The internet - it’s like a magnificent museum with endless choices of viewing material. I can peruse folk art, learn about politics, visit foreign countries, see amazing landscapes, and on and on.
My favorite pastime is to look at all the wonderful art, especially fiber art. OMG! I love it! But I'm not sure how much I want to look at it anymore.
Lately, I find myself choosing NOT to look at art, especially my kind of art, online.
So much of what’s out there in WebLand is wonderful, but looking at it has at least two negative effects:
1) I feel overwhelmed by how wonderful everyone else is and then I lose faith in my own work.
2) My head gets so filled up with all those images that it is like a garden full of weeds that you have to get rid of in order to find the tomatoes ... my own vision gets lost, or smothered by all those other images.
And, I'll add 3) I really dislike it when I see something that I might make but once I see it from someone else, I worry that I'll seem like I am copying. So then I never pursue it myself.
Oh, and 4) Sometimes I see something that I know is a copy of something I've made and that's a tad annoying.