Well this is embarrassing…

I started writing a few blog posts (and many many months) ago that I was working on the business side of art. I told you about trying to convert my website to WordPress, about picking a platform, etc. And then I just stopped. Stopped communicating, stopped working on it, just stopped.

Partly because, well, 2020.

And partly because I changed gears.

Again.

And partly because, to be honest, I was embarrassed. Embarrassed that I said I would give you information and I didn’t have any myself. So I sort of abandoned ship for a while on the whole website endeavor.

Not because I’m wishy washy. I’m actually absurdly stubborn when it comes to sticking with things. Instead it’s because I was spending so much time and energy trying to sort things out and learn how to speak computer code, trying to fix problems, etc. that I wasn’t painting! If improving my art website was keeping me from MAKING art…well, that seems to defeat the purpose.

So, I’m trying something new. FASO. FASO makes websites specifically for artists. For some weird reason I tend to be suspicious of anything that makes things too easy, however, I think I’m going to like it. As your personal guinea pig, I’ll try it out and let you know. In the meantime, head on over to my website and let me know what you think.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming: The art.

The Dilemma by Erin Hardin 16″x11″ Oil on panel

This painting is entitled “The Dilemma” and it seemed suitable to today’s post and that feeling of being stuck. So often I feel, as I’m sure many of you do, bound in some way. Sometimes there legitimately are outside forces at play, but most of the time if I’m really honest with myself, I realize that I’m the one holding myself back. Sometimes it’s inertia, sometimes disorganization, sometimes fear. It’s frustrating- this tangled, tied up feeling. It makes me grumpy, moody, mean, definitely not creative. I can usually find something or someone to blame…at least ostensibly, and that might work for a minute. But in truth, no one’s going to untie those strings but me. Sure they might try. And it might even work. However, the interesting thing about human beings is that if I haven’t figured out how to untangle myself, I’m likely just going to pick those ropes back up again. Maybe that’s because we’re SUPPOSED to figure out how to untangle ourselves. Like one of those metal puzzles that are next to impossible to put down we humans just keep picking up the same dilemmas until one day, finally disgusted with the tangled mess we’re in, we think to ourselves, “I’ve been here before. I’ve tried this and I’ve tried that. Now it’s time to try something new.”

And so, we do.

Good luck today my friends.

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