Old Dog, New Tricks? The Digital Age is a Constant Education.

This September 1, I turned 38. To some of you, that may be ancient, while some might think I'm just a spring chicken. To me, that age seems old, but in my head, I'm still sixteen. In reality, I am often shocked at all the things I am responsible for. It's like juggling, except I'm not juggling friendly rubber balls, they're sharp metal knives and they're on fire. At least, that's how it feels sometimes. That I am maintaining a relationship, raising 5 children, helping run a business, trying to start another one, working a regular job, doing my art, dealing with stressful family situations, paying bills and taking care of the inner life of myself, my children, and my partner? OMG, just reading that sentence makes me want to hide in a cave.

Then, there's the part where I'm constantly learning new things. I've had six lifetimes of education since I completed my Bachelor's degree. I feel like I should have achieved Ninja level status in at least a few areas by now. I should have unlocked some bonus rounds, here! Yet, everyday there is a new app, a new way to connect, a new technology. In order for my art to go anywhere, I have to learn: new techniques, new skills, new media.

Lately, in addition to all the above, I've been taking online art classes (a fantastic experience) and realizing I need new ways to connect through my art. So I revamped my website, took a good look at social media, shifted to this blog from my outdated, directionless blog, and...

...drumroll, please...

...am attempting YouTube.

You see, I have a little bit of an embarassing guilty pleasure. It all started when episodes of Bob Ross showed up on Netflix. Late at night, when I'm the last one awake, his predictible paintings and soothing voice put me to sleep! I tore through all Netflix could offer, then hopped over to YouTube where ALL the episodes live. Plus other artists doing other art videos!

Then, a small voice in my head said, "You can make art videos." I'd tried it in the past, but didn't really have a good setup or direction. So then I searched out how to create YouTube videos. First, I had to slosh through all the "how to market with YouTube" stuff, but I knew some artists had to offer...something. Then I finally stumbled onto a few artists who showed their setup for recording the creation of their paintings.

I ordered a camera holder for my iPhone so I could record myself drawing or painting above my desk, and then I was good to go!

Or so I thought.

This is where that learning curve comes in. I had to record about twenty clips. Then upload all of them. Then try to get them into YouTube only to realize I couldn't edit them correctly. (I was too impatient, most likely). I found a free video editor ( the most recommended seemed to be Windows Movie Maker) BUT... my computers had all decided - on their own - that I needed Windows 10 and the program is not compatible with Windows 10. Of course!

Colossal sigh.

Finally - finally- I patched together enough help to get the program running on one computer and I was able to edit my clips AND add music AND insert helpful yet entertaining captions. (In my own head, they're entertaining, anyway). And finally, I have a YouTube video.

I think. There could be some more glitches that I'm not aware of. In fact, I'm sure there will be. But I'm on the bottom end of this learning curve, and there's only one way to go from here. (Not backwards. Please not backwards!) I will continue to teach myself art and social media and internet marketing, because face it, I have finding funny relevant Internet memes for any situation down to a science. So I can already check THAT item off the list.

Of course...

Of course...


I hope you'll continue to hang out with me here on the blog, and if you're interested in the YouTube vids, here's the "Welcome to my Channel" video and my first time lapse painting video links. My YouTube Channel is here if you want to check it out. Please like my videos and subscribe to my channel if that's your thing.