Monday, April 14, 2014

Deep breaths...

I'm taking some time this morning to cleanse my shaky, addicted fingers. Why?  Because I've deactivated my Facebook account for the time being.  Sounds silly doesn't it?  It is silly, to even consider that it's a hard thing to do. But it is!  Which is the very reason why I've made a decision to stay off of there for a while.  The only addictions I'll allow myself to succumb to, are love and art.

Facebook does not have any relationship to either.  It's a "fun" place to be hanging out, which is why so many people are there.  We could all make a long list of reasons why we are on there. My own list would be pretty long.  Including things like how amazing it's been to meet so many artists, before I've met them in real life. It's a good place to see what's going on in the art world, and to share art. It gets you lots of positive feedback, which is very nice.  And it serves as the social outlet for many of us who aren't surrounded by others in our daily work.  To be honest, it's a way to keep from being lonely, socially.

What are the negatives?  The rest of it.  Most importantly, the amount of time spent browsing and or responding to commentary, is time that could be spent in other interests I have, that I have let slip away, because of the time FB takes away from me.  That means time to read more, time to involve myself again in many of the hobbies that I've ignored since I let Facebook eat up that time.  Hey, think of the art that could be done with the time gained by not being there!

I've already had emails from well meaning Facebook 'friends' making me feel like I've done something to them, by doing this, because they can't see the paintings.  For them, and the others who's interest in my art I appreciate and am grateful for, check in here and on my website.  Both are better art viewing venues than Facebook.  And you don't have all of the political and social bullshit to have to deal with.

With that, I'm going enjoy this beautiful spring day with a painting excursion or a walk. I'll see you back here as soon as I have something to share.  My studio is waiting... Ciao!


33 comments:

William R. Moore said...

Mar,
Thankfully behavioral scientist believe it only takes 21 days to create new habits.

I'm trying to give up many habits that haven't served me well. Here is to discarding all habits that don't serve us well. It doesn't take long to create the ones that serve us better. My problem is not the recognition of the ones that don't serve me well, it is the initiative to act and continue the path.

Congratulations to you for recognizing and taking action (initiative)on the first step. Good luck on the next 21 days kicking an addictive habit that dose not serve you well.

I was disappointed when artist began moving away from their blogs toward Facebook. Like you said it isn't the best platform. It may reach more people but it is probably not worth the trade offs.

William R. Moore said...

Marc, sorry about the Mar, I should have previewed and edited.

Sean said...

I for one have a great deal of respect for you taking that step. All the positives you mention are most certainly positives, but the overall effect of social networks is to take users away from what they love. Facebook places people in a half-world where responding instantly and "keeping up" are the replacements for a true fascination with life.

Enjoy the painting and family time you've just given yourself!

Christine Troyer said...

Marc-
Glad that you are balancing your time. You work so hard. I wondered how that could be humanly possible to sustain.

It's been interesting to watch how artists have moved with technology. I enjoyed reading the blog & wondered where you had gone. I'm not a fan of FB but was glad to be able to follow along.

By your sharing, I want to thank you for relieving my mind that I didn't want to hitch on to that ride.
Painting is addictive enough for now. It keeps me trying to learn all that I can. That is my addiction.

Marc R. Hanson said...

William, Sean and Christine... I am very happy to hear that there are more people thinking like this.

Good info on habits William. I'll keep that in mind as the shakes begin!

Sean... you've expressed the FB world perfectly! Thank you!

Christine... I obviously agree totally. Glad to hear you're head is in the right place too.

I'm actually looking forward to using this format for more substance. Something that is difficult to do on FB. There's always a thorn tossed in there by someone, ill intentioned (and there is a lot of that I do believe) or not, to drag an idea off course. The blog has always been a good place for exchange of ideas and techniques with regard to painting and art, without all of the extraneous ego, religious and political aspect that FB is full of.

Thanks for the comments...

cj roughton said...

