Friday, September 05, 2008

A Time for Change


Pumpkins and Asters, 10x8, oil
$300
Pay with Paypal, send me an e-mail jan.blencowe@comcast.net to purchase

Well, it's September. The summer is over and it's the start of another school year. I've often noticed that September can feel more like the start of a new year than January. A time for new projects, new directions and new growth. In January it usually feels as if we should be hibernating!
Many of you know that I maintain another blog Art & Life, where I post my paintings, talk about materials, methods, techniques, what inspires me, poetry and lots of other art related things. It's the place where you can get to really know more about me and what I do, what motivates and captivates me. It's also the place where I share what I find beautiful and moving through my artwork. It is the first blog I ever created and for a long time it had a wide following. Then I began The Painting a Day Project and for a while I tried to keep up with both, but I ended up just repeating myself and the content on the blogs was basically identical. So, I posted every day here with nothing but the minimum amount of info. for purchasing and I kept the good stuff for Art & Life but posted less frequently. I was basically keeping the business part of my work away from the me part of my work. But I don't think that business model is working, it feels too fractured. People come here and purchase paintings but I never feel a real connection to them, it's just a business transaction. On the other hand, I feel much more connected to my Art & Life readers through what I share and the comments and e-mails I get from them.
What to do, what to do?? I have settled on this solution. I am going to begin to combine the two blogs. I'll be bringing some of the best content from Art & Life over here for a while and leave a message at Art & Life for people to subscribe here. I won't delete Art & Life from the blogosphere but it will not be the primary blog that I update. There! I feel more integrated already!
To start you off here are a few things that have been filling my creative well during this time of changing seasons:
From my most recent post at Art & Life:
I love this time of year! The change of seasons from summer to autumn, on through the fall into the stillness of winter is magical for me. Yesterday, I bought a fabulous ceramic mug with a green and earth colored pattern on it and an unglazed, raised maple leaf, and a burgundy colored leaf shaped tealight candle holder with apple cider scented tealights to go in it. I have some delicious Mercedes Apple Spice herbal tea from the English Tea Store and I bought two wonderful poetry books, A Dream of Summer: Poems for a Sensuous Season, The Heart of Autumn: Poems for the Season of Reflection and I have every intention of brewing tea, lighting my candles and curling up with my new books and celebrating the natural rhythms of life in the coming weeks. It's so important to take time to fill your soul with good things so when you need to draw out creativity, patience, kindness etc. the well is full and you can easily give to others.
Are you on Facebook? I have recently joined set up a profile and a business page for my artwork. Look me up, join my "friends" list and become a "fan" of my page!! I am having waaaaaaay too much fun, making "pieces of flair" out of my paintings !! I've entered them into the directory so they are available to everyone on Facebook, (thought I think most are still in the "pending" stage they should be approved soon). Facebook has been a twilight zone experince as I find classmates from high school, whom I haven't even thought about in years and years, and barely recognize names from my college alma mater. It's fascinating to see where their lives have taken them!! It also gives me a chance to interact with my teenagers and family members who live across the country. It's free and fun, maybe a time bandit, but there are worse ways to spend your time!

2 comments:

Sylvia Jenstad said...

Your pumkin... is cool... it's a reminder fall is here...

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Sylvia, Yes indeed the seasons are on the move. It will be time to get out the wooly sweaters pretty soon !