I’ve been trying to come to terms with the knowledge that I have shamefully neglected this blog, and you, my 3 1/2 readers who haven’t completely given up on me. Whenever I resist doing something, there is always some logical, if not good reason that I am resistant. I’ve been thinking about what that reason could possibly be and after some discussion with one of my friends, I think the reason is something like this:
Pandas are way more fun than a “serious” blog about fine art.
The last four years have been the embodiment of that curse: May you live in interesting times. And the times I have been living in for the last four years have been interesting, to say the least. “These interesting times” include the collapse of the housing market, (which affects art sales) the stock market, (which affects art sales) and the job markets, (which affects art sales.) Did I mention that the art market, at least for us non-deceased blue chip artists, was severely affected?
But a bright spot appeared in my peripheral vision, while I was contemplating my crumbling art career.
They came sneaking in the back door, giggling and rolling around and breaking things, eating cuppycakes and running for president. I won’t tell the story here, but if you want to know more about the pandas, they have their own blog, The Panda Chronicles which you can read and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.
Back when I was in art school (and never mind how long ago that was,) I got it in my head that if you were to be considered a “serious artist” who did “serious art,” you must never stray from the path of seriousness. I tried to be good, I really did. I didn’t even indulge in printmaking, for goodness sake, let alone illustration or …gasp…cartooning.
But just as I have no intention of giving up painting to draw cartoons all the time, (I am kind of good at it, after all, and it has supported me for the last 25 years) I also don’t want to give up this blog, which has mostly been about my art career, at least until now. But I am too old and too cranky to follow the rules any longer. I am letting loose the bears.
So here is my goal for this blog: I will try to post once a week on Tuesdays. They may be very short posts, maybe just a new painting I’ve been working on, or an observation about the process of trying to get my first children’s book published. Or it may be a story that I have written. I am not going to restrict myself, or hide my pandas under a basket. (As if they’d stay there!) It’s time to give unrestricted free reign to my creative process and outpourings.
After all, when I named this blog after one of my favorite paintings, I named it: Nothing Overlooked.
Anne Belov paints, writes, makes prints, and is the founder of The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire. You can find her paintings at the Rob Schouten Gallery, her cartoons on The Panda Chronicles, and her new book here. She will be teaching beginning egg tempera at the Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio in April. for more information: contact WIFAS She also writes regularly for The Whidbey Life Magazine, a free journal of art and culture on Whidbey island.