For the past 14 weeks (beginning on July 18th with my own responses) I have posted answers to The Questionnaire from the first batch of artists that I asked to participate. Most people really became invested in their answers and spent time providing me with images and info to give a few broad strokes and a little depth to the kind of quirky profile that the questions provided. Adding The Questionnaire to my blog as a regular feature provided some publicity for the artists and also helped me increase my readership. This was definitely a good thing all around.
|Blue skies and plenty of room at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, Mass.|
Don't Fence Me In
However, I am feeling a little boxed in by the schedule. This is the part of me that refuses to have a job where I have to show up every day and that doesn't like to go to bed at a regular time. Although I enjoy organization and cultivate a certain amount of neatness and punctuality, the idea of a regular schedule goes against my grain. You can see this in my artwork - I like geometric abstraction but I also need organic expressionism.
|Blue Skies, encaustic with mixed media, 12"x12", 2008|
I Need Some Space, Man
So I'm taking a little break from the punishing once a week schedule (written with irony) while I recruit more artists who wish to participate.
A Scientific Report
But let's review those Questionnaire answers.
Most popular color: GREEN edged out RED and was way ahead of BLUE
Most popular favorite word: YES
No other word was even repeated by more than one person. Other favorite words were:
Qualities most valued in friends: honesty, loyalty, humor
Artistic influences: EVA HESSE was mentioned more than anyone.
LOUISE BOURGEOIS was second.
CY TWOMBLY and LEE BONTECOU were also mentioned a few times.
Earthly happiness involved family, friends, good food and surprising amounts of sleep.