I also have the artwork to think about.
The picture for today is an art card I made for a swap. The person liked elephants, so I tangled an elephant for her. Some of my artwork is from a long time ago, some is from today, just like the postings themselves. (I am not above cannibalizing my own work.) I look over what Pictures I have of my work, sometimes tying the art to the words, sometimes not. Then, in a leap of faith, I post it here, for anyone to see.
Zentangled Elephant - Art Card
It was not always so. I used to do lots of artwork but not show it to anyone, not even my husband. I literally would put it in a closet and never look at it, unless it was in secret. I guess I thought it wasn't good enough or something. The same for my words. I would write things down and squirrel them away, never even thinking about letting others read them.
I am not alone in this peculiarity. I find there are many of us who keep our talents hidden. We may be shy, or think our work is not worthy, or just not ready to share something so intimate as a part of ourselves.
I was fortunate to have a husband who encouraged me and friends who actually took some of my work and framed it for a show. Not all of us are that lucky. But some of us have found our voice here, on the Internet. We blog.
I have several blog sites that I visit daily, friends I haven't met, artists that I enjoy. There are doodlers and tanglers, poets and thoughtful folks, funny folks, folks from my country, folks from far away. Once in a while, a blog will touch us and we are reminded that no matter where we are, no matter our politics or religion, we are brothers and sisters on this planet, all part of the variety of what it means to be human.
I think I want to say 'Thank You', to the Internet which connects us, to the folks who visit here, to those whose blogs I visit regularly, to those brave enough to share part of themselves with strangers, who are really just friends, waiting to happen.