I had a totally different blogpost planned for today. Last night, before I closed up "shop" (the computer) for the night, I noticed a direct tweet from Mark, a fellow twitter/artist/friend living in Canada, (check out his blog/bio/links). We were throwing comments back and forth during the evening, along with other twitter people. The last tweet I saw from Mark was asking to see what I look like in person since my avatar is an Andy Warhol type of abstract, multi-color photo of me and a painting in the background.
Now, the thing is this: Do people on social networking sites want to be anonymous or right out there in detailed real life? I've got nothing to hide, but still, who are the people out there? As an artist, I do want to have a network of like-minded artists sharing a virtual art world on the net. With all the identity theft of late, it could be a scary world out in cyberspace.
Actually I believe artists are pretty benign bunch. Okay, we have a different sensibility about things. So I don't find it odd that Mark, and I'm sure other cyber-friends want to see who we're communicating with. Hey, some people don't add their real name! And it's a human nature thing, too. We want to connect with other human beings on a more personal level. This computer stuff is not the same as eye to eye contact.
Well, I offered a recent photo of my real self taken last fall when I visited the Nassau County Museum of Art for the Norman Rockwell exhibition. I didn't add the photo to my blogpost, but it was a less unflattering photo than some others I had, you know, you want to look semi-decent, not like a hag. I was so happy on that Artist's Date, my first. The weather was beautiful, I had a great time by myself and the art, I found hiking trails on the grounds of the old estate and took a quiet walk. A wonderful day and I felt happy and light.
This morning I saw Mark's tweet: "You have the gaze of a joyfully expectant seeker.... what are you looking for? What is your joy?"
So the big question is: What is your joy?
I was stunned by such a thought provoking question at the start of my morning. My twitter answer: "Well, I seek to find the who I was when..free, serene, w/turps as my perfume.."