Rockwell’s dilemma … What to paint?
I love this self-portrait by Norman Rockwell. It shows that even the most prolific of artists will hit a stone wall once in a while. It depicts him approaching a deadline with no idea in mind and it became the Oct., 1938 cover of The Saturday Evening Post !
The painting reminds me of the “writer’s block” that seems to plague me more and more as I continue to blog.
I have been blogging since July of 2006 and I love it. As a lot of you know, my initial idea was to document my life’s journey in a series of short vignettes. These I would compile into a book for my three children at Christmas time. I had the hopes that it would provide them with a clearer picture of their mother, warts and all.
I was anxious to get the book finished and bound so I blogged very heavily for the first 5 months. This has proved to be a mistake, since I only have so many memories and I posted almost 100 of them in that short time. However, the book was finished and was a great success, so I am thankful for that. And, I do continue to conjure up memories. After all, I have over 75 years of them! But it gets harder and harder as the weeks go by.
Now I am lucky if I have a new (and, hopefully, interesting) memory once a week. But I don’t want to give up the blogging life. I love the people from all over the world who have become part of my life and who comment faithfully...I’m sure you know who you are! And I love to read your blogs too.
So here I am…and the dilemma continues. I want to keep the format the same and I guess I will persevere as long as I can. At the very least keeping those memories green is a great mental exercise and I can certainly use that !