When I started this blog, not once did I imagine ever having any followers. I didn’t expect anyone to read my posts, and as to those who did happen across them, I figured they’d probably get a good laugh at my childish drawings and move on. I never thought anyone would ever see my artwork — I term I use cautiously — and actually stick around to see more!
But, it happened. Little by little, people began following my art journey, sharing their own journeys, and helping me along the way. I was stunned when the blog reached 100 followers…and continued to grow.
In January 2017, I reached a tremendous milestone. To celebrate 500 followers, I drew a marker, much like those that once marked ancient roads. My little pile of rocks was fun to draw.
Now, to my surprise, Artistcoveries has over 1,000 followers from every corner of the globe. In the past week, the blog has been visited by readers from Algeria, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, the Republic of Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR China, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Along the way, I’ve laughed at a lot of my drawings and paintings, and probably you’ve laughed a few times, too. Yet I hope you’ve also seen some signs of progress, and I hope you might have even found a bit of inspiration here.
So today I’ve updated my little pile of rocks. Although ThoughtCo says that “a painting is not a drawing that hasn’t been colored in,” I think sometimes we can do exactly that — take a drawing and color it in with paint. At least, that’s what I did today. I printed out my drawing, used very thin oil paints, and made a marker to celebrate this new milestone on my journey.
Thank you to everyone who has visited the blog, read posts, followed along, shared thoughts, made suggestions, and given advice as I’ve journeyed from “absolute and utter beginner” to an artist who’s actually won an award for oil painting.
To quote one of my favorite rock bands, “What a long, strange trip it’s been”. And where do I go from here? Who knows! I’ll just keep Truckin’ along, and I hope you’ll come along for the ride.