[This post is 100% authentic news. No ads, no teenage ghostwriter.]
It’s so hard to keep a social media presence.
My last post here at artistpractice.com was nearly 12 months ago.
I barely look at Facebook. My other blogs languish and I have just started on Instagram, but I gather it’s important to post regularly to Instagram and I struggle with that a bit too. I watch the IG posts of those people I follow and I don’t get how they have the time and energy to post as much as they do, as well as like and comment on each other’s.
What I do understand is that social media is for marketing. I sell stuff but I’m lucky not to have to sell stuff.
So, apologies (again) for getting lost for a while and not using this blog for it’s real purpose—which is to diarise my process and to provide (myself with) clarity of thoughts and ideas.
I’ve finally moved the yarn aside a bit so that I can get messy and smell the turps again. Small steps, literally, in the form of some tiny paintings and some focused work on finishing some of the half-arsed, half-finished stack of canvases. Below are some of the tiny paintings. I guess you could call them pretty and yes, they are very tentative. I’m working on ‘gesture’ and with speed, and my aim is to translate some newfound confidence in making marks back onto a larger scale.
Fake news constructed by Macedonian teenagers is just the tip of the iceberg in the ghetto of social media. Trust me though, because even if I only post twice a year you can be sure it’s the truth!
A great post Dee.I love your latest artworks . I too love blogging but also find it has become a chore at times rather than a pleasure and it is very difficult to find the time to enjoy reading other people’s blogs and commenting. I simply don’t want to get caught up in the game of ‘I comment on your blog and you comment on mine’. Dipping in and out of different Apps, platforms is fun , sticking with them really is tough. Can’t wait to hear more about your works!
Thanks for the comment Bell, must comment on your blog, ha ha. I also find it time-consuming finding minds that I can connect with!
I hear you. I don’t know how people do it without having a full time assistant – social media presence, I mean. It takes away so much time from creative practice. I enjoy it when I do it. Let me know how you go with Instagram – people really love it. I still enjoy Pinterest the most. The others feel like work a lot of the time. I’m hoping to go back to blogging as I really miss that. When you say ‘tiny’, how little are the paintings? They are exquisite.
Thanks for your comment Kirsten! I reckon that the majority of people have a ready product to sell rather than creating daily, as you say. (Although I have seen a couple of artists who are both creating and promoting like crazy) These little paintings range from 3x4cm to 8x15cm with the majority around 7cm and I love the fact they are ‘quick’ and kind of meditative. I like the visuals of Instagram and Pinterest but still finding it hard to decide what to put where!