Dusting Off This Old Blog: Artprize 2015

 

Time Fragments #6, details ©Colleen Kole, 2015

Time Fragments #6, details
©Colleen Kole, 2015

I think for a long time I was worried about too many silly things. The more I read online about what to write and what not to write if you were an artist , the more I just became overwhelmed and anxious when I sat down to write. Here’s the run-on sentences in my brain:

  1. Blogs are dead. So why write them then?  I still eagerly watch each day for my favorite writers or friends, so why wouldn’t others?
  2. I don’t have my MFA so I am not qualified to write a blog post.  Yes, they do have an edge but writing is a lot of “practice makes perfect”.  
  3. Nothing I say is really interesting or unique.  Well it is unique to me. 
  4. You need to brand yourself so don’t align yourself with something controversial. Controversial topics are fun to discuss in person and sometimes get lost in a short email or blogpost so hard to defend . I get this point. 
  5. Along similiar lines, don’t align yourself with one thing or person. Be your own person.  Authentic- be authentic. 
  6. I can’t or don’t want to show my work right now. Sometimes true but lots goes on in my town/life that is art related I can share with others.
  7. You need tutorials. Write tutorials.  Not opposed to sharing what I know. So I could write a tutorial. 
  8. I need a workshop to learn to write.  My default argument for all things hard in my life. 
  9. I take lousy pictures.
  10. I haven’t made as much work as others have.

So, the run-on in my brain could continue forever. Or I could quit hiding out. I could quit comparing myself to others. I could grab a little confidence. Risk a little skin and get to work and have some fun meeting up with my friends again.

How the heck have you been?

On an art related note, I will be at Artprize this year again. This year I will be in a different venue , the Women’s City Club showing my piece called Time Fragments #6 .

Time Fragments #6, 61x46, ©Colleen Kole, 2015

Time Fragments #6,
61×46,
©Colleen Kole, 2015

8 thoughts on “Dusting Off This Old Blog: Artprize 2015

  1. Maria Shell

    Yeah Colleen! That was a great post! Writing a blog is hard work, but worth it. I am so glad you are back at it. And that new piece is SPECTACULAR. The color work is amazing. Love it.

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    1. Colleen Kole Post author

      Well thanks Miss Maria- I miss having the record of what I have been doing. But mainly I miss catching up with my friends!

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  2. Gail Baar

    That is a great piece! And a great photo-did you get a different camera? I love the colors too, and am glad to see more of your work.

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