Sunday, January 6, 2013

why I blog

Another watercolor for the "Birds" series

Yesterday, I started thinking what drives me to blog. Why it has become such an important part of my life.


Why do I spend time tending to it and why I feel so blessed when I read your comments.


I blog because in this space what I look like, where I live, what car I drive have no importance whatsoever.


In this space, it is what I think and my art that matter. In this space I write about what is essential to me.


One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye. ~ Antoine de Saint-Esupéry

74 comments:

My Little Corner said...

Wonderful post. I love your blog and your artwork is truly amazing. You're my inspiration.

Cloudia said...

This is the very loveliest such explanation I can recall. . .
Amen is what I say.
Your work - who you are - pleases we your friends of the blogosphere


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Jenny said...

Love your words, your art and your quote Ana... beautiful ♥

Jenny x

Wendy Poling said...

Absolutely stunning, Ana! Your art makes me happy :)

floating thru fields said...

I really like your painting the cherry blossoms are very beautiful.

I love the depth of variety of your color range :)

Fay Iseminger said...

Ana, I love your blog and appreciate your post about why you blog. I, too, am an introverted artist. I love to connect with people in ways that filter out the things that make me anxious. It is nice to know there are others who feel as I do.
Thank you for being courageous.
Fay

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You're absolutely right! Blogging is about the essence of the blogger. Even when, like me sometimes, the blogger just posts recycled LOLcats and gags -- we're still revealing what our individual sense of humour is.

Leenie said...

One of my favorite Little Prince quotes, and so true. Things that matter like love, hope, faith, integrity etc. can't be seen just like the person behind the words in the blog.

Love your cheery little bird on a branch full of blossoms. He's a welcome reminder that the frozen ground and stark trees always give way to the warmth and hope of spring.

Em said...

Agreed. The inside is so important and so rarely do we get to see it in one another for so many reasons! But blogging allows that.

Lovely bird. I'm going to enjoy this series that you are doing a great deal!

Adam said...

great artwork

Jane said...

Really lovely, Ana :) I often wonder what drives me to blog... I will have to give this some more thought. Love your bird!

Sofia said...

What a beautiful watercolor! Thank you for sharing and blogging, it feels always very personal and sincere and it makes it unique.

Michaela said...

beautiful result, love the colors!

Karoeza said...

Lovely. The words and the bird!

foxysue said...

And I can see how beautiful you are, your art, your words, a delightful place to rest. x

Sulky Kitten said...

I'm just grateful that you do blog, because I love reading what you write and your artwork is simply stunning. Just gorgeous.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

You are so right, Ana. I feel the same way. We can just be. Love your artwork!

Sherri B. said...

Yes, this is what I love about the blog world...beautifully said! And wow, your bird painting is so gorgeous!

Marcie said...

So beautifully said. There is something so true about this being a space where material things don't matter.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I blog to meet people like you :)

Christine Altmiller said...

shoot. i commented and then got an error statement so if they both come through, i am sorry for the repetition.
You (and Antoine) said it so perfectly. Blogging is something we choose to do and it is a place to show heart and artistry...and those show the truth in a person.

BamaTrav said...

I'm no rocket scientist but....I think that is a bird. Good job :P

Ariel said...

Love your cherry blossoms Ana. Your blog is so inspiring. Your posts are always awesome.
Susan

Cristiane Marino said...

Hi Ana

This bird is astonishing! Congratulations!

I think exactly like you about the blog. It`s time consuming, but the love that is involved is so worthwhile...
A big hug

bohemiannie! art said...

Beautiful words...exquisite blossoms and bird.

hands follow heart said...

Hi Ana, thanks for the comment you left on my blog a few weeks ago. I was busy with the end of the year holidays but I did appreciate your visit very much. I was just browsing your blog and I'm just marveling at your beautiful art. I just love your vibrant colours. All the best to you in the New year!
Luciana

hands follow heart said...

Hi Ana,
Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog a couple of weeks ago. Just now I'm getting back to it after a busy holiday season. I was just browsing your blog and marveling at your beautiful art. I love your vibrant colours! All the best to you in the New Year!
Luciana

Wendy S. said...

It is wonderful to find a place in the world, blogging or otherwise where we can truly express who we are and know that there are supportive people out there cheering us on. You make so many people happy with your blog and I'm one of them.

gigihawaii said...

I blog because I enjoy writing and also reading comments from others. Blogging makes me happy.

Francie M said...

So true. Am really enjoying your bird painings, by the way. Do you get cardinals in florida? I think not, but I'm not sure. The female is so delicatly coloured and the male so powerful in his redness!

pauline said...

hi Ana! What a gorgeous bird... i love it as much as i love your words. Yes. So honest and raw. All artists must ask themselves this question at one point or another (why do i blog?). I'm just glad you do and glad i found you. i'm a new follower! xox

sophie...^5 said...

Having only just entered your world...I feel a kindred spirit...one that is creative and loves to share. Thanks for this offering and thanks to Martha P for introducing us....oh Capricorn!

Ron

Riot Kitty said...

Well said! (And well-drawn.)

tossan® b&w said...

Falamos de pássaros no mesmo dia! Que bonita a tua arte. Bj

AntiquityTravelers said...

*smile* wonderful post

Ophelia said...

Beautiful!!! Your messages always inspire me! Simply beautiful!!!

Gloria said...

Wow your bird paintings are just awesome Anna. Whatever the reason for blogging, just keep doing it. You have a great blog. By the way, I have plenty of gigs for pictures so it's not that. I checked on it and other blogger's are having the same problem uploading from their computers. I can copy and paste a picture though. thx for the info.

