I am writing this blog because I’ve decided to reinvent myself again—this time as an artist.
“I create fine art from repurposed paper” is my new mantra.
To sell one’s art, though, one must have a presence on the internet, or so I’ve been told repeatedly.
So here I am with my own blog.
Those of you who know me already know that I’m not fond of social media. The irony of this is, of course, that if you knew me back in 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades, you would probably assume that I grew up to be a Facebook groupie. Back then I loved being in everyone’s business; in 6th grade, I “invented” my own paper version of social media by typing out elaborate questionnaires distributed to carefully selected classmates whom I considered worthy of knowing better. (Beware, fellow Class of ’65, Sherman Oaks Elementary School graduates: I still have copies of your completed questionnaires, and am privy to your favorite color, music, TV show, and on whom you had a crush back then.) We may not have had email, twitter, and texting back then, but between notes passed during class (and carefully transcribed in two colors of ink from the original, dated scraps of notebook paper) and letters with 5-cent postage stamps, I pretty much managed to get by just fine.
I held off joining Facebook for many years, and even now I feel uncertain about “liking” anything other than family member photos. I started this blog as a go-to place for people interested in my artwork and my growth as an artist. I hope you will follow along with me on my new journey.
Becoming an artist is the easy part: you get an urge to make something unique, get some compliments on it, and then announce to your world that you are now an artist—much like those contestants on American Idol do with a knack for karaoke.
Okay, I’m exaggerating. Becoming an artist is a process that requires study and practice, and to reach the level at which you’re creating original artwork that others recognize as having value—and are willing to spend money on–takes time and effort. But it’s time spent doing what you love, and so the labor pains are quickly forgotten after the baby is born.
The truly arduous part is sharing your art with the world. This blog will be one of my first attempts to do just that.
Please let me know what you think as I share my journey with you.