Time for a little Transparency
I am often challenged by this blog gig.
Questions I find myself asking are these:
If this is my blog about my art then aren't I allowed to give all sides of the process? (i.e. trials, tribulations, reflections as well as triumps?)
If so then is it ok to have some posts that are more revealing? Like, "gee, not feeling it today, can't find inspiration, feeling trapped or stuck?" Is that too depressing to write in my own blog about my art?
Another question is:
How can I share my works when so often I have to go back and take them down again because X,Y,Z show says 'if you get in, no photos on your blogs'.
Many artist friends have stopped sharing works 'in process' altogether as they find their ideas, techniques or even replica quilts on someone else's blog or website! And no, no reference is given to the original artist.
The answers don't seem to come easy and I have been in many conversations with nubie artists as well as premier ones. No definitive answers. Some artists even refuse to share works in their own art groups at 'show and tell' time for fear of piracy. So in blogland, either you share and 'damn the consequenses' or you don't share in which case your blog becomes mainly a website with selective shots of travelling pieces or older works that have returned home.
Even if I take the numbers only approach in that I can see there are 44 followers to my blog so I might think I don't have much worry really. Until I realize: that doesn't account for is all the hits I get from folks who aren't followers. Depending on the post or photos the views can easily exceed the hundreds. (which is very cool btw).
Ego. I love sharing what I've made when I really like it. I want to hear or read what others think, if they like it, what they 'see' in it, etc. This is often a large part of what makes me 'drive all night' to get something done if there is a meeting coming up or special event. Maybe that sounds shallow to the unenlightened, but artists live and strive for affirmation. No shame in that.
I'm interested in reading your thoughts. Do you have more than one blog to suit your purposes? Is one 'incognito'? How do you handle the publish vs perish mentality?
Until next we meet..
California Towhee & mate (she's at the far left corner) in our Loquat tree