A Visual Journal

Book&Pen

Putting something in the first post of a blog feels like starting a new scribbler. I hardly dare to spoil that first clean white page with any marks. I used to be so intimidated by the first page of new creative notebooks that I always started on the second page. Almost nothing seemed good enough to appear first. But tempted though I may be, I know I can’t leave the first post of my blog blank. Too obscure.

Then’s there is the odd fact about blogs that anyone reading this in the weeks ahead will read my first post last. Blogs make weird journals.

Despite the weirdness of blogs, I aim to rise to the challenge of this first post, by making a semi-solemn commitment to you. Which is: I will try to place a new small work of art in this Visual Journal every week.

I know the world isn’t exactly waiting breathlessly for more small visuals. Still I can’t believe all the wild and wonderful things I see online. It makes me want to jump in. I usually work everyday to make some project or other as beautiful as I can. Perhaps some of you would like to see what I’m up to. Or not. That’s Ok. There is something about making stuff that just compels a person to want to put it out there anyway.

Not everyone admires the same things. Which is a good. Otherwise we would all have the same wallpaper and curtains and that would be a Very Bad Thing, especially if they had cowboys and horses on them like some of the ones I grew up with. Therefore I won’t apologize much for the fact that this journal reflects only my personal taste. It is not everyone’s cup of tea. I know by now that I never make the type big enough for most people and I use too much pink, which I am told men do not like (though I swear I know some who do). Also I don’t have a lot of important things to say about everyonelse’s art. I’m just going to share some of my work and influences. One of the things I’ve learned is that if you make something to please yourself, there is probably at least one guy out there who’ll be pleased to see it too.

In that spirit, I offer my first post this Friday and my first visual now: “This is My Cup of Tea.”

Book&Drawing