Whewee, I’m on a roll.
I feel like that rebel child who dons the black clothes, shaves their head, gets a tattoo and a tongue ring…and goes gallavanting on the strip in their low-rider.
Except I never did that. And um, I’m not that kind of girl. I won’t say that my brother didn’t…or my other brother…or even one sister…or three….
But I’m a blog rebel.
And I feel like I’ve unleashed a caged tiger upon the blogosphere…
Since I’m Chucking the Rules…
Yeah, I mean, I felt like my writing got somewhat static over the last few months. I was trying to follow all those bloggy rules: comment everywhere, participate in blog hops galore, take SEO into account, backlink, backlink, backlink…do perfect keyword research, compose the perfect video, only publish when I had a perfect post….
Back to the rules.
I mean…chucking those rules.
I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Art and Photography, Cyndi-style.
So…I love art and photography, right?
I can’t sell it worth a damn, either.
That’s cool…I hate selling things.
When I was in college and young and stupid, I worked as an intern at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. No, I DIDN’T show up at your door in a car wrapped in a brown paper bag. And yes, I REALLY did get asked why I didn’t drive a car wrapped in a paper bag like in the commercial.
But, I always had to sell that damage waiver stuff – you know, if you wreck the car, the rental agency will pick up the tab. Well, we had to sell it to everyone.
It drove me nuts. The people who actually wanted it were few and far between and our ranking in our respective offices was contingent upon how much we sold.
It bugged me. On the one hand, it was a good product: you wreck the car, hand us the keys and walk away. No insurance companies. No deductibles.
On the other hand, if you were going to be in a rental for 30 days or more, it made me cringe trying to sell someone something that would cost $20 a day.
The point is, I could turn on that salesperson. I could pull out that scottian part of myself and sell some DUB as we’d say. But, I also felt like a twit every.damned.time – even when I’d lead the office in sales.
When it comes to selling something I’ve created? Something happens.
Actually, nothing really happens.
I suck at it. I mean I have sold plenty of paintings. But, the months between sales are few and far between.
I feel so…so…mercenary when I do it. Like I’m selling a part of my soul. That part of me that’s slightly scottian - it turns into a bunny and runs into the nearest hole. Maybe to meet Alice and celebrate a Merry Un-birthday or something.
Naturally, right? I mean I put all my love, thought, symbolism and emotion into art, and even the photography I create.
I feel like it needs to be a philanthropic venture, you know?
Like donating-to-charity-philanthropic. I blame Jennifer. She’s added fuel to this idea I have with all her philanthropy musings. She’s awesome like that.
So, I’ve been doing some thinking.
What if I have a couple art/photography related thingamajigs on my blog each month?
It’s still kind of an amorphous idea, but here are some of those nebulous thoughts (and maybe you could help me ‘solidify’ those thoughts):
- Have a blog hop that stems from a photo prompt – I take a photo, and you can respond with your own photo, a work of art, a blog post, a poem, a rebuttal, an opinion, a comment – whatever. But I’d put out the photo on a Monday (maybe not for the next few weeks would I start this – I’m thinking my classes are barely going to let me come up for air for the next three weeks…) and you could take the whole week to come up with some sort of response.
- Have another themed blog hop – maybe make it part of Wonderful Wednesday, but once monthly – where I choose a photo to turn into some sort of artwork: whether it’s a drawing or painting. And I’d choose from participating blogs. I’ve been dared to complete the one related to the one I posted last Wednesday of Pump Gap. I accepted that challenge, too. But, yeah…something like this: you snap a photo, say you want to be in the running to have it turned into art, I choose one at random – or not – and then….
- After I create these works of art, I hold some sort of auction and the proceeds go to charity. I feel really good about giving to humanity in this way. I just feel the need to do this. Or give back somehow along these lines. Or maybe I’d try to sell some of them. I don’t know.
Granted, these are only ideas swirling in my head, but I think this all could be fun: a way to help humanity, I don’t have to market to sell my artwork (though I’ll keep adding stuff at Zazzle - and why not? They sell it for me, haha), and it gets everyone involved.
I like it! The Picto Project might have turned into something like that, but when I got all derailed by copycats and such, I feel like I want something to show for my photography and artwork.
What do you think?
A blog hop with a photo prompt? Turn someone’s photo into a painting? Have people vote on the one they want turned into a painting? Or, perhaps I need another kind of photo/artistic challenge that others will want to participate in. Do you have any ideas? Keep in mind, I will have school and teaching obligations, but…I think I’ll be able to finagle some artbeats onto the blog.
This is one way I feel like I could channel my energy. I could work on a painting during the course of a month – which won’t be too hard between work and school – it’ll be a good reprieve.
In the meantime, I’m pulling my stuff from around the web and putting them here. Checkout the art tab and my writing tab. Kind of fun – but I need to do this for now in preparation for not being able to spread myself out so much over the next year.
PS – to my readers: if you want to participate in the Wonderful Wednesday blog hop tomorrow, the theme is GOOD FOOD. Take a snapshot of your dinner, or write a recipe, or a poem about your relationship with spaghetti (haha). Whatever you please.