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Recommended Reading: on blogging

Camilla engman

Today's recommendations all have to do with blogging and the creative process:

Stephanie Levy's Artists Who Blog features interviews with artists discussing their work and the process of blogging. Most of the artists here are women, and most come from the illustration and design fields -- such as Camilla Engman, whose charming drawing of bear women is above. (Camilla's own blog is here.) I find it quite interesting to read people's thoughts about why they blog...a question that I (a normally quiet/private person who nonetheless blogs) often ponder myself....

Jude Hill's Spirit Cloth: Quilting a Story  is a blog that I know some of you follow already, but I wanted mention it for those who haven't yet come across it. My friend & colleague Midori Snyder (an excellent blogger herself) first lead me to Spirit Cloth -- and despite the fact that I'm not a quilter, and can barely sew well enough to stitch a button back on (unlike Midori), I find it engrossing, addictive, and a continual source of inspiration. Spirit Cloth is a meditation on the process of making art and of living an artist's life -- expressed sometimes through the medium of words, and sometimes by letting images, shapes, textures, colors, and qualities of sun- and moonlight tell the tale. This is a prime example of how blogging can be an art form in itself...and Jude makes it look effortless.

Spirit Cloth       Studio photograph from Jude Hill's Spirit Cloth blog.

Another good blog that I'm sure most of you already know but which nonetheless deserves a mention in any discussion of "blogging as a fine art" is Rima Staines' The Hermitage. Rima's latest posts, for example, look at the art-making process behind her creation of a cover for a new story collection by Catherynne Valente, and for works recently published in Marvels and Tales, a prestigious U.S. journal of fairy tale scholarship (pictured below). Rima lives down the street here in my village, so I also appreciate her posts on life in Devon and the magic of the countryside, and the ways they influence her as an artist.

Rima Staines Marvels & Tales

A few other folks who document and explore the process of art-making on their blogs: Danielle Barlow (Notes from the Rookery) here in Devon, Clive Hicks-Jenkins (Clive Hicks-Jenkins' Artlog) and Jackie Morris (Drawing a Line in Time) in Wales, Karen Davis (Moonlight and Hares) in the Wiltshire countryside, Erzabet YellowBoy (Erzaveria), a fellow American ex-pat living in the UK, Viviane Schwartz (Letters from Schwartzville) in London, Nomi (Air and Parchment) in Oxford, Jen Parrish (Parrish Relics) in Boston [and oh, how I love Jen's new pup, who reminds me of Tilly!], Aria Nadii (Wild Muse Notes) in Boston [those are her magical shelves below], Valerie Claff (Ravenwood Forest) in western Massachusetts, Charles Vess (News from Green Man Press) in rural Virginia, Ulla Norup Milbrath (Ullabenulla) in northern California, and Christina Cairns (A Mermaid in the Attic) in western Australia, by the sea.

If you've got good artists'-creative-process blogs to add to this list, please do so in the Comments!


Aria Nadii's studio shelves                            Aria Nadii's studio shelves, from her Wild Muse Notes blog.



Honoured we are to be mentioned amongst such fine folks who make their artistic process into an online tale :)
It's an interesting thing to ponder, and I never realised before I began blogging, how it could become its very own sort of storytelling.
You do it beautifully too of course, Terri, with a special skill for reaching out to others and tying their threads in here too... Thank you x

It is a strange and wonderful thing, this magical blogland (though the want-to-be poet in me wishes it had a prettier name!) I started because I wanted to be a part of what seemed to be a real community of artists and creative people, stretched though they are around the globe. It was something I don't have in my own 'real' world, where my art is produced in a kind of isolation, and I felt it needed to have playmates rather than be an only child. I also follow Spirit Cloth and find it incredibly has started me stitching and learning patience in the process. And of course, so many other blogs, like Rima's, that I have discovered right here on your Drawing Board. A hearty thank you for such wonders I've found here!

I hate the word "blog" too, and really regret that the term caught on.

Thank you for sharing all these wonderful links! Eric Feitas blogging (totally agree it's an awful word) is infrequent but his work is astounding, love the detailed descriptions of his processes

oops! a typo that's Eric Freitas!

Many thanks for the 'shout' Terri. I'm much obliged to you. And thank you too for the links to some fascinating sites. You're a first rate guide! (-;

I always love seeing what you're up to, Clive, and I know others here will too.

'Sure hope you make it down to (or past) Devon one of these days. It would be nice to have a visit, and I'm sure Todd would say the same!

Thanks for that link -- I'm going to go check out his work now!

Thanks for the advice about The Lacuna.
It is on my list now!We have it in the
Library where I work! I have been away staying with my Mum in London and went to the Gauguin Exhibition which was absolutely wonderful.Colours that you really do not see in reproductions.

Dear one, not sure what path of bread crumbs at etsy found me in your midst with the likes of sweet bunny-eared darlings and that soft pencil touch that a true lover of fae has. I am glad to know your light now, glad to have followed the path and trees. Visit my world anytime you need a respite lovely you. Blessings, Amy

You are welcome, and thanks for coming through the portal to my faerytale place. Blessings and light, Amy

Thank you for such a scrumptious list. I don't have time to read all of these, but I'll be sampling them, a few at a time.

Wonderful to be included in this list, thanks! I just picked up "The Wood Wife" from the library - I look forward to entering your mythic world for a spell.

I am quite flattered by such a kind review.

Another blog to add: Lynn's Beneath the Bracken, by a Canadian writer and artist who lives in Germany. Lovely stuff here:

It's nothing but the truth, ma'am!

Oooh, a delicious list of new places to explore...and goodness, I'm in it! Thank you again Terri, for introducing such wonderful delights to ramble around.

Perhaps we should invent a new term...who knows, if enough of us use it, it might catch on too!

I'm not a fan of the "blog" word, either.... I support an online uprising to rename this endeavor! I think
Christina is right, if we use something enough, it will catch on. Unfortunately, blog will always be in my address at blogspot, but we could at least have a creative name for our circles within the larger blogging circle... ?

Hello Terri,
Thank you for including my new blog in that list. I'm still finding me feet with it, so it is lovely indeed to see that it is being seen...

Nomi xxx

Just came over from Jude's blog and I love what you are doing. So good to see you recommending Margo Lanagan who is a wonderful writer. Do you read David Almond and Philip Pullman? I have to have a proper look around now that I am following. Thank you.

You're very welcome!

Thank you for your kind words, Robyn. Yes, I adore David Almond and Philip Pullman -- two of the best writers working today, and an inspiration to us all.

Thanks for visiting this blog!

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