Questioning …

“Midnight Magnolia” … © Lois Bryan Photography and Digital Art

My little blog … which is all about giving my art-stuff yet another avenue out into the universe … may be undergoing a bit of a change.  Maybe.  I’m thinking.  More on that in a minute.  Don’t worry, it’ll all eventually tie together.  That is, unless I forget where I’m going with this.  Which can happen.        

I’m taking a class in digital watercolor in Rebelle, a digital art program … (like paints and brushes and pencils and canvas … without the paints and brushes and pencils and canvasses).  I started on the class the other evening.  Though I could make time for my arty stuff during the day, somehow I rarely do.  I usually wait until I can curl up on the sofa in the quiet of the evenings, Buddy-The-Dog stretched out beside me, tv on in the background playing something inoffensive I won’t pay attention to (thank you Hallmark Channel 🥴).  

The digital art stuff … it’s always fascinating … and I LOVE it … I eat it, sleep it, dream about it … a magnificent obsession.  Here are a couple of examples of my pre-class watercolor efforts …  

The Gardener … © Lois Bryan Photography and Digital Art

Marvelous Mauve Peruvian Lilies … © Lois Bryan Photography and Digital Art 

Both of which, plus the magnolia up top which was created in Corel Painter, are all loosely based on my own, original photos and all have their own stories .. which is what I usually tell about here.  But … tonight’s post isn’t about them.  You can read about their stories, if you want, by clicking the pics … check the description section at my website.

Yep … it’s all a crazy obsession.  But somehow this evening I just didn’t get into it.

Tonight became about something different.  Instead of diving into my class work I went to pay an online-visit to a fellow blogger … someone whose posts I always enjoy.  And I never got back to my class stuff.

Instead, I had a delightful evening reading through some truly enjoyable blogs. It all started with Max …( a dog-blog ) … and his dog-dad and his AJF: Within The K Streets.  I’ve been a fan for a while.  But this evening I went a little further and branched out to the blogs of the commenters who post there.  And what fun!  A whole new world … I’ve just discovered some very talented, very amusing people who are living their lives taking the everyday … the annoyances and perplexities and absurdities we all face … and writing about them with such humor.  

All of which to say, this little blog … about my art-y stuff … seems … dull. Maybe it was the hack / hijack a while back that got me so off track … but I seem to have lost my writing spark. 

I’m going to have to think about this.  

Oddly, I always considered myself a writer first … in fact, I used to have my own “humor” column in the local paper.  (Then there’s the Great American Novel .. still unfinished after how many years?).  But my creative juices leaked over into the visual ages ago … and stayed there.  And my blog? … which really was created solely to give the images more exposure … I dunno … maybe it should have more of a life of its own?  


Anyway.  At least I didn’t wait 6 months to post again … that’s progress, isn’t it?

As always, if any of the above images pique … peek? … 😁 … your interest, just give them a click (or a peek).  

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12 comments on “Questioning …
  1. Kathy K. says:

    I loved the fact that you (sort of) wrote about art and (sort of) wrote about yourself, too. (Smile) My blog entries are weekly now and there are a few weeks that I have basically copied my image descriptions for that week’s post (guilty of that this very day). But mostly I try not to “sell” my images or products. I think if we find a balance then our followers don’t mind a few “marketing” posts. In a way blogs are another way to “sell” or brand ourselves and inadvertently our artwork since people like to purchase from people they know.

    All of this to say Write On!

    • Lois Bryan says:

      Kathy … excellent thoughts and I completely agree. I think my “questioning” is / was directed more to the tone of the way the blog has evolved. I really feel like I’d gotten almost formal. After doing a fun blog-reading marathon one evening, and really enjoying what I read, I realized that my writing just didn’t have a spark any more. It didn’t feel engaging, you know?

      So after giving this thing some thought, I’ve decided my goal isn’t to change the structure of the blog or its purpose … but just to liven it up a little. I tend to very definitely shy away from personal stuff. Either that’s just my nature or it’s generational or something. But adding some personality to this poor blog won’t hurt it!!! Or me!!!

      You and I are definitely on the same wavelength. Though I may be a wee bit less reticent to go for the close … 😁 …

      Thanks bunches for your visit and thoughts!!!

  2. Robin King says:

    ::runs back:: Your digital watercolor work is GORGEOUS!!!! Can’t wait to see more!

