A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about anti-journaling in response to formulaic journaling that’s out there right now. If you missed that newsletter, you can listen to the Art Marketing Action podcast version.
In response to the topic, Sue Clancy wrote:
I just had to respond to your "Gather Your Brilliance" newsletter article. I have deliberately employed the handwritten methods in which to record my thoughts and ideas. I began to do this in the late 1980's when we, as a society, began to ‘go digital' in all our communications. I even learned how to make my own paper and hand bind my own books – all in a direct response to the whole E-World phenomenon. I don't think I'm the only artist who has done this. Its just that our handwritten things aren't ‘online' and so it doesn't look like the handwritten occurs anymore – but it does! I would also venture to say that artists choose handwriting, or hand drawing on purpose, choosing that method much like they choose acrylic paint in preference to digital photography. I have heard it said that "To make anything by hand in the Digital Age is a revolutionary act" – and I agree. I think there are more of us rebels out there than it would appear.
Here are two digital images of two of my sketchbook pages–done on a recent travel trip. In these are several ideas for paintings.
And yes, I do see the irony of sending you my hand written sketchbook pages digitally!
Sue and I have gone in circles over this subject before. She's even given up her Web site to back up her revolutionary stance. I still think she's missing out on numerous opportunities–especially blogging. As an artist and cartoonist, a blog seems to be the perfect fit for someone who enjoys dialogue and interaction.
But Sue–someone who makes a living from her art–is proof that artists can market their work successfully without being online.