I am such an addictive person I think?! and... so happy to follow your lead on this one, FB has become exhausting really!! I have hardly posted at all just trying to keep up with something, and Im not even sure what it is!! Kind of funny, I should have thought of doing this myself :) Yep Im taking a break too!

Maggie Latham said...

I’ve followed your blog for a long time, and many other artist blogs because as you say they have substance. I don’t follow any artist on face book any more and have recently un-friended everyone except close friends and relatives. It’s nice to be able to share photos with relatives abroad, otherwise I would disconnect from FB too. Your blog is full of interesting things about your life as a painter and I enjoy your posts as much as seeing your artwork.

Margie Larson's Bittersweet Arts said...

Marc--I left FB at the beginning of Lent. It has been quite an interesting ride. I really do miss seeing what my artist friends are doing. I especially miss seeing posts about my grandchildren. But.....I do not miss how it sucks away time. Time better spent painting, reading and learning and more about art. Good luck, I know you will find your self even more creative than usual.
PS I always wondered how you kept up with everything with so many posts on FB.

Lori Woodward said...

Good for you Marc! Funny when I think I'm spending too much time on Facebook, I usually think... Well !arc Hanson is on there and he gets a lot of painting done.

Can't use you as an excuse. Anyway, hope you have a great time off line and get ample social connection in real life.

John Baker said...

Hi Marc,
I've followed you blog since the April event a few years ago and I am not crazy about Facebook. I never go to your page. I check the blog regularly and am happy. There's just too much for this old brain to figure out on FB. Thanks for keep ing the blog going.

Barbara Benedetti Newton said...

Good for you Marc. Enjoy your life!

susanne said...

Smart move...enjoy!

Kirk Witmer said...

Hooray for you Marc! You've just confirmed for me what I've been thinking for a quite awhile. I resisted FB for a very long time, and the only reason I gave in was because I paid good money to attend a seminar which stressed the importance of using social media to promote my art. HA! I can honestly say I cannot attribute a single sale to the use of FB. It has become the biggest time sink I have ever encountered in my life. Now the only question is "How long will it take me to summon the 'courage' to kill my account?"

Marc R. Hanson said...

It's really reinforcing my choice when I read your replies here, and the emails I've been sent today. Thank you.

Rebecca said...

Looking forward to seeing what inspires you next! :-)

Tania said...

Congratulations, I think your time will be much better spent elsewhere.
Now all I have to do is gather up the courage to do the same :)

annie compton said...

I'll join the support group for ditching Facebook !
You nailed it
Much prefer hearing and sharing in blog format
Congrats on taking the jump
Annie

Kathy Cousart said...

Huge fan of yours and admire so many of the decisions you have made. This is another one to be admired and can feel how personal it is for you. Good for you to do what you feel you need to for your personal journey- that is what this is all about-growing and learning everyday as an artist:) Will look forward to seeing your posts here and supporting along the way! Paint On! Take care too:)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Annie that cracked me up!

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Marc, I have been following your blog and fb post since 2009. How great it is for you to leave fb. I tried and lasted only 24hrs., Maybe it's time to try again. Once again thank you for sharing your art and thoughts.

All the best to you.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Rebecca... Tania... Thank you!

Kathy... Along with the others, your comment anchors my choice firmly in place. Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I'm really looking forward to having an exchange in blogdom. I'm going to be very active here with discussion about painting and art. First, a trip to Utah and then back here fora lot of painting.

Stay tuned. :)

I want to say that I had great business results from Facebook. The exposure there was fantastic. I recognize how well it treated me. Sales, new students, and even gallery representation, all as a result of being there. I'm not forgetting those things in this decision.

The decision is still a better choice for me.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Joan. You're right, it's not easy. I was talking privately to another buddy. I said if someone walked into this conversation and didn't know what we were talking about, they'd probably assume it was drugs or alcohol! That alone tells me that there validity to getting away from FB, if for only a short time, or for good.

Michael Chesley Johnson PSA MPAC said...

