Today is a rather momentous day so I’m going to forego our regular Wisdom Wednesday entry. Instead I want to mark this particular day because it is our 100th post. Wow! About 5 months ago I started this project with Adam Wimsatt. He handles all the technical stuff that I never could have learned to navigate. He’s responsible for so much but I believe the most important thing he does is to make it possible for us to find each other. Thank you Adam! I do the writing and most of the photography (my friend, photographer Kevin Hulett, has also provided photos throughout the blog).
I started doing High-Road-Artist.com (formerly high-road-artist.com as some of you may remember) to inspire others. I wanted to tell my story because I’ve found, over the years, that people seem motivated to consider their own lives when they hear about mine — to question whether or not they are living their truths. I’ve SEEN this positively affect people, so I wanted to share my experiences with more of you. Thus the blog was born.
Something I didn’t realize when I began this project with Adam was that a blog is a living, breathing thing. It changes and grows, if we let it. I’ve come to understand it’s a very organic process, much like painting, and it will tell us what it wants—you will tell us what you want. So we’ve listened and I truly love what this blog is becoming: It is shifting from a monologue where I am telling you what is, to more of a conversation in which you are participating. I’m coming to know those of you who are a part of High-Road-Artist along with me, and your stories are enriching mine. Some nights, in the wee hours, this community has come to sustain me. Because of you, I am no longer alone on this artist’s path that I walk, and it’s very good to have you by my side. THANK YOU. Through the exercise of communicating with you, I am learning more about who I am and what I want. You are helping me to clarify my life (thank you again) and I hope I may be doing the same for you.
I expect our conversation will expand and deepen over time and that more of you will participate. One of the ways I think this will come about is by getting the online classroom up and running. COMING SOON, as they say. If you have any thoughts about what would make it easier for you to be a part of the blog, please let us know and we’ll think about incorporating your ideas. I’ve been considering an “Ask Jeane” button, or a “Share With Jeane” button, or both. What do you think about that?
But today I wanted to revisit some earlier posts. I thought we’d start with links to my whole story, in order, for those of you who haven’t read them, or for those of you who may want to read them again:
1. My Story Begins
2. My Re-Birthday
3. Leap of Faith
4. Into the Wilderness
5. Of the Land
6. The Long Goodbye
7. Coming to New Mexico
8. Dreams Come True
9. The Night I Died: The Whole Story, Part 1
10. The Night I Died: The Whole Story, Part 2
Then I thought we could take a look at the posts that were the most widely read, which turned out to be a diverse cross-section of the blog. Excepting those in the list above, they were:
1. A Celebration of Skye’s First Year
2. Janice Joplin and Jimi Hendrix Were Here
3. Today’s the Day, Beginning to Paint (Again)
4. Happy Dog, Skye In Snow
5. My Favorite Taos Modernist
6. A Three-Legged Man of the West
7. Night Skye
8. Art Opening at Hand Artes Gallery, Truchas, NM
9. Gallery Hopping In Santa Fe
10. Alvaro Cardona-Hine On What Is Art?
And then I wanted to list ten that are my personal favorites, for whatever reason:
1. Ode to the Peaks
2. Learning to Love
3. Art—How much does my soul need to stay alive?
4. What Just Happened?
5. Singing for Joy, Gathering Bones
6. Child’s Play
7. Finding What We Belong To
8. Being Human
9. The Old Adobe Church, the Wolf and Survival
10. The Farmer’s Mantra
It has been an ongoing joy and privilege to participate with you all through this blogging venture we’ve taken on together. Let’s see where the next 5 months may take us! Are you along for the ride? I hope so.
Love to you all and thanks for being a part of this journey,