Sunday, 02 December 2007
Blogging is harder than you think
This is a follow-up post from a blog article that I discovered a while back which started me thinking seriously about what I blog about. Strictly speaking I should be painting rather than blogging - so why am I spending my time blogging? I suspect it has to do with some rather childlike part of myself that believes if you pray/wish/meditate/visualize hard enough you will get what you want. Now I think where I have been going wrong is the "hard enough" idea - probably goes with being a WASP and being brought up with the work ethic principle firmly embedded and pummeled into me since I was a kid. I think the real way to meditate is to empty your mind completely and just let the thoughts flow through you.
Then I also remind myself if I am stressing too much over getting traffic to my blog or whatever, just to relax, be grateful for what I already have, offer a prayer or wish for something and then let the universe do its magic.
I can remember my parents saying often - it's no good having talent - you need to work at it. While I believe the underlying principle of that theory to be sound, I sometimes find myself far too focussed on the results rather than the process of achieving those results. The effect is to make me always feel disappointed and disillusioned.
So I have decided from now on to stick to what I really like doing - what feeds my soul, what makes me happy what challenges, yet excites me and what makes me grow as a person. And that, dear readers, is my PAINTING! The process is such fun - the smell and feel of the paint, mixing up a vibrant colour, the flow of the paint on a good canvas. So if you notice a fall-off in the number of posts it is because I am behind my canvas, having fun!
Also it is now the December holidays here so both my boys are home on vac and I am the prime cook and bottle-washer around so I will be occupied with entertaining them and their friends, taxiing them around the town and generally being supportive. We are planning a little trip into the Cedarberg and a place called Hogsback over Christmas so I will be away from my computer for some two weeks- a prospect which sounds marvelous right now!
So, if any of you are having a well-deserved break I wish you all happy holidays and I hope you find what pleases you the most - otherwise, just "go with the flow" , which BTW is the title for the painting above which is an Oil/canvas, measuring 400x300mm and is for sale. Please contact me if you are interested.