Good-bye Dear Blog!


After much thought I’ve decided to take a blog break for the foreseeable future. The decision was not an easy one, as I’ve enjoyed sharing my creative thoughts and art with you here. But as we are continuously being told, the only constant is “change” and I’ve decided it’s time for me to make a few changes.

There are several reasons I want to take a break. One is I want to dedicate more time to creating art, and there are only so many hours in a day and week. For the past two years, I’ve posted a new blog entry almost every week. Each entry takes a number of hours to write, from formulating ideas for posts, to preparing images and doing the actual writing. It’s been a lot of fun! But my first and foremost love is putting paint on panels.

Another reason is that other enterprises are encroaching on my time. I’m now a licensed artist with Abbey Road Fine Art Licensing and I have to give extra time to photograph and prepare the high-resolution images they require. Some of this was detailed in my blog post, “How to Photograph Art in High-Res for Reproduction.”

As a member of The Colborne Art Gallery collective, I find I’m dedicating more time to various jobs needed to keep the gallery running. This is all volunteer work, but necessary if I want to continue as a member. Even though I love the Internet community, there’s no substitute for real, actual people to connect with on a regular basis.

So those are just a few of my reasons for a break. I want to thank all of you who have been following me here! I have so appreciated it. If you want to continue to see what I’m up to in the studio, then I urge you to connect with me on any of the social media sites I frequent. I will continue to post to Facebook a few times a week, sharing new work, studio updates and news. I also post new work to my Tumblr blog if you want some eye-candy a few times per week. On Instagram, I post a couple of times per day during the week. Here’s where you’ll find my daily studio practice and works in progress, things I don’t necessarily share elsewhere. Lastly, if you’re not on my newsletter subscription list, then please join! I send an email newsletter once a month announcing new work and events and it’s the best way to find out about shows and studio tours.

So there you have it. There’s no need to be a stranger—we can still connect and communicate in so many ways. In fact, I look forward to it!

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8 Responses to Good-bye Dear Blog!

  1. Rebekah March 16, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    I will certainly miss your insights but I am happy you will be able to spend more time on your art! Good for you!

    See you on Instagram!

    • Dorothy Siemens March 16, 2016 at 11:10 am #

      Thank you Rebekah! As you well know, you can only squeeze so many things in a day, and art-making is really my happy place. 🙂

  2. Wendy Moore March 16, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    I will also miss your weekly writing and colour Dorothy but hope I can still catch up via Instagram? Enjoy connecting in your happy place and all the other activities you are engaged in. Hugs frommOz, Wendy

    • Dorothy Siemens March 16, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

      Thank you Wendy, for your kind words. I look forward to keeping connected with you on Instagram! So wonderful that we can “know” each other even though on the other side of the world. Ain’t technology grand!

  3. Tina M March 16, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

    I will miss reading your blogs. They have inspired me to keep going with my own painting practice. It does take time to produce quality product be it a blog or a painting. I applaud you for following your heart and choosing that which you most love to do. I still like to subscribe to your newsletter. Thank You. Wishing you all the best. 🙂

    • Dorothy Siemens March 17, 2016 at 8:45 am #

      I appreciate your comments, Tina – thank you! I admit giving up the blog was a difficult decision as I have enjoyed sharing my passion in a more expanded way than I can on sites like Instagram and Facebook. In the meantime, I’m so glad to hear that you’ll be getting my newsletters. And email anytime you like with questions or just conversation! Keep in touch!

  4. Linda G Hendrickson March 18, 2016 at 8:53 am #

    Hi Dorothy,
    I am so sad since I have only recently found you….but I applaud your choice. I am also an artist and the demand to be the “Jack of all trades” can certainly suck the life out of your art. I have made a once a month goal for my blog since I find words hard to come by and subjects I think worth sharing harder still…but do keep up with your “peeps” even it is just once in a blue moon. We love your work and want to hear from you.

    • Dorothy Siemens March 18, 2016 at 11:28 am #

      Thank you for your lovely words, Linda! I certainly hope we keep in touch! I certainly thought long and hard before giving up the blog, but you’re right about the “jack of all trades” syndrome. As artists and also business people trying to market our art, there comes a time when you just have to say – I can’t do it all anymore! But who knows – I might find the break restful and be ready to get on the blog bandwagon again in future!