A Giclée print of this painting can be yours! Please enter the giveaway by leaving a comment on this blog post.
I honestly can’t believe it has been one year since I started my blog! Where has the time gone? After many years of toying with the idea of starting a blog, I finally went for it a year ago this week. I first discovered art blogs, that were mostly part of the daily painters movement right after I moved to Hong Kong in 2007. Many artists I followed then are still blogging today, Belinda Del Pesco, Carol Marine, Karen Jurick, Katherine Tyrrell’s, Making a Mark, and Laura Frankstone of Laurelines to name a few. I guess I was what you call a lurker, I didn’t comment very much but I was so grateful for that time with my morning tea to read what other artist were doing, and feel a connection to the US, living so far from home. At that time Facebook wasn’t nearly what it is today, therefore following blogs was the only way to make connections with other artists.
One day while searching through blog roles, pre Facebook, I found a former Walt Disney Imagineering colleague, Marcelo Vignali and connected with him. He told me, “You have to do a blog, it’s great! It’s a great chance to connect with and meet people.” I’m somewhat of a shy private person, so it took me a while to finally relent and put myself out on the blogoshere. I told myself if I were to do one, I would commit to it and at least do one post a week and I’m happy to say I’ve fallen in somewhat of a routine of doing two when I can. I didn’t want it to be a big pressure, so I post what ever I’m in the mood to show or say, with the general idea of featuring my work, talk about some of the processes, impart knowledge that will help other artists, and give those who like my work a chance to get to know me better. I love movies, books, travel, museums, and to talk about artists whom I find inspiring. I’ve enjoyed the past year sharing my watercolor sketches from my travels. So far that’s been the direction of my blog, but who knows what else is lurking around the corner. As long as I enjoy doing the blog and there are people who enjoy reading it I will do it.
Now Facebook seems to be more prevalent than blogging. Is blogging becoming a dying art? I hope not. I’d like to think there are still those that like to read and enjoy what other artists have to say rather than quickly scrolling through the news feed on Facebook.
I hope all that are following me on this blogging journey have enjoyed what I have shown and shared. It’s hard to really know how much of a following there is, but like many things, it takes time to incubate and grow! If you know of others you feel would enjoy it please pass on the link!
To celebrate the one year anniversary of my blog, I am giving away a giclée print of my painting Poppies. All you have to do is leave a comment on today’s post and you will be eligible! I recently received in the mail a lovely giclée print from blogging friend, Julie Ford Oliver, from a giveaway she did recently to start off the new year! I may follow her lead and let my husband, who is also a designer and artist, choose the winner from the comments, or do a random drawing.
A sincere thank you to all and hope you continue to enjoy and find some inspiration visiting my blog!!