Beginning something new can often start with small impulses, grand revelations, leaps of faith or all the above. In my studio the raw canvas or blank paper often is initiated with a tentative mark or sweeping gesture. Just getting something down without expectations or inner criticism can be the difference between a good fresh start or a day of mindless distractions.
My favorite and most successful projects are those where I start with the one rule that there are no rules. There will be plenty of problem solving ahead but I tell myself to just get started. Images surge, then retreat, then perhaps reappear. This uncharted world is one I’ve chosen and am strangely comfortable with.
But now I am visiting a world foreign to me. I am taking an online course. I have committed myself to learn about social media and to embrace the virtually unembraceable.
My goal is to create a structured system where the ideas and images generated can be clearly presented online. This takes a lot of learning and then it takes a lot of action!
Visually, I am taking photos, editing and organizing them. Verbally, I am brainstorming content ideas and writing and rewriting. Technically, I am learning how and where to put everything, platforms, postings and pinnings abound.
All this information has been coming in but it is now time for the output to come out. My assignment is to create a blog. My First. It has been a slow start but with a mark here and a gesture there I have got something down. Unruly, rough and tentative perhaps but consider this the end to my new beginning. I did it. My first blog is a blog about learning to blog. As life in the studio has shown me, sometimes circling back around an idea is the best way to move it ahead. Onward!