I just wanted to let you all know that I've started another blog on my actual painting website - you can view it here, where I've posted about looking past the obvious to find better painting compositions. I'm still going to keep this blog, and will continue to post here at least 1-2 times per week. I'll probably only update the one on my website every other week or so.
I've never viewed this blog as a marketing tool, but rather as a way to connect with other artists. When I started blogging, I didn't know any other artists, and reading the blogs of others was a great way to get a glimpse into the working lives of people doing what I wanted to do someday. Now that I'm painting for a living, I like to use this blog in the same way, and hope that my thoughts or experiences might be useful for other artists starting out. As such, I like to be fairly honest and transparent about things like goals, and rejection, and my struggles with the painting process. Because of that, I've never promoted this blog on my actual website. I figured I would feel more guarded if I knew I was providing a link for potential collectors, which I know is silly since a google search of my name and "art" brings up this blog directly below my website (and I've had folks who own my work comment on here regularly). It's just a weird mental thing, I guess!
Anyhow, I got to thinking recently that I wanted my website to have more content to hold the interest of potential collectors and bring people back on a regular basis, so I decided to start the blog over there for that reason. The posts will be mostly discussion of the painting process - e.g. what I was thinking when I painted a recent painting, what I was working on etc. My posts here will still be a mix of whatever I feel like rambling about, whether it be goals or musings about being an artist.
Who knows whether either one is worth reading, or whether my ramblings will ever be useful to anyone else, but for what it's worth I thought I'd share anyhow!!