Houston Art Tribe has officially begun! My introductory video is a bit on the amateur side with my face rather close to the camera, which is actually my iphone. When I had it further away from me, it sounded like I had my back to the camera. One would have to turn the volume way up, and the fan at the end of the room would have won your attention. Of course, I could have turned the fan off, but this is June in Houston, Texas, so... well, no.
Clearly the videos will improve over time as I add some better equipment for this project, and as soon as I have the funds, I am eager to do so! I also believe these episodes will become much more engaging as I bring in different artists each time, usually a one-on-one kind of visit. We will talk about their work, their process, their studio or workspace and any issues and/or concerns they may have, along with any accomplishments, or just some good teaching moments. It’s really about the spontaneity of conversation, which generally happens naturally for most of us as we live our lives off camera.
There is a website now in the working, and there will be other social media links to help people find this video log, referred to affectionately by Youtubers as a “vlog”. Yes, I am vlogging, another modern-day word that sounds like a new form of repetitive exercise that spell check is certain should not exist.
Sometimes I feel like my feet are in mud, like one of those dreams you have when you try to run but you keep sinking in deeper. I truly am excited about this project, as I am already working on the next episode, yet I am that artist who needs her studio time, and perhaps it is just this unwavering heat? Really, can I blame it on the heat?
In most cases, I would have said to be ready with all these avenues before launching this vlog, but perhaps the motto to be “laid-back”, to really enjoy the process, has had a deeper and rather relaxing influence on me. As it has been said, the destination is the journey. So there it is, slowly but surely forming into what it will become, and hopefully benefitting a wide audience of Houston area artists!