DISCOVERIES AND THE LEARNING CURVE

I am writing this in my personal capacity as an artist.

My first discovery was just how difficult is was to make my WordPress blog an actual website ... I still have not succeeded! My desire/aim was to create a homepage that looked like homepage, e.g. static. Life's too short! When I mentioned this to a friend of mine, she said: 'Easy peasy' but I am still struggling ...

It occurred to me that when I learned how to type and work in an office, there was hardly any jargon. Typewriter was typewriter and the ribbon that you used in it was just the ribbon, either plain black or black and red. Paper was just paper too.

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No, I'm not quite that ancient but I can resonate with her! (image: wiki.org)

 

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Something like this is what I used when I stopped my 9 to 5 job (image: victor rivera edtech tools)

This technology learning curve almost passed me by as I retired from being an Office Administrator before I had to learn how to do word processing ... now I regret not having learned it! I get by, but I miss out on so very much - all those shortcuts and keyboard strokes that do terrific things in the wink of an eye ... sigh. No, I cannot start learning something else right now - my cup overfloweths!

In the process of trying to work with the WordPress site as a website, I decided to build myself a separate website. I've done this before and can do it again - no problem. I'm working on that. Again, a lot to learn as it's not the same provider I have used before - this one is free ... I just want something really simple!

This all came about when I was doing (still am) an on-line course to learn how to market my art (and the art of other artists) using the internet in its widest spectrum, but specifically through email list building. (See http://chriswilsonstudio.com/art-launch-blueprint/ - he offers a goldmine of information!) Still learning that too ... However, the first essential ingredient in this process is to have a website ... thus all this learning! I often feel like a forager in the woods looking for the tiniest morsel to satisfy this enormous hunger for knowledge. Every morsel is like nectar ...

In my searches, I have come across most wonderful things too. I am sharing with you something that I thought was admirable and lodged the thought of foraging in my mind. Have a look what Nick Neddo of Vermont in the USA does ... for fun! And the incredibly beautiful pieces of art he produces. Here is the link: http://digital.vpr.net/post/paint-brushes-and-pigments-one-montpelier-artist-forages-woods

And making that discovery I also came across a name with which I was a bit familiar, but never investigated: Andy Goldsworthy - just google him and feast your eyes! I've bookmarked him so that I can go back and look again. You see, I am using jargon!

On this Spring Equinox, the wind is blowing at a force 7 up in some of the mountainous areas and we are being walloped with the ends of that whip - it is freezing outside with the windchill factor making it feel like below zero! The sun is very frugal with its heat today even though it's supposed to be 14 degrees Celsius. Good excuse to stay indoors and ... learn some more!

Till next time, keep on creating!

 

 


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