Tuesday, August 07, 2007

First Anniversary: My Blog at One Year


PB&J No. 4
oil on gallery wrap canvas

12'' x 24"

Well it's been one year since my first post. Hoorah! I wasn't sure at first if this endeavor would amount to anything, or just take up a lot of my time. I have to say, it's been a blast. The postive aspects of it have been numerous. First off, I think it has improved my painting in general. I thought, if I'm going to place images of my paintings up for everyone to see, I had better be creating work that I'm proud of. With that in mind I tend to work a little harder than I might other wise.

The feedback from visitors is really important. In addition to the up-lifiting effect of positive comments, it helps me judge what is working, and what is not. A valuable tool. So, I'd like to thank all of those who took the time to remark on my paintings during the previous twelve months. Thanks.

Another perk from having a blog is being a part of the blogging community. I've discovered so many new artists by following the multitude of links each site provides. The only problem with this is the addictive nature of visiting those links. It's really hard to stop.

I'd like to add one more thank you to Belinda DelPesco who encouraged me to create a blog in the first place. She was very enthusiastic about her own blog, and easily convinced me to start one of my own. Belinda took the time to walk me through the particulars of creating a blog. Sparing me the time I would have had to spend figuring it out. I'd also like to send a word of thanks to Jeff Hayes who gave me the benefit of his extensive knowledge of the blogging world. These two artists were essential in the formation of my blog. So, Jeff and Belinda - Thank You!

Above is the fifth of the finished paintings planned for the show at Wynne/Falconer on September 8th. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are quickly becoming one of my most popular subjects. They're fun to paint, and I've got many more in the works, so I hope they continue to sell. If you are interested in a pre-show purchase of this paintings you will find contact information by clicking here. The gallery has asked to inform potential buyers that the painting must remain in the gallery throughout the duration of the show.


11 comments:

The Epiphany Artist said...

Congratulations on your blogging anniversary!

Belinda Del Pesco said...

Hearty congratulations on your anniversary! Your sentiments about painting & posting with regularity, and the wonderous community of artist blogs are right-on... it's all good. And seeing your work hot off the easel is an *inspiration*, so thank you for blogging. [I admit - my motives were selfish.] Thanks for the kind words.:o)
Belinda

Jayne Rose said...

A whole year already? Goes by really fast, doesn't it?

Your comment about blogging has helped your painting hit close to home. I always tried to paint the best I could, but knowing that I will be posting both my preliminary and finished pieces to be viewed by my peers (as well as art loving customers), well, it pushed me a bit harder...without knowing it at the timed.

That's a good thing.

Jiddje said...

Congratulations on your first year blogging anniversary. I hope I can make it that far. You "ended" your first year with a beautiful painting. Man! This is great! I wish you and your wife a lot of succes on your upcoming show and looking forward to see your next masterpiece - Jiddje

Jelaine Faunce said...

Happy Anniversary!

The Painted Sky said...

Neil, I also enjoy hopping from blog link to blog link and I've just found your blog on your 1 year anniversary. Congratulations, looks good.

Have linked it to my blog and will will take some time out soon to read the archived posts.

PS good luck with the upcoming exhibition.

This Painting Life said...

Congratulations on one year blogging..its a great invention the blog! I admire your work and have been looking at it for quite awhile the paintings have a great sense of light.

Carol Marine said...

Happy anniversary, and here's to many more!!! I agree with you wholeheartedly on all the reasons for art blogging being great. I visit your blog regularly and enjoy every one of your beautiful paintings. Keep up the great work!

A Reason to Paint said...

Congratulations on your first blogging anniversary and thank you for sharing your progress; it's a pleasure to regularly view your work.

stephen erik schirle said...

this is such a great still life, there's a real dynamic quality to it, feels very large and in your face.. nice!

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