It’s been a good day in the life of this artist! Ingrid H. added two of my artworks - “Joy Unleashed” and “Afternoon Joy” - to her art collection. Thank you for making my day, Ingrid. I am thrilled that these paintings have found such a loving, appreciative home. It was a pleasure doing business with you. I sincerely hope that they will bring you years of enjoyment.
Technology is moving faster than I am these days. I have been busy the past few days/weeks trying to get up-to-date with some of the art sites I am exhibiting with and I think I may be halfway through…or not! Everyone talks about how an artist needs to send out newsletters/updates once or twice a month. Well, as you can tell, I haven’t managed to meet that “suggestion”. I have difficulty finding time to even write on my blog. One reason I don’t send out consistent newsletters is because I’m not as prolific as some artists, so I don’t have as many “new” paintings to introduce. My paintings usually take a while because of the process of layers and then I hit spells where the creative juices slow down and I get stuck on a painting. I have to let it sit for days/weeks/months while I study it to discover if it is finished or where it is going next. So, my theory is…why send out a newsletter if you don’t really have any news.
As for internet artist sites, some sites and links have just disappeared without notification but others are thriving, moving forward and adding features that I have yet to master and/or take advantage of and the requests to join new sites keep piling in. I have to remind myself that exposure is good, but it does come with a price. . . time, and precious time at that. The more sites, the more time it takes to update and maintain, the less time in the studio painting. When you take website and page updates, studio time, and add in day to day life, there are days I wonder if I can juggle it all. I guess it does, indeed, require balance and time management . . . something I struggle with, especially the older I get.
Blog written, now to move on to the next order of day.
Do what you enjoy and enjoy what you do!
Have a great day!
Well, I have been working diligently to add a Facebook Artist Page. I am getting ready to launch it. It will be a place where I can share some of what brings joy in my life…art, photographs of creation and created things, expressing myself in words and poetry as well as showcasing some of my original abstracts.
One of my greatest enjoyments is hearing what others “see” in my abstract paintings. It is fascinating and educational—a constant reminder of how we all view things differently. So, I encourage you to offer your input on what you see and feel while viewing any of my artwork and/or photographs. Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!
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I have missed being in the studio for the past several months…well, almost a year. My how time flies. 2012 turned out to be quite a year including many facets which I will not venture to cover. After starting off the first part of the year with website update difficulties, extended family issues, and my attention being needed elsewhere, my creative juices dried up and I found it most difficult to create. However, 2012 ended on a much brighter note with a wonderful addition to our family. Our son married a delightful, beautiful young lady in December and we are so happy to have her as a member of our family. Welcome Mrs. Harris!
Trying to take care of everything, catch up with all the website information, prepare for art exhibits, and attempt to keep up with the social media demands literally zapped my creativity. I discovered that I really don’t like it when I want to paint, but there is just nothing within to draw from. So, I took a step back, came to terms with it and decided to be at peace. I took a sabbatical and chose to peacefully wait until the motivation returned. This week has been a turning point. The past several days I have intentionally been doing what I could to get those creative juices flowing again and today I finally made it back into the studio. It was wonderful to pull out a canvas and begin creating once again. Now I just need to try to rebuild my momentum and continue the creative process. Once I can get that restored, perhaps I will be able to better manage the social media aspect of promoting art. Will take it a day at a time and see how it goes.
“VIEWPOINTS” FALL 2012 ART EXHIBIT is currently happening at Davidson County Community College in Lexington, NC (right off Business 85). Exhibiting artists include: Jeffrey Bliss (acrylic), Ingrid Erickson (mixed media, cut paper), Carl Galie (photography), Charlotte Munning (raku pottery), Dr. Jo Nicastro (oil, acrylic, pencil), Rankin Willard (paper collage) and yours truly, Susan Harris (acrylic mixed media). The Opening Reception will be held on Tuesday, September 18th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Refreshments provided. Public is welcome so please stop by if you get a chance.