Earth's Pulse Oil on linen 80 x 200 cm 2006
It is six years this month since I started my BLOG. I attended a marketing and PR seminar for artists at Brisbane's Metro Arts six years ago...and was very inspired by a fellow who talked about BLOGGING. I came home, did what he said to do ie: check out Blogspot...and six years later here I am.
My first post was on the 9th August 2006 and I have posting about once a week since that day. My first post was about a forthcoming exhibition PULSE: Throb Vibrate Quiver Thrill Rhythm = Sign of Life I did not even upload an image [there's one above that should have been uploaded], nor did I ramble too much...and I am absolutely sure no-one saw or read this post! But, over a period of time, I became more confident and more savvy about linking my BLOG, via other social and related interest sites, so that visitors and followers know there's something new once a week. Yep...'persistence' is my middle name! No not really, but my peristence has reaped wonderful rewards. And some of these rewards are:
- My BLOG averages around 2,000 - 2,500 visitors per month...and more when there's something really exciting, like an exhibition or a prize to write about. THANK-YOU to all you visitors out there!
- The regular reflection on my work is now a very important part of my art practice. I really enjoy writing my posts and spend a few hours on each one. This process helps me clarify my thoughts, provokes new ideas and generates inspiration. It also means that when I speak about my work, either in a public presentation or a private conversation, words flow more freely.
- I've 'met' some very interesting [and supportive] people who follow my BLOG. Their regular interactions, feedback and comments [either via the BLOG or message] are a great delight and provide catalytic inspiration. You know who you are...and thank you!
- A number of my posts have been picked up by other sites. More recently Scientific America's Symbiartic Science-Art Scumble Two of my posts have been listed on recent Scumbles ie: Super Heroes and Animals
- Sometimes, when I am out and about, people mention to me that they read my BLOG. This makes my heart sing!
- It is a great tool to have when writing artist's statements. It also means I can direct people to posts, rather than rambling on in an email or letter. My children say I ramble!!
- The most read [popular] post is Airspace and Phantoms...one of my 'quiet activist' posts. See image below!
- The second most popular is Food-A Fantasy In The Future Another 'quiet activist' post!
- The third most popular is Ouroboros where I delve into mythology, religiosity and cosmology.
- You can see the full list of popular posts on the right column
- Most of my visitors come from the United States, followed by my home country, Australia.
Airspace and Phantoms Gouache on paper 52 x 63 cm framed
I am working on a new painting...thinking of calling it Time Travel...will see if this feels right when the painting is finished.
Next weekend 1-2 September I have a number of paintings in an exhibition at the Nindooinbah Woolshed exhibition, which will be opened by well known Brisbane art dealer Bruce Heiser Here's a link to the various ways [cocktail party, high tea, general entry] you can see the exhibition. Nindooinbah is a well known historical homestead near Beaudesert, which is about an hour south of Brisbane. Below are three of the paintings which will be in the exhibition:
Compassion Oil on linen 100 x 100
This painting was in the Directors' Cut online exhibition for the Blake Prize 2011
Finding The Light Oil on linen 100 x 70 cm
Sap of Life Oil on linen 55 x 80 cm
Tattersall's Landscape Art Award: I have again been invited to participate in this award and exhibition. The prize money is $25,000. The award will be announced Wednesday 5th September. The exhibition will be on display at Brisbane's Tattersall's Club until September 8, after which it is moved to Waterfront Place, 1 eagel St, Brisbane from 10-21 September.
Also, my entry into the Santos Acquisitive Art Prize in Roma has been selected as a finalist. Entries had to reflect upon the 'benefits of La Nina- the abundance that follows rain'. As regular readers know, rain and water, have been important themes in my work for a long time. The prize is announced 31 August.