Catching Up – 2018 Art

So as I mentioned last month, I’m trying to catch-up with posting my art from the past two years here on the site instead of just on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter.  Today I’ll do 2018.

Looking at the total output of paintings I finished, it wasn’t a very productive year overall, BUT I did create art.  I wasn’t totally shut down and sucked into online gaming (which I started back up in December 2017 as stress relief) but neither was I doing art every day either.  I still haven’t arrived as a happy balance and there are days I want to create but get lazy and log on instead.  I’ll figure it out eventually.

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Wow. Such empty. So missing.

That about explains my lack of anything here on the site.  Looking at when I stopped posting, I can tag it to right about when I started playing Final Fantasy XIV, shortly after my husband had surgery in December 2017.  And I fully realize and acknowledge that online gaming tends to suck my creativity in ways I can’t explain.  However, I’d resisted playing this game for quite a long time, so I’ve managed it a bit better than previous times I’ve gamed.  I have made art (some of it quite lovely, matter of fact!) and I’ve posted said art online… just not here on my own website.  Which makes no sense and yet it does.

Taking a photo of a piece of art with my phone and just popping it online via Instagram or Twitter is just so simple and easy.  Snap pic, open app, post online, profit!  To update the website take effort, something that I was lazy about.  I always had the idea that this site should be the “good” one, where the more professional looking images are posted and not the crappy lit ones taken at my desk.  I’d edit them properly and save with appropriate file names and and and… that all got lost.  And the more it got lost, the more I felt guilty about not keeping up with the site and letting it languish.

I finally sat down and finished updating the images in all the blog posts to be larger and from the same media library.  I still need to work on getting all my actual galleries to be in the same media library but that’s not as vital as the rest.  And because my art output lagged in the past two-ish years, I don’t have a huge amount of art photos to add here.  That’s a good thing.    I also have some stories/articles I want to write and post, stuff that doesn’t work on Twitter and certainly wouldn’t go on a Facebook page.  I always had aspirations to make this a “professional portfolio” site but I’ve come to realize that’s not me.  I’m more than just my art images.  I’m a gamer who plays probably way too much.  A writer who needs to take the stories I write in my head as I’m falling asleep and write them down. I’m someone who can babble on about a topic when I’m invested in it.  And keeping all those items spread out across the internet in separate places doesn’t make sense.  

So, I’m going to try to keep here updated more often and instead of putting content elsewhere, I’ll put it here and link it elsewhere. That will hopefully make me pay attention to this website I’ve had for so many, many years now.

State of the Art – 9/9/2018

So I thought it might be a good idea to revive these semi-regular art updates to let folks know what’s going on (and to make it seem the site isn’t inactive).  I’ve slowly been going back through all my posts to update the image links in them.  It’s frankly a huge pain to do but it also allows me to make sure the images are all correct (a few have been broken) and that the images are stored in Word Press’s media library instead of via a gallery plug-in.  There’s nothing actually wrong with the gallery I had been using but I also don’t want to be reliant on a plug-in which needs to be updated anytime WP changes.  I do still use a gallery plug-in, but it builds its albums from the WP media library, so the locations of the files themselves don’t ever change.  If I want to change an album (or even delete it entirely) that doesn’t affect the image files at all, whereas with the other plug-in, changing the albums and galleries affected all the images in there, hence some posts had broken image links.  I don’t want that, so I’m taking the time to change it all. 

Other than that, I’m still creating art.  I post works-in-progress (WIPs), completed pieces, and random photos of my doggo Jasper over on Instagram if anyone feels like following there.  My own website tends to lag behind in updates because I’d rather post my scanned photos of art here and that takes more time than sharing a photo from my phone.  I promise I’ll get caught up sooner or later, but my preference is sooner.