Starting over from scratch.

I had a half-assed, rarely-updated blog by this name over on WordPress for a while. I started it because I liked the idea of becoming a blogger, but somewhere between aspiration and execution I kept getting stuck.

Part of my problem was that I had no clear vision of what kind of blog it was going to be. If it was going to be an art blog, would it be specifically about painting and art technique, orĀ  about creativity in general? And if it was going to be an art blog, would there still be room for all my other interests, including (but not limited to): sewing, textiles, decorating, thrift stores, scavenging, recycling, books, fashion, refinishing furniture, photography, needlework, art history, and adopting fucked-up old cats and taking them to the vet a lot?

And then there was the problem of commitment. To write (draw, paint, sew, photograph, etc.) enough interesting content to keep the blog I had in mind going for months or years on end, updating at least twice a week (and ideally more often), is a lot of work. To do it right, to do it the way I imagined it, would be a full-time career in itself. Did I really want that?

The answer, as you can see, turned out to be “Yes.” I’ve needed to shake things up for a very long time, and if not now, when? The longer I thought about it, the more sense it made. So I dusted off the domain I bought years ago, found a suitable host, and installed a fresh version of WordPress. The old blog is still there, but I decided that if I wanted to do this right it deserved a clean, blank canvas without a lot of old rub-outs and clumsy paint-overs.

So here I am. Again. Anew. And this time, I’m in it for real. It’ll probably be slow around here at first. But as I pick up steam in the next month or so things should start to get interesting. Coming up tomorrow, I’ve got a book review (Glen Duncan’s The Last Werewolf), and on Monday I’ll kick off a weekly series of posts in which I experiment with unconventional materials and attempt to make art with them. (Will I succeed? You’ll just have to wait and see.)