Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Hey there!



This is a watercolor painting from about, mmm, a year and a half or two ago. Actually, this is the first watercolor painting I did, at a workshop. It was a blast! There's something very zen about how you have to let the paint, water and paper just do their thing ... I really would like to take more classes ...

Okay, so here's what I'm thinking ...

(you, sitting there in the back of the room, you should be thinking, "Uh oh")

Between now and the end of the year, we should do this:

We should all reach out across the blogosphere and say, "Hey there!" I read requests from bloggers that their readers (repeat, occasional or even chance), post a comment to just check in. Some people have really great readers that have become an extended support system. Some people ... just the sound of crickets chirping. [Sigh]

I figure, you know, the holidays are coming up, and it's a friendly kind of thing to do. Between now and the end of the year, why don't we all post at least one comment to each of the blogs we visit, just to say, "Hey! Thanks!"

The feedback and support people get from their blogs, it's really inspiring. I mean, it can be and, in many cases by intent, is a pretty anonymous task, which is okay. Sometimes, maybe it's better to be cathartic without getting the response. But, for me, well, it's nice to see who I'm reaching, maybe by the glow of your moniter, way out, who knows where. Otherwise, you know, it's like I'm just talking to myself, and, let's be real: I do plenty of that when I'm stuck in traffi- ...

Oh wait. Was I talking out loud there? I meant to just think it. Whoops. [snicker]

Anyway, there are these little dots all over the world that I see on my ClustrMaps map. I wish I knew how you found me. Drop me a line. I wish I could have that holiday Open House, with all those cookies Joy and I meant to bake last year ... so you could stay for a bit, mix and mingle, and have some nummies.

(Tony's thinking, "Ohhhh, nummies")

I'm going to go off and let all the people I visit .. know that I visit them, and to just say "Hey". Wish I could drop off some cookies for them, too.

... But do say Hello, won't you? :)

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

MMMMmmmm cookies.... a gathering with lots of cookies sounds very YUM-O, ... you know... well, I guess I should get back to the point... I may not post very often, but sure do visit often.... Still waiting to see the picture of Wendee taking a picture of Jan taking a picture.... Oh.. how 'bout you draw it? Then you won't need that pesky and awkward third wheel. ... O.K. FINE, I'll drop it.... O.K. anyway, back to the cookies...

-Anonymous hard at work

Karen said...

Hi, hello, hello! Waves ...
BTW, I put a link to you in my blog post today, talking about our Getty visit, so maybe some new folks will discover you, too!

Karen said...

Hi me again - I hit send before I was finished.
Lovely flower and I hope we'll see more wcs from you - let's do another Descanso day soon, k?

Anonymous said...

HEY THERE...


So your saying we can all come over for cookies? I'm in.. You must have a big house... I call shotgun on the window facing the ocean (even if I can't see it)..as long as I have a direct line to it..i'm good.

The fridge door is always