Struggled with a bit of a quandary this week regarding my blog, my personality, and my "public image". Someone who shall remain nameless, except to say that their name rhymes with "dad", like, sounds EXACTLY like that, gave me some very difficult to hear feedback that amounted to "You may not be everyone's cup of tea. Ever consider, oh, completely hiding your personality or possibly being all fake?"
Okay, that wasn't what he said, but in my hurty-feelings/ pouty state, that was what I heard. Until a couple days later when I was no longer mad, and able to seriously consider his point. I asked my close friends what they thought, then branched out to creative professionals who, like me, are basically their own brand, and, like me, lean towards the sarcastic side.
Most toed the "If people have a problem with me they can kiss my __" party line,
but one made an excellent point. She asked if I'd ever had the experience of really liking a certain actor, then being turned off by seeing them interviewed. YES. Big time. Several times, and it kind of wrecked my enjoyment of their work.
Okay. Point taken. As the saying goes, "You can be the most luscious peach in the world; there will always be someone who doesn't like peaches."
Maybe by offering people only one way to experience my art online, I was being a bit selfish by insisting they be funneled through the platinum level "Sue membership", the one that includes all the *bonus materials.*
But--- big but--- I am not willing to create some fake persona to suit people I don't even know, and who may not want to know me.
The best solution I could come up with was to create another site that has NO personality at all. Just artwork. Pictures of art only. And gallery links, show dates, and a way to contact me. But that's it. So now if anyone wants to share my work with people they can, without fear of offending or weirding out anyone.
Here it is.
It got me thinking quite a bit about what exactly I'm trying to do with this blog, Suelandia. I guess in a way I'm trying to create a community around myself. I'm assuming if you're here, you are at least somewhat a supporter of mine, and to someone who often goes days without seeing another human, that's big.
Seriously, when you comment or *like* or whatever, it feels like you are laughing at my dumb jokes and high-fiving me. I like feeling connected to people. Sure it's online and mostly silent, but I still appreciate it very much.
This is why I like showing you guys, the people who have *bought in* so to speak, my process, my behind the scenes pics, and don't even mind sharing my private thoughts about not just the art stuff, but life stuff too. Sure every once in a while there may be some colorful language. But hey--
And I do keep it to a minimum. I can be bold, brash, blunt, sarcastic and supremely confident sometimes, and insecure, sad, vulnerable, or angry other times, and I always like to try to be funny. I just don't think there is any problem with people knowing this about me. I am a human being, who makes art for a living.
I guess the bottom line is, if you're still here, and keep coming back, thank you, seriously, from the bottom of my heart.
Be my guest to follow the other site too, and feel free to share it with whomever you'd like. It won't be updated as often, and will only show pics of completed work, without commentary.
I finished a couple pieces over the weekend, and have about 4 more wall pieces in process. More pics and maybe a vid next week.