I already used this email exchange in a reply to Francoise, but decided to post it so everyone can see how wrong I was. Here is my side of the conversation.
On Jan 1, 2012, at 8:48 AM, michael smith wrote:I doubt that many of the ‘general public’ will ever see this blog. My idea in starting it was to make a journal, or record of what my ‘process’ is. Primarily just for myself. Weird, huh?
=== No, not weird, but why have it public ?But, then I realized that I’m just as interested in what other ‘creators’ go through to take some idea and actually MAKE something. Really, just the sort of communication that you and I already have. I’d like to see photos of your shop, and the sort of cynical comments that you already share with me.It gets me out of my little, naive way of looking at making something that I intend to try to sell.
=== Naive is GOOD !It’s our communication that makes me curious about what artists are about. Whether it’s primarily the $$$$$$$$’s, to save the environment, to go to art fairs and meet cool people, whatever. Do they start with detailed drawings and measurements, or, like me, just start putting different things together till they decide ‘that’s it’. Like I said, you have made me curious when I see some art that I like–where and how did the artist get there.
=== Again, why publish it then ?There is probably no ‘value’ to you. Just to me. Just write like you always do to me–I might be the only one that reads it anyway!