View Full Version : I'm making my artist journal online now.

Cathy Morgan
03-05-2003, 05:27 PM
I never thought I'd want to post my private artist journal online, but this last weekend I suddenly really wanted to do it. I decided to use the Radio Userland software and presto - I'm writing! Seems as if the last bowl I'm working on led me to this. It's iron and copper mesh, with a little bit of paper. The copper mesh bowl form is very definite, yet at the same time, transparent. It seems as if this bowl led me toward becoming more transparent, myself.

If you're interested in creative process and curious about how another artist thinks and feels about her work, day to day, please feel free to check it out. It's fun because you can add your own comments to any of my posts. I welcome your thoughts.

Here's the link: http://radio.weblogs.com/0120691/

Here's the description:

Hand Forged Vessels
A woman blacksmith's journey to creative power, learning how to increase psychic energy, use dream interpretation, learning to work freely and fully - making hand forged vessels, hand-made paper bowls, tree spirits art, mixed media vessels. Categories include quotes on creativity, blacksmith training, and living a simple life in the woods.Hand Forged Vessels

Cathy Morgan
03-18-2003, 10:45 PM
I read that Arial doesn't look good on Macs, so I changed the font to Verdana (which is very readable online) and increased the size a notch. I hope this will make the journal more pleasant to read.

Anyone else posting an artist weblog or online journal? I'd love to read about other artists' process.

Rose Queen
03-19-2003, 09:40 PM
Brave woman! I took at look and it's quite readable (I'm on a PC, tho). I was going to leave a comment on one section, but even with a high-speed connection, it was taking so long for the comment screen to come up that I gave up (did I mention how impatient I am?).

I see you have a creativity coach; this is a concept I'm not familiar with and might be helpful for many of us who hang about in this forum. Would you mind expanding on that a bit to tell us what such a coach is and does?

If you didn't already have a coach, I'd say you were ripe for The Artist's Way, because those dreams really strike a chord with me! If you haven't already, you might want to check a copy out of your local library -- you might find the program meshes well with your coach. I found it meshed incredibly well with therapy, for example.

Anyway, good on ya, as the Australians say, for being brave enough to put yourself out there!

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Cathy Morgan
03-19-2003, 11:04 PM
Thanks, Rose Queen, for your encouragement. It does seem to be helping me to do the online journal. I'd encourage others to do it too. The Radio Userland software makes it very easy to do. "Think, write, and it's posted!"

There's a post in the journal on the creativity coaching, dated 3/5/03. The link is to Eric Maisel's (http://www.ericmaisel.com) site. Anyone who likes Julia Cameron's Artist's Way might well like Eric Maisel's books as well. I recommend Fearless Creating, which is a sort of workbook like the Artist's Way - but with a different approach.

The Artist's Way is more New Age, while Fearless Creating is more existentialist. I find much value in both. Maisel also has a more recent book, The Van Gogh Blues, about creativity and depression. That's really excellent too.

I found that I worked with the Artist Way much better by leading a group on it. My earlier career was as a consultant and group facilitator, so it was a natural for me to do. This got me to be really serious and I put a lot into it - and got a lot out.

The creativity coaching I'm getting now is free, as I'm a "practice client" for someone Eric Maisel is training. I really lucked out. Anyone can sign up for the next round of training - details on his site.

(I guess this just goes to show that someone can read a lot of books, do a lot of work on creative process, even coach others - and still have trouble with her own creative process!)

03-19-2003, 11:20 PM
I look at your journal and it's very good ! I don't think I would be able to hold an art journal.

I however have a blog, but it's in French (it's easier to rant in my first language lol)

03-20-2003, 01:18 AM
I checked your journal...it's fantastic. (and the rest of your site is neat as well)

You are awesome to be so brave. I also have one on my site... the only problem is that sometimes I just don't feel like writing very much and not nearly as brave to put all my emotions and thoughts as I know my mother and grandmother check out my journal once a week. It ends up being edited quite a bit. So quite often my journal is a scanned sketch or something I was working on that day with very few words. :)


Cathy Morgan
03-20-2003, 09:18 AM
It's great in a way that your mother and grandmother take time to read your journal. I can see also how this could be pretty inhibiting! My grown children may or may not read mine, but that's not anything near the same. (After all, I'm the matriarch, right? Well, maybe.)

An online journal isn't a substitute for a private journal, anyway. Other people would be bored stiff by my private ramblings and notes, while every once in a while something I jotted down proves useful to me later.

There's another option too - a semiprivate journal. You could form a sort of private journal group (started to write "grope") with a few other artists, so that only the group has access to the messages. It could be done as a mailing list or as an online group. I think Yahoo still offers free private groups. You just select that it not be public, when you set up the group. Of course, you'd have to find some people who'd want to do it with you.

Bethg, would you feel comfortable posting a link to your website?

03-21-2003, 12:56 AM

It's www.bethsart.com

I know that I would never have a full unedited version of my journal on my site anyway, I was half joking when I mentioned my mother and grandmother. They do go, and I seriously don't care who reads the journal but since I know they will read it; it maybe even more edited then it needs to be.

As for a semi-private journal, I know I wouldn't do it. I don't have the time and the only other artists I talk to is here. :)


03-22-2003, 02:14 AM
Hi Cathy and everyone,

This is my first post! I enjoyed your journal Cathy.. I have one myself on blogger.com, my blog is called :http://www.jelene.com/brainfizz.html

I post what paintings I am working on, I post pictures and just post my life stuff in general. I started it in about 1998.. but I removed most of my old posts, since it got so big!

I'm enjoying going through all the posts here.. there are so many it becomes a bit overwhelming at first!

Jelene :)