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An Open Letter

March 7, 2011 3 Comments by Regina

Dear Readers,

Do you have an event that might have changed the course of your life?  Here’s one for me.  I was picking the schedule for my senior year in high school and I wanted to throw in a class that would be fun. I needed a break from the workload I was used to with all the advanced classes and extracurricular organizations I was involved in.  Like a light, it shone like a beacon when I saw it: AP Art History.  It was the first time it was being offered at my school and just like that, my senior schedule felt right.  All summer long I thought about it — learning about Renoir, what the paintings in museums meant to convey, the difference between Manet and Monet.  I received my schedule in the mail and there it was!  Fourth Period.  I nearly ran to the class that first day…and then slowed down when I entered an empty classroom.  I had been given the wrong room number! I flew downstairs to the office, cursing that I would miss a part of the opening day.  As the office staff looked for the information in vain, someone piped up with the conclusion.  Apparently, I had been the only one in the school to sign up for the class so they cancelled it and forgot to send me the notice.

I often wonder what would have happened had I taken the class.  Would I have pursued art at an earlier age than I did?  Would my music industry experience never have happened?  Would I be in the Louvre right now helping restore a painting?  Would I be a historian uncovering art mysteries?  To this day, it still makes me sad to think about it.  I know – crazy.

One thing has served me well in writing this blog: When I look upon gorgeous artistry within this industry, I never feel jealous or think “Why couldn’t I have a commission like that?”.   I just feel so happy to see the works, think they might be important one day and the first feeling is to share it.   This does not follow through with authors, though — if I read a genius piece of work, I do go into a downward spiral of “Will I ever be able to express myself like that?” or “How do I tap into thinking and writing in a more creative way?”.  I don’t know what that says about my true love but I do know that perhaps I was meant to straddle both worlds — painting and writing.  Both make me incredibly happy.  I may not be the best or worst at either but I can combine them and create something that other artists will appreciate.  So, perhaps NOT taking the class was the right path for me to take.  Who knows?  It’s all about living your life as best you can as it unfolds.

At least, it has evolved that way for Fauxology.  It will always be an outlet for me to share my passion for both worlds but now…

  • You’ve seen the remodel (and I may still change it up a bit) but you will start to see more interactive areas of the blog.  There will be ads, yes — they will be on the right hand side and relevant to our industry.  If you find them interesting, please click on them as they are intended to help bring you good information, help enhance the marketing effort of the company and also alleviate the effort it takes to put the blog together.  Win-Win for all!
  • Dana, my sister Suzy and I will evolve the sharing of business information to you in an even bigger way — more posts, workshops and magazine columns.  Most will revolve around navigating social media and building your online brand.  It’s why we’ll be attending more blog and other online-related conferences.  It’s information we’re pulling together, reviewing and then sharing on how it fits our industry specifically.
  • Finally, there will be more giveaways and contests — as a way to thank and reward you.  Please do consider entering them as it gives us a chance to showcase so many of our readers we’ve not seen before as well as old friends.  The latest contest has a grand prize of $150 worth of stencils.  All it takes is one good shot of a commission you did that was “Artistic” sent to Submissions@Fauxology.com.  Subject is “Artistic Contest” and the deadline is 3/18 – the only way you can Win! is to send it In! (Yes, I think I came up with that.  Slogan writing is not a skill.)

I’m sure we’ve each had paths take us in a different direction or had efforts take a life of its own.  I’d love to hear about them.  I also hope you’ll forgive these open letters from time to time.  They make me feel more connected to each of you, dear Readers, as I like to keep you updated on what is going on behind the scenes in the midst of all the regular posts.  This is as much your blog as it is mine — I’d say even more so.  Have an amazing day!

Warmly,
Regina

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3 Comments

  1. Jennifer Carrasco
    1142 days ago

    …..The road not taken….I often wondered what I would have done in my course of studies if I had come from a bigger school and had a knowledgeable counselor.

    As it was, there wasn’t an art teacher nor a counselor in my small town high school. Most of the girls married right after high school and if the guys went to college, they took Agronomy. I went to a land grant college (I use that as an excuse for my bad French accent) where the focus was on farming and science.

    My college art department taught very little design and drawing, being in the throes of Pollack and DeKooning (still one of my heroes), so at the age of 18, I was supposed to express myself with abstractions. One thing I did learn, was to respect the artists in the Abstract Expressionist school…it is much harder to pull off a successful abstraction without the context of recognizable images.
    I found out also that I always wanted to make a story with my painting, and this was strongly discouraged. Not cool at all. In fact, for years, the comment that a work was “narrative” or horrors, “decorative” was totally damming. (Clement Greenberg stood like a destroying angel over all narrative and decorative art. )

    I think I should have been steered toward illustration. However, I got there later on my own. Time wasted? Probably. But on the positive, my strong connection with the land, its creatures and plants, my teaching of art (which taught me to SEE and draw) , my drawing/writing sketch book(ditto),my incessant reading, the raising of a child, marriage, travel (Peace Corps, art residencies, etc) all added resonance to my work.

    Experience is so important, Regina. Just look at what you have done in your life to bring it to your current level of creativity and design! Your world view is so vibrant and informed on many levels.
    Plus, like any artist worth their salt, you have worked hard, challenged yourself with new materials and projects, and not given up when faced with obstacles. We all wonder “what if”….but in the long run, your life and work has evolved exactly the way it should.
    And the artists you have supported, myself among them, thank you.

  2. Ellen Sweet Moss
    1142 days ago

    What a perfect blog. I love reading about your experiences. Fauxology just keeps getting better!!!!!

  3. Regina
    1141 days ago

    Jennifer – it was so heartwarming to read how you could relate. Sometimes you put a little of yourself out on the blogosphere and you hope it comes back with a positive. On your end, how horrible that they would thwart budding creativity that way! I have not heard of the dreadful Clement Greenberg, should I even look up? At least, the journey to where you are encompassed all the valleys and peaks you have experienced. I think they have created one of the most wonderful artists I know.
    @Ellen – Thank you – it’s always so wonderful to read your comments! I’m having to learn to inject more of myself (and my work) in Fauxology — I’m glad you find it good to read! :)

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