I have for some time felt a terrible ennui concerning posts, truly struggling to find points of interest and the words to express them.
The truth is I am entering a period of reflection, I find myself more and more interested in MAKING, instead of discussing (at times pontificating) about what has been made. My blogging friends , Thom of the marvelous Form is Void and the very fine artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins have offered splendid support in this arid period. As have other readers, I appreciate that.
Clive in particular has offered wise advice, if you are not interested in yakking away ,why not post the progress of your work?
I had thought of that before, and I have from time to time posted snippets of my work. But I confess a hesitancy. When I have posted work the response has from time to time been quite vitriolic, I was shocked by the harshness. I am self taught/self learning, it is often a rough road for me. I struggle with how things “ought” to look, my desire to emulate work that I so enthusiastically admire and a constant fear that the sand is slipping away so very quickly.
At times it is crippling, the harsh critique, even when warranted- which most likely it was- only added to the chorus within my head. For that reason, I have hesitated to take Clive’s advice and emulate his own delightful Artlog.
But I have now decided my timidity is hampering any opportunity to record my progress, to explore other options and to openly engage with others. For many (most) of my readers the new blog Boondocks Babylon will be of little interest. It will be a space devoted to personal reflection, my struggles in the studio and day to day concerns. I really ought to make it a private blog, but I have developed friendships through Babylon Baroque and wish to extend an invitation to those readers to pop in from time to time.
Babylon Baroque will continue, the posts may be less frequent, but my interests in art and culture will surely be piqued once again ; I will reserve this blog for established art.
For now, Boondocks Babylon will keep track of my own daubs.
Until next time,
please take care,
Garnier Opera House, Paris