Self Portrait (art journal page)This is my 100th blog post! I thought I'd feature a self-portrait art journal page as the artwork for this somewhat introspective post. I started this blog as part of Shimelle's Blogging for Scrapbookers class, and I'm so glad I did. My goals were modest - to find a way to start organizing and cataloging my art. I feel like I've accomplished that, and so much more!
First and foremost, thanks to all of you who have become regular followers and commenters. I feel like I have new friends all over the United States, England, Northern Ireland and Australia. I never expected to find a new circle of virtual friends. I love reading your blogs and learning more about your lives.
I've also found my blog to be motivating. You push me to be a better and more prolific artist. Thank-you!
Finally, in addition to cataloging my artwork, I have found this blog to be an invaluable resource for cataloging my thoughts about my art and life as an artist. Thank you for engaging in discussions about style and process and everything else.
I looked back over my 100 posts, and it was very interesting! I started with a rooster and some organic art to help explain the title of my blog. You've seen a lot of my collage art, cardss and scrapbook pages, Tim tags, Christmas projects and photos. I've fallen into a happy pattern of trying to post a scrapbook page, a photo and a card once a week and then filling out the rest of the week with mixed media art. I really like doing tutorials and give-aways but not necessarily on a scheduled basis. And here our my ten favorite posts out of the first 100:
"The Butterfly Seller" Probably my most popular art journal page.
"Using Your Photographs in Your Art" This really helped me organize my thoughts, especially the a-ha movement I had of using my photos as inspiration for other art pieces.
"New Year's Day Card Recipe" A fun tutorial with so many wonderful participants.
"I Love This Photo" This helped me realize that my blog can be a place to share photographs as art.
"The Creative Circle Blog Party" This is where I feel like I really got to know so many of you, and I had fun with all our projects.
"Cherish Your Heritage" One of my favorite mixed media pieces and the post draws together thoughts about the creative process.
"It's all about the light" A catalog of photography tips, generated by you all, that is incredibly helpful.
"What do you plan for it?" The first in the series. Has two of my favorite mixed media pieces and my living room. This is a reminder to do another post along these lines soon.
"October Class Review" I like doing these - it helps me figure out what works and doesn't work for me in classes. I'll need to get working on my January Class Review soon.
"Never Forget Those Who Served" One of my favorite scrapbooking posts. Not for the layout, which is old and somewhat uninspired but because of the revised journaling which I was really only to do because I blog.
If you started or refreshed your blog as part of Shimelle's Class, you must be at about 100 posts, too. What are your thoughts on your blog?