Thursday, 12 June 2014

The Art of Blogging

I'm relatively new to this blogging lark and I've been wondering and pondering on whether my posts need to be in depth/spiritual/life changing/funny/inspiring/mind blowing? Should my blog posts be long? Or short? Structured? Rambling? So. Many. Questions! (If you have any ideas for me on blogging please let me know!) There is something in this for me about 'being seen', sharing my art and connecting with you. Maybe I could just ramble along writing whatever comes into my head (errmmm like you are now Gracie) ... and share some art :) Yayy! Great idea me! Here's some stuff I've been playing with in my sketchbooks.

This is my large A3 size sketchbook, nice to really stretch out and play big in this one:

The hair on this next one was inspired by Tam and also Alice Savage's work. I'd heard people rave on about how meditative doing this sort of 'line work' is and I have to say it really is!

 I'm loving the colour combination of pink, yellows and blue right now.

I'm also enjoying playing around with face shapes and angles, this next one's a work in progress. Not entirely sure what to do next on it...

Ha I've just realised this is a combo of yellow and blue again! ...maybe it needs some pink...

Since my last post I've been lucky enough to hang out with these two lovely ladies, beautiful Mia and pretty Juliet. Love them! :)

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  1. your art is so soft gentle and beautiful. I am honored to see it.
    susan lea s.

  2. dear Gracie! Your blog post should be JUST THE WAY you feel they need to be! Want to write less? Than do so....want to write a longer post? Then be my guess! Ițm also struggling sometimes with this...shall I write something and WHAT shall I say along with this page, etc....and most of the time I find that if I just let it go and just write without thinking too much, the words are comeing to me and I find myself writing a blog post in no time! @graciehowle Sometimes is easier, sometimes you have to dig deep inside to find the answer....BUT whatever you do, just follow your heart.

    Much love,

  3. LOVE that first piece with the cat!! Brave working in an A3 journal! The biggest I'm working currently is A4 which feels a lot bigger than the A5 journals I'd been keeping for years.

    With regards to blogging: blog what lights you up. Blog what you want to say. Blog what you CAN'T NOT say. I've had a blog for over 10 years now (not always art related, it's always morphed with who I am and my interests) but previously I'd always fizzle out after a while. I realised it was because of several reasons: I was trying to please my audience not myself, I was censoring myself in order to appeal to EVERYONE, I wanted my posts to be commented on (i.e. I was writing for the comments, not for writing itself). Basically, I wasn't being me. I've realised now that it's me and my 'meness' that is attractive (and it's not attractive to some people, and that is OK) and that's what's easiest to be and what's easiest to keep up and be consistent with. So my blog is mostly about mixed media art, art journalling and also my kids, because those are the things that make my heart sing. Oh and don't be afraid to be vulnerable, don't have to be shiny and happy all the time if you don't feel like it, and candid posts tend to make people be able to really connect with you.

    1. Thanks Iris :) Wow a blogger for 10 years, that's awesome! Loving the advice xx

    2. Gracie, your art is so lovely and soft. I love the colours and I love how you position the faces on the page. And what great advice from Iris about blogging. To stay true to yourself and just be yourself whilst you blog. Just share what makes you sing and what you love.