This blogging business is an odd one. On the one hand, it is a throwback to junior high school when I used to end each day with “Dear Diary . . . ,” recapping in cramped block printing the fears and successes of my day, taping on an additional sheet of paper for retelling the whole story behind dances and kisses. But the major differences between then and now are that in blogging 1) I have a REAL audience and, therefore, a compulsion to be witty and entertaining and grammatically correct; and 2) this online record will live on forever, whereas I could burn my old cardboard-covered diaries at any point.
Blogging, therefore, comes with responsibility. I’ve read a few blogs which are every bit as frivolous as my junior high school diaries, and I’ve read a few in which their authors take themselves so seriously that they actually believe they are providing a service to the world. And then there are those which are strictly and obviously commercial in nature. (I won’t even consider the perverse, insidious, and pathological blogs that probably exist, too, but of which I’d like to remain ignorant.) I truly hope that mine lies somewhere in between the extremes. I admit that my original aim was primarily self-serving–to help promote my new career as an artist by creating an online presence—but now I’d like to think that maybe those who read my entries and look at my artwork are receiving some subtle encouragement from me to venture out creatively on their own or are gaining some respite from their noisy lives. I think I’m okay with either outcome, and I accept this responsibility, for being forced to pause and reflect on my learning each week is actually good discipline for me.
So here is a list of my accomplishments over the course of these last two weeks: I completed one major piece and three minor pieces (strip abstracts), and I entered five exhibitions (two online and three gallery shows). It’s too soon yet to know to which exhibitions I’ve been accepted, but I’ll update my “On Exhibit” page as soon as I hear something. If I win any prizes, you’ll be the first to know!
Since I feel obligated to share images with you, too, here is one of the strip abstracts I completed recently. This one hasn’t been entered in any shows because it’s not yet framed, but I rather like it for its subtle sexuality. I named it Regarder, which is a play on the infinitive form of the French verb meaning “to watch or look at,” but in archaic English can refer to “one who watches or observes.” Enjoy.