Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger's Confession

OK, I'm admitting it. This isn't my only blog. I've been writing an art blog for 4 years and managing several other art blogs with multiple authors.

I'm accustomed to writing my blog to a lot of readers, many of whom I know pretty well, having followed their blogs for a long time and in some cases actually meeting them. Lots of images on art blogs. Not so many words. Somewhat personal, but we don't dwell on personal issues for the most part.

So this is quite different. It's so much more personal and so much less designed to appeal to and attract readers. Yet, I am appreciative of readers and their comments. I like it when I'm able to share something personal and important and see that it was heard (or, as I like to think of it, witnessed). And I've already come to care about you other weight-fit-food-eat bloggers. That feels good. Also I like making commitments and being accountable for them to more than myself and more than an e-page of words.

I have two different blogger identities. My identity here is Peacefulbird, which is a name given to me when I was in China 18 years ago. For the other blogs, I use my real name. It's not that I want to hide my full identity... I decided to use my Chinese name because of the anonymous nature of OA. It feels a little odd... almost like I have a split personality.

fiber bead collage, Forgive
Tonight I decided to post a picture of my most recent collage, called Forgive (click on picture to make it bigger). It's appropriate because I began this piece when I was first starting my sobriety program with OA. I knew that forgiveness was going to be a key to changing my habits, so that is the concept behind this improvisationally designed piece.

I guess by showing my art here, I'm shifting this blog, originally started as a private journal, more into the realm of community, exchange and readership. I hope it will be a good thing for me to make this change.


  1. Pretty:) I wondered how you chose your name.

  2. Beautiful. When I look at art I find myself looking at the item and then focusing in like hitting the enhance + symbol to hone in on what I'm seeing...counting things , noticing little details, noticing color choices. Kind of like looking at pointillism.
    Thank you for sharing this. I am so glad you opened up your
    words to us.

  3. That is stunning! I especially love the bird silhouette in the upper right hand corner. So much to see!

    Good confession. Glad you've opened up to share your art!

  4. What a beautiful collage! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!


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