When I first started this blog, back when I first retired, I tried to post every day - and I put up everything. I had photos of sunrises, recipes, pictures of food, poetry, family history. And back then, people read each other's blogs, commented, and made friends over the ether. But over the years I've narrowed my focus here to pretty much just art.
I'm not sure that's such a good thing.
Of course the nature of internet posting has changed since I left teaching. Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and so on have superseded personal blogs, most of which seem to be filled with advertising that freezes up the screen of my aging computer. Pretty much nobody makes comments any more, and probably pretty much nobody visits personal blogs any more.
This might be OK. With few visitors and fewer comments, I can post about whatever interest grabs my brain today.
So, first off, I have only one resolution for 2016, the same one I had in 2015 and 2014, which is to find a reason to celebrate something each and every month, and to share a bottle of champagne with my dear husband. This has been a fine resolution, and has led to some very enjoyable times.
On the topic of art, I have mostly been doing informal sketches in my many sketchbook/journals. I keep thinking that at some point I might offer an informal group to teens in town on this topic, but I never seem to be at a place where I think I have my act enough together to do it.
I did sit down last night to paint an 8x10 inch acrylic for Julia Kay's Portrait Party, an online group in which I occasionally participate. This is Valerie, whom I have never actually met, but whose dramatically lit photo called out to me. I had the feeling I wanted to try some portraits using very bright colors, and in a stylized way. My first try (not posted) was only marginally successful, but I rather like this one.