Many, many years ago I used to write. I began by writing a weekly column on landord-tenant issues for the now defunct Sacramento Union, then moved to the Sacramento Bee, then on to free-lancing articles in local publications and magazines. The process came easily to me at first, and I did it for many years. But one day I wanted to delve deeper into painting and making art.
As I began visually creating, I found I no longer desired to write, and in fact found the task nearly impossible to do. I stopped writing for the Bee in 2000 then didn't begin again until 2009 when I started a blog for my art. The blog was called "Coming Abstractions" and can be found here. The blog featured many of the art challenges I participated in, including several "30 Paintings in 30 Days" events. I made a lot of art in those years, and still have some of the pieces around today!
Lately I've been missing the writing, and truthfully haven't been doing much of the art. I do a commission every now and then, but I haven't been in the frenzied, creative mode that often resulted in a new series of work. My eyes now seem drawn to calm, peaceful shades of grays, whites and beiges, and shy away from bold, loud bursts of color.
I'm spending more time in my head, and am writing my thoughts down. I'm also discarding things that I no longer need, and am clearly making room for something new in my life. This is how I've always been, and I sense whatever the change(s) will be, they will be big ones.
It's funny how we all instinctively know when something or someone no longer serves our greater good. Many of us keep trying to make the situation work, while others tentatively attempt to make the shift slowly at their own speed. I always say the Universe has a plan for each of us, and a path we are meant to follow.
So am I meant to be a great artist one day? Or a popular author? Or a quiet local blogger who enjoys both? Time will tell but in the meantime I'm going with the flow. When I feel like writing a post, I will. And when I make a new piece of art, I'll post it here. I don't make promises anymore that I can't keep, so saying I'll post 2x a week or even 1x a month just isn't going to happen. I certainly hope I can remain steady on the postings, but let's say for now I'll wait until I have something to say or show.
That I'm certain I'll be able to do.