Tuesday, November 18, 2008
content no longer relevant
While I have learned not to take it personally when my work is not accepted into a juried exhibition, I have not yet learned to do the same when someone unsubscribes from my blog. Feedblitz feels it is necessary to let me know when someone has unsubbed - and WHY. Why am I wounded to the quick when someone opts out of receiving my updates? God knows I have done the same -- when I am overwhelmed, when I am consistently bored with a blog, or when in fact, I no longer find the content relevant to my life or interests. So why should I take it personally when someone leaves my blog for the same reasons? Sigh... I guess I am haunted by the comment about my content. What is no longer relevant about it? Is it too personal? Does it stray too far from ART topics? Do I show too much of my work in process -- or not enough? Or, after 4 yrs of blogging, have I become redundant? Not thoughtful enough? Too superficial? Second-guessing is an exercise in futility, so I shall move on. Another day in the studio and a scarf commission. But here is the problem when somebody says "I want THAT one" and it is already sold. They say "make me one like it." But there is no such thing. You can maybe put some of the same elements into another piece (and this is not just scarves, but any artwork - right?) - but it will never be the one they fell in love with that was already taken. So for those of you who do commissions, how do you deal with it? I left a bunch drying - but one of a kind is one of a kind. In the meantime, the scarves are not only a change of pace, they are major avoidance. I have two pieces needing to be stitched and I have not been in the mood. Maybe once my right eye is back to normal, I will be in a better mood to sew. I have been to the eye doctor so often that one of my friends asked whether I was having an affair with him. SNORT. Friday, Monday, and now tomorrow I am seeing the retinologist because I have a swollen macula - a side effect of my Sept. cataract surgery. Fun, fun, fun. Winter has crashed into New Jersey - there was a dusting of snow on the cars early this morning; gone by the time I was up and out. But winter jacket, clogs:-( and gloves are now the order of the day. Bleh. Today, I brought my own homemade soup for lunch - the Caribbean health food place is still shuttered. Meanwhile, back at the house...there may be a freeze warning for tonight, but I can still pretend it is warm as I water my asparagus fern. Look at these red berries: does anybody know whether they are just decorative or are seeds or what? (Can you tell I'm plant-challenged?). Funny that they only appear after I've brought the plant indoors. I mean, what blooms in November?The titanium-sole-plated Panasonic iron I ordered from Amazon arrived today. Sarah Ann Smith raved so much about hers, to which nothing reportedly sticks, that I decided I needed one, too. After all, nobody can have too many irons. Now I just have to decide whether I use it here or take it to the studio. Ok, now I understand why that person ditched my blog. Who on earth wants to hear about irons? Time for some dark chocolate.