This post feels a bit scary. I’m going out on a limb and starting a side blog, another blog for a specific purpose and period of time. It is called Letters To An Artist with the tagline being “365 Imagined Letters from the Father to His Artist Child”. Today will be the only time I reference this blog to you, my dear readers on Drawn2Life. I will NOT be posting daily post alerts on Facebook or Twitter or EDM Yahoo. The blog is there for you if you have interest in it. It offers share buttons at the end of each post, because it’s the kind of thing you may want to share with a specific friend or friends. But if you want/need alerts about the daily postings, you’ll have to subscribe to the blog, since I will not post alerts like I do for Drawn2Life and my other blogs.
I know, I know…I’m crazy to do this. With only a few days away from the busiest time of my year, the Art Show at the school where I teach, here I am starting something that requires I tend to it each and every day. The only thing I can say to you is that I am compelled to start this project both for myself, and for any readers who may be encouraged by it. Many things have been brewing lately in my heart and mind ever since last weekend when Maddie was sick with strep throat. (If I ever needed proof that interruptions in life are actually seedbeds for new or renewed creativity, it’s been this week!) I won’t go into all that. But I’ll tell you a bit about the blog’s reason and purpose.
I’m pretty sure I’ve shared with you here in Drawn2Life some of the struggles of being an artist alongside being a wife, mother, teacher. What I do not tend to share with you outright is that I daily take these struggles to God, my Creator, and I write it all out in journals. I’ve done this for years and years. A few days ago, I began to switch the direction of the writings. Instead of me pouring out these struggles I deal with day in and day out, year in and year out, as if I’m talking to Him; I thought I’d see what it would be like to write, imagining that God was writing to me. I have received such good direction from my Maker for many years, through many sources. Sometimes the direction has been hard or difficult, yet always needed. Ofttimes it’s exhilarating and renewing.
When I wrote the first one, the second one then flew off my pen, and I haven’t been able to stop writing since. But you may have no interest in this, and that is your prerogative! This “side blog” DOES include artwork. It is purposefully set small in size compared to the “letter”. But you can always click on the image to get a better view of it. I toyed with the idea of creating new artwork for this blog. But quickly realized I need to be realistic and cull from the trove of artwork I have already.
Rest assured, business as usual will go on here on Drawn2Life!! Keep tuning in here, whether or not you decide to follow on the “side blog”. And some of you are so kindly checking in on me at Drawn2Knit and Drawn2Be. It must be dizzying for you. But I do appreciate each and every one of your visits, and as always love reading and responding back to your comments.
I’ve kept the blog on a private setting for a couple of days, giving it a dry run, so-to-speak. The scary aspect of this is the 365 thing. The commitment to do this for an entire year. I really don’t know whether I can do it or not. But I’m up for trying and I know it will be enriching for me to put my mind to this. Perhaps it will be for you…I’d love to think so.
Click here if you’d like to check out this “side blog” of mine. May your day be a drawing day, a painting day, a make something day!