As thoughts begin to swirl more thickly around my head I find myself writing another re-start post to my blog. I’ve done this a few times - re-started I mean, and I guess I need to ask why?
My blog began without manifesto. A series of posts that were plucked from thoughts, sights, sounds and whatever came my way as I made my way through the day. I vaguely thought it might start to explain my approach to art - and maybe give me some insight into what I was doing!
In some ways this has proven to be the case - revealing a quixotic approach to subject matter and form; along with a tendency to doodle with words. It is the benefit of seeing my thoughts written - spaced out in front of me, layers of spaghetti stretched flat so that I can recognise them and me for what they (I) are (am), that has made me restart though.
It’s strange that I feel more confident in myself when I express my doubt to an unknown audience? Maybe it’s my inner narcissist? Maybe the discipline of putting words in front of others? Whatever - it’s my reason to begin again.
Why words? I’m not sure. Drawing also has a similar effect - sketches, doodles - actual drawings; these are ways of thinking - tracing lines across mistakes to find a path. And I think there will be times when those drawings will make their way on here - especially comics and cartoons (though they’ll be tonnes on other social media if not, I’m sure!), but I’ve come to realise I exist in words and image (as well as y’know, flesh), and though these often cross over - that’s not always the case.
Over the last year my blog was really only about one specific course - which turned out to be great, but while I enjoyed that, I think that I lost my voice for a bit - bad luck it seems to be coming back. These vignettes - the length of a thought and a raised eyebrow, feel as though they are about right for my... attention span.
I guess my posts will be sporadic at first, but there’s a lot to talk about at the moment, so I hope that picks as life generates more material - it’s good like that.