the comment counts and just post my heart's desire. I know that will be the only way I'll be able to continue coming here for another nine years.