How does I art blog?

Y’know, I always had a fondness for writing, but ever since I graduated college, I thought my days of typing words for four page essays were behind me. Obviously, I’m an artist, thus creating illustrations was the most comfortable form of communication to share the inner workings of my weird mind. That’s why when I decided I wanted to make a blog I was stumped. What the heck do I even try to talk about here? Art? Well duh, but what else? How I get ideas? That picture of my dog I took yesterday? Well for those of you that have the smallest curiosity of what I would even write here (God bless you), my answer is…..I don’t have a freaking clue.

To be honest, I came to the conclusion that not knowing is totally okay to me. I decided recently that I really wanted another outlet to convey my inner thoughts and musings outside of the typical Instagram post or portfolio update, and that meant I wanted to be as open and raw as possible. Social media is nice, but constricting verbally, and I want to connect with my audience on a more personal level. I want them to know me outside of the pictures I paint, to have an understanding of why I create what I create, or do what I do. I want to share my world (as uneventful that may or may not be).

Also, at the moment I am a full time teacher. I love sharing my knowledge to help people with artistic endeavors, whether they are at the beginning or in the middle of their journey. Art isn’t a secret, and it always boggles my mind when I see other creatives treat it as such. It’s not a competition. Artists thrive off the ideals of the world, we create based on new knowledge and experiences, and that includes other artists. I feel that if I have any sort of helpful insight that I can contribute to somebody, that’s a win for me, not a loss.

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on”

-Albert Einstein

So in summary I want this blog to not only be musings of just the paintings I make, convention journeys I take, or thoughts on random aspects of my life, but a place that people can take away some small smidgen of information that will be useful, whether they are a creative or not.

That being said, I can’t promise there won’t be some silly happenings I decide to post about, cause that’s just how I tick. I can be like night and day. I can either invest the most contemplative and serious of thoughts in a conversation, delving into personal ideals or moralities, or laugh for ten minutes cause someone said the word pumpernickel. So, in hindsight, if me spitting word vomit on a page has piqued your interest, buckle up friends cause it’s going to be an interesting ride, so I hope you enjoy your stay.

Cheers!

-Ashley