I've done it, deactivated my Facebook account! Yesterday, while driving the last 4 hours on my way home, I decided that there is more to life... period. You all know the reasons, we all feel them, we hear and read news stories about them, we talk about them with friends, then go back and log onto our Facebook feed.
My problem is that even though I've become acquainted with many, many people on Facebook, and some have become friends, Very good friends, for the most part it's the same old same old... same old people who I find myself interacting with, same old people coming out of the woodwork like marauding sharks when something is expressed that doesn't agree with their own world view, same old back up when it does. Much of it is entertaining, some if it discouraging, all of it a time sucker!
Lately, I don't have to tell anyone how volatile and vile that place has been.
That is not why I decided to deactivate. The rhetoric was part of the reason. It wasn't inspiring or uplifting anymore, in my view. Much of the flow down the stream on my newsfeed was false, false information, made up even. Or it was trivial garbage... THAT I WOULD SPEND TIME VIEWING!!! When you begin to feel a pall of disgust about something that you are involved in, it's time to reconsider the activity.
|My demo at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition last weekend at Marshall Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. It is an oil on canvas, 18x36, and was painted up from the previously posted painting, "Ditches and Dust".|
I already blogged some about this, so I won't beat it to death. But one change of mind here... I am going to begin using Instagram (marcrhanson) for "pocket viewing" as I call it, and perceive the reason and habit of it and Facebook. I have my account straightened out now so that I can use it properly, and will be for sharing artwork. That's what I realized is the good part, a quick place to share art. I don't want to leave the wonderful world of what my artistic comrades are up to, that's 'I'nspiration that I need.
There is a great sense of accomplishment that comes from showing our work to others. If we go day in and out and don't put the paintings out there, then who are we communicating with? The making of Art is a communicative act, communication is a dual action. It takes more than one person. Between this blog, my Newsletters, email, and Instagram (and yes, I am checking out Pinterest too), I think I will be able to stay out of the wilderness and communicate with the sharing of art.
I'm looking forward to more reading, writing, home work (repairs), fly tying, archery, fishing, meeting of the neighbors, enjoying a cup of coffee without worrying about frying the computer with it, more time in a day... that's a big one... MORE PAINTING without feeling like if I don't get it up on Facebook, it won't be real. It wasn't really that bad... really... I don't think? See you here on the blog and Instagram -close-