    • Lois Bryan says:

      Thanks Robin … I really enjoy it … I take a lot of classes and learn so much cool technical stuff … now I need to take a class on how to remember what I learned in class. 🥴

  3. Robin King says:

    What ⬆️she⬆️ said – 😂 👋

  4. Blogbeams says:

    Lois!! Anywhere you post, anything you post, any way you post – all good. I’m just just happy to see you! This “platform for promotion” thing that’s happened to blogging is a nice tool but striking the balance between personal and promotional is big challenge. I think you’ve done it brilliantly over the years. But if you’re ready for a new online path (writing?) then I say GO FOR IT! You’re a good writer! You can always include art-stuff. Or not. However, as someone who’s fled from blog to blog to blog, trying to share but not really wanting to share “me,” I can offer this bit of cautionary advice: setting up a “new you” can backfire. If you move to a new blog you risk losing old followers who don’t like change, who don’t understand how to follow bec the last time they did it was a thousand years ago, who feel like you’re abandoning them, etc. And if you stay put but shift gears to another kind of blog you may suddenly miss the old kind and want to back, which isn’t bad but can confuse people. I guess the biggest thing is to know for sure what you’re trying to do. Sell your art? Share your life? Make people smile? Change attitudes? Provide information? All of those? None of those? I’ve failed at that over and over again, and flip-flopped into oblivion bec of it. I’ve liked doing too many things! But in spite of endless enthusiasm for trying new stuff I’ve learned that clarity of purpose online matters. One of the things I’ve admired about you over the years is that you always seem to have a clear vision of what your goal is. So…whatever you decide to do and however you decide to do it, I know you’ll do it with grace and wisdom and your own Lois Bryan special pizazz. 🤗👋 (PS – It’s early and I need coffee, not going to proof this so I hope it’s legible.😂)

    • Lois Bryan says:

      Completely hear you. And completely agree. No, I wouldn’t shift this to something different. There is no new me, so that wouldn’t be easy even if I tried!! Love the way you distilled the ultimate goal. I think that’s pretty easy to answer … yes, get the art “out there” … but also make people smile. In fact, other than a very few of my images, most of my stuff IS created to bring smiles. I know that’s the kind of stuff that always appeals to me when I look at art (which I do all the time!) … so … I assume there may be others out there who feel the same way. I think the kicking up of the descriptions / rhetoric that go with, though, isn’t going to hinder anything … and may even make the viewing of the images bring more smiles. I’ve got a couple of doggie pieces that I’ve just done … I love doing animal portraits … that I’ll probably post shortly … and if THEY don’t bring smiles, man oh man … I don’t know what will!! 🤣😁. Thank you, sweetie, for your thoughtful thoughts!!!!!

  5. Very interesting. Was this DogDad of Max’s as handsome and sophisticated as all the ladies say? Haha…just kidding…no I’m not. That was a nice thing to say about the silly dog blog. Yup, it attracts a strange but amusing bunch of reprobates from all over the globe who tease each other unmercifully. We love having you there although you tend to disappear far too often probably in the pursuit of art or filthy lucre or both. Oh well, we’d probably do the same if we had a sliver of the your talent. Also, we’d have to stop day drinking and that’s unlikely…

    • Lois Bryan says:

      Yes, DogDad is everything you say he is. I’m sure of it!! You have a wonderful gift .. and always bring a smile. Now, that is talent … in this day-in-age and any other time!! Plus, you know I’m a Malt lover! And thank you for welcoming little me into your fold!! I’m honored!

  6. New follower here! I think art blogs are great! It’s hard to compete for cuteness against a dog or cat blog, and personal blogs are sometimes fun for the drama or storytelling. But the blogoverse would be boring if everyone wrote about the same topic. Right now I’m getting bombarded with follows from young women who write fitness and self-care blogs. (I think they expect a follow back. Um, no thanks.) I realize this has become a booming trend on the internet, but they all have the same message, the same tips, the same recommendations for essential oils, meditation, forest bathing, etc. I wonder how these blogs will read 10 years from now. Art however is always interesting and gives the viewer something to think about. (Mostly: some people just react. Which I guess is also a good thing about art.)

    I’m glad I found your blog! I don’t update very often either, but I hope you will continue to post.

    • Lois Bryan says:

      Thanks so much for joining!! Welcome!! I love blogs … and after giving it all some thought, I really think I’ll keep mine art-oriented. But I do need to loosen up a little. My descriptions of my stuff on my art website tend to be a bit formal. I haven’t had a deluge of self help ladies … they probably know it’s way too late for me 🤣! I’m glad you wrote .. now this will get you back into the mood to update more, too!!! Come on, we can do it!!!

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