Thoughts on blogging

IMG_3396It’s been a while since I’ve been meaning to have a presence on the web as an artist. After much thought, I decided that the best venue for me would be a blog instead of a static website. Over the years, I found that I learn more from artists’ blogs than I do their websites (I’ll confess that I can spend a little too much time on the Internet looking at artwork and doing research for my classes). I like reading about other people’s creative process and find it very enriching. This is why when I finally got around to presenting myself as an artist online, I chose to blog. After researching several platforms, I decided to use worpress.com because here, I could have the blogroll component as well as static pages.

I launched The Drawing Page and published my very first post about two months ago in early September. I have learned a lot through the process of setting up and writing in this medium. Fortunately, Blogging 101 was being offered in September and it was perfect timing for me. The class has helped me understand the dynamics of blogging.

I had no idea what it meant to be in the blogosphere until last month. Looking at blogs as an outsider is a whole different experience than from the inside. The sense of community among bloggers took me by surprise, the interaction is very positive and encouraging. This new interaction has led me to find blogs I enjoy that are not necessarily art related, but have to do with some of my other interests or with thoughtful reflections on many aspects of life. The setup through word press in which there are suggested blogs for different topics and tips on many aspects of blogging has allowed me to discover new artists and meaningful articles of all types.

I have been inspired by many of these sites, I find many writers witty and very interesting. One thing most bloggers have in common is creativity and self drive.

Certainly blogging is a commitment and takes work, but I agree with many other bloggers that the opportunity to reflect on whatever the site’s topic is, can help anyone grow as a human being and somehow become more organized and accountable with ones own goals.

Docks and Piers

I am so grateful to live near the ocean and coastal rivers. Savannah has beautiful waterways and I often get away with my family in our camper to the beach or by a river.

Here is a selection of sketchbook drawings done from docks or fishing piers over the years. These were all done from direct observation. My favorite thing about drawing from direct observation is that the response to the subject being drawn is more emotional and the feeling of the space makes it into the drawing.

View from the gate

This is the first post under the Sunday sketchbook category. I plan to upload a sketchbook entry every Sunday.

I did this sketch at the Atlanta airport, while waiting to board the plane on a business trip. This was done with ballpoint pen on a travelogue sketchbook.

I had fun observing all the activity that happened while I was drawing and hope to have captured some of that.

Adriana Burgos, sketchbook entry, 2014, ballpoint pen

Adriana Burgos, sketchbook entry, 2014, ballpoint pen

Sketches from nature

I grew up in Costa Rica, a country with great biodiversity. My father was an agronomist and as a child I lived in a research center in a beautiful tropical valley. I spent a lot of time outside  and have always been quite the environmentalist.

It should come as no surprise that as an adult I enjoy camping and love sketching from nature when I have a chance. Drawing from nature on site is a perfect way to connect with a specific place.

Georgia’s natural resources are inspiring as well. Here are a couple of my sketches from a recent trip to Magnolia Springs State Park (one of our favorite spots to camp in). These were done with sepia copic liner.

Sketchbook drawing, Adriana Burgos, April 2014

Sketchbook drawing, Adriana Burgos, April 2014

Adriana Burgos, sketchbook page, Magnolia Springs April 2014

Adriana Burgos, sketchbook page, Magnolia Springs April 2014