Recently, I've noticed a frightening trend in my own work to lose focus and begin working on my facebook page. I have had difficulties in the past with pulling away from my work and leaving paintings unfinished, but now I think it's been caused partially by time spent online. So I recently decided, for many reasons to get rid of my facebook fanpage. It also worries me that I have no copyrights to my images on there, but it's mainly because it's a massive time hole. It's a mesmerizing maze that leads to nowhere. This click-through maze was beginning to influence my time management for paintings. With having my own blog, I will continue to write when I want to write and post images of finished pieces. I know now that in my youth I need to spend my downtime outside, enjoying nature and contemplating my current commissions.
I'm not shunning the 21st century and living as a hermit, that would be really ignorant and not forward thinking. Instead, it's better to find a balance. I see massive forums online related to art and groups of people talking in circles about topics like, "How did Vermeer really paint?" The truth is that Vermeer didn't ask questions like that. He practiced his craft and learned by working. A 21st century artist, in my mind has to bridge the past with the confusing present and that is something that I will explore on my own and without any fanpage.