Not that it is something to celebrate, but this is my 400th blog post. I noticed the numbers just after I published my last one and I was quite surprised I had written so many. Still, it provides me with a good excuse to say a big thank you to everyone who stops by and especially those that take time to comment. There are millions of blogs out there and we all have lives to lead, so I appreciate it very much!
When I first set up my blog, I wondered how on earth I'd manage to keep it going - at that time I had only a few (maybe 15 or so) drawings to my name. All portraits and all laboured over for weeks and sometimes months. (OK, maybe I wasn't so productive pre-computers!) So it was a big step to set up a sketch blog relying solely on posting what I was currently drawing. (That was the intention but Kuwait was a mine of inspiration for taking photos too and I quickly got carried away!) Seeing that I had written nearly 400 blog posts was a surprise but that is nothing to the amazement I continually feel when I see how many drawings I've produced in that time. Three years ago, I truly wouldn't have believed I was capable of producing so many or of tackling some of the subjects I did.
Although things have been quiet on the blog recently, this is by far the best year, artistically, for me. I said I was going to concentrate on 'putting my work out there' and I have been - and doing things completely out of character for me! I'm going to toot my own horn and count my chickens before they are hatched now, because I've been talking shows to various people, and I don't want to say too much but my blog has been noticed for the writing and photos too so I hope in the future to see those published locally! My long term plan is going more slowly, with some minor frustrations, but it's something I'm going to plug away at. So far, just tentatively putting myself out there has brought some wonderful and unexpected results so I'm a very happy bunny at the moment! In fact, just starting a blog was out of character for me - maybe there is a lesson to be learned from that?!