Lynn Cohen said...

Yes! And what beautiful paintings you do!!!

Gerald de Dios said...

Beautiful blog post! Such passion! Glad to hear a fellow artist getting lost in there art and blogging.... More important, it makes you Happy :)

Teddi said...

and you sharing your wonderful art brings joy to others too, in case you didn't know. in case you did, i'm telling you again. ;)

Jess said...

It's so true! I've got to know people very well in Blogland but have only met one of them in real life. I'd seen lots of photos of her and I knew what her house would look like but to meet her for the first time felt very strange as I was in effect meeting a stranger but I knew so much about her. We are a meeting of the souls, that what we are!xx

alteredstatesstudio said...

the flowers are so delicate and color so alive- love this painting and love your blog!

CraveCute said...

Love your new watercolor painting! That quote has been a favorite of mine since I was a young girl when I first read the book. It's so true...

Life 101 said...

You managed to articulate what I've known for some time but have never written.
Excellent post.

Jeanie said...

First of all, these paintings are really special and I love the colors.

And yes, blog world brings you an opportunity to be yourself. To share what you wish. And people who don't really want to care go away. But they are here because they DO care -- about you and about the art you share. At least, I do!

Lynn Fisher said...

What a lovely post...and so true. We all have a voice to share here...with like minds (to some extent) , and nothing matters but that.
You art is beautiful...I am very fond of birds.
XXO
Lynn

missy k said...

I read your post with a big grin on my face - one because your art is so beautiful and two because I loved your words ... and three because of the amazingly gorgeous colour combinations... perfect!

Karen x

Michelle B said...

Beautiful post. Your art work is wonderful, I love the colors you choose!

Looking forward to so much more,

Mia @ M i a B e l l a

Chelsea St.Pierre said...

I am your newest follower!!! 124 i think! adorable bog, it is funny i was writing on this very topic today but saved it in draft for the weekend. blogging is blessing and a life saver at times. I agree with belief 100% hugs -Chelsea

Zena said...

So very true... I blog because this makes my real self visible. Amazing watercolor, love the colors

Almost Precious said...

Sometimes a blog can be like a small keyhole in which the world can peek and glimpse a bit of our souls.

Wonderful watercolor of the bird on a flowering branch. It always amazes me how watercolorist manage to tame and control their media. When I tried it in high school everything bled together, creating a muddy mess. :D

Anonymous said...

I blog because I need too not be invisible. You are inspirational to me. B

Leovi said...

Wonderful compositions. I love how you are with these oranges.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Your painting looks fantastic.

NatashaMay said...

Just fabulous! Love the blooms. :)

Piarom said...

your post is so touching ♥♥♥ and your painting is beautilishiousness in its pure form :))

Annette said...

wonderful words my young friend and the paintings are just as wonderful. You say some of the best things and so true. Have a great weekend. It is getting close isn't it? whenyou are retired it all blends together. So I have a weekend all week LOL xo

Jim said...

Hello Ana. I have noticed your comments on Martha's blog lately and I liked what you had to say. So I took a look and am pleased with what i see and hear here. Blogging is a very personal adventure. I really like the delicateness of the blossoms in your watercolour.
Jim

anopensketchbook said...

Well said...and SO true. And my heart clearly sees your talent and the love you put into your work!

Arthur Bernardo said...

Parabéns está fantástico...

...adoro as cores também , ficou lindo :D

Obrigado por partilhares...



ajB

Vale ♥ said...

Your art is amazing. I absolutely love your drawings ! I came to your blog thru Teddi's blog but I wasn't expecting such a vibrant artist :) congratulations ! xoxo

Magic Love Crow said...

Very special post! I agree with everything you stated! Your bird is stunning! I love it and I love the colors!!!

mia said...

Thanks for your lovely comment!
I love your color :)
And your great blogger.

Elena said...

Love the artwork and love that you blog. How else would I have 'met' ya?!

Tammie Lee said...

those are wonderful reasons to blog.

I love this painting, the light is magical on the branch the bird sits on, like a sunset or sunrise.

geetlee said...

Hi Ana,
I love this painting, the colors are absolutely gorgeous.
I love blogging too. It's helped me in many ways over the past year.
Here's to a year full of many happy blogging adventures :)

Meera Rao said...

I second Elena's sentiments -glad you blog and and share your thoughts and art!

Boho mom said...

Beautiful! You've captured the spirit of blogging right here in this post.
I love it!

Creatively yours Fi said...

I often wonder that myself about my blogging :) You explain it so brilliantly! Thanks...Your ballerina is on her way x

Denise Mulligan said...

Hi Ana,
I'm with you, I've never been so ambitious about office jobs.. I think we're happier and better off in our lives being grateful instead of constant striving. I strived in collage to be something I was not and it made me miserable. I like this side of life much more.

Your birds are simply gorgeous.

PassionForColors said...

We love your blog also! Thanks for sharing your art with us <3

Shaharoh said...

I'm happy I discovered this blog and happy to be among the many who appreciate your words, art and inspiration. I salute you for creating a safe place for us to come to. xoxo, Introvert!

Bohemian said...

It is why many of us Blog. For me it is unlimited Artistic Expression and a Beautiful Place to connect to Kindred Spirits who may 'Get' you even more than those in your Community. At first I Blogged purely for Self... but I realized it touched far more Lives than just my own and was so much more than I ever expected or dreamed it might be. I'm so glad I discovered your Beautiful Blog this Afternoon.

Dawn... The Bohemian

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've never heard it said like this ...and you are so perceptive! I love this post! I think you've defined why we LOVE to blog!