Post 200 – Bejabbers!

This is my 200th post and I have just passed ‘50,000 views all time’. I mention this only as an opportunity to tell you that I would not have kept going if it had not been for your support, inspiration and shared interest in what emerges from this ancient brain and heart. So I say Thank You with more feeling than I can express in words.

Rite of Spring by Clinock. 22″ x 30″. Acrylic on paper. 2011

To mark this day I am resurrecting my very first post along with its commentators – plus – Rite of Spring which is the first piece of art I ever placed (with nervous anticipation) on this site.

I began this blog as a required project for a Business in Art course (establish a presence on the web – 25%). I thought that I would delete it when the course was over – but here I still am – entranced by the magic of cyber-bonding!

My first post was titled: In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few. Posted on July 7, 2011 | 8 Comments | It follows:

My son asked me if art was still art if no-one else sees it, (does the tree falling in the forest make a sound if no-one is there to hear it?). Profound questions!
To make art is to share ideas, dreams, emotions and stories – the narratives of one’s life. If no-one but the artist ever sees it is the image simply artistic masturbation – a satisfying relief for the artist but a lonely and isolated pursuit? Sharing one’s art and sending it out into the world is always exciting and a little scary, evoking emotions similar to when one’s children leave home.

So, here I am, beginning a new adventure; claiming my small campsite in a vast cyber-scape. I arrive barefoot with nothing but my two passions: art and writing; and a beginner’s mind…


See you all again in #201 – Art Rat