Good choice, Marc. Another benefit for focusing on the blog is that you have much, much more control over the blog (content, appearance, availability, etc.) than Facebook. I still go back and forth over whether to leave FB. Still working to minimize my interaction with the world there - but maybe that's just like the alcoholic saying, "Well, if I just have one small drink a night, I can kick this thing."

Laurel Daniel said...

Heroic move, Marc. I'm not sure why balance is so hard to hang onto… but it's truly an elusive thing. And a treasure when achieved. I will be looking forward to your blog posts and happy to know that any silence means you are out loving life. Bravo to you.

Linda M. Epstein said...

love and art, yeah, good addictions

Your blog has been on my "top sites" page since that april you painted through a few years back, nice to see in the morning the corner dog-earredfor a new post from you

William R. Moore said...


I became familiar with you and your work on "Wet Canvas" when your treads and comment appeared as Paintbox if my memory serves me correctly. You have always produced outstanding work and shared the very best advice on technique, materials, equipment, and all of your DIY'S. I think all of your admirers greatly appreciate your dedication to the work and freely shared advise.

Your first painting marathon to me was incomprehensible that anyone could create that many paintings of that quality daily and sustain that for so long.

I'm enjoying reading this Marc and all the comments. I first came to Facebook to see some pictures my daughter posted of my grandsons. I then began to add others as Facebook Friends and it has become addictive and a time drain that keeps me from doing more meaningful things that serve me better. ( I think Maggie Latham's first comment leads me to a more manageable solution: to un-friend all but family and close friends that don't live near (other states or countries). I think at least for a while I will keep a few art group sites. Marc, this blog post will be my imputes to free up much time consumed by being on Facebook and a big thanks to you for that. Thanks also to Maggie Latham, I'm not sure I can go cold turkey like you eventually did. Maybe I'll be able later to completely walk away like you and Marc have done. It's a start in the right direction. I may miss some things but I think this will better serve me.

Rae said...

Good for you! Whether the break is permanent or temporary it's always good to take a step back and see if it serves your interests to be there. It does become tempting to "just check for a few minutes" and have it turn into a lot more time than you intended. Hope it works out well for you!

Jane said...

Hey Marc…some time to get back to playing your mandolin :)

Cheryl Curran said...

Hey Marc, Go love life and enjoy, found you before FB and will continue to follow your blog. Grateful you recognize what you need to do, and I am sure it will benefit you and the rest of us. Happy painting and happy spring!

Randy Saffle said...

I followed you before Facebook and will after, but I have to admit I enjoyed my nearly daily updates of what you are up too.

Marc R. Hanson said...

I can't wait to get back to posts and discussion about Art. Maybe tomorrow. We paint here on st George tomorrow and on Friday, at Authentique and Mission Galleries. This is a sweet town. The galleries are two doors away from each other. I'll be blogging about the events and posting pics here of the happenings. Stay tuned.

Thank you for all of your thoughts. I love the blogs... And am now out of Facebook detox. The response here is heart warming and reassuring to me and my choice.

Isn't it bizarre that we even spend time on it? The phenomenum of Facebook is incredible. I've been trying to think of what, or if, there has ever been anything to take over the populace like it before? And something that is such a constant norm in people's day to day existence? I think I've figured out what it was, but it was something that took place in my parents generation, not mine. Except that when the parties were held at our house, we'd sit on the stairs to see what it was all about and wonder, and listen to the chatter... It was Bridge, the card game. The socializing phenomenum of the 50's, 60's and early 70's for my mom and her friends. It wasn't omnipresent in all age groups or gender groups. But I think it may be close in the way it was a regularly scheduled event, that come hell or high water, was going to happen on it's allotted night... Or Else!!! Peanuts and mints...

Marc R. Hanson said...

;-)

Solvay said...

I always liked the blog better anyway---grieved when everyone left blogging in favor of Facebook.

Big round of applause for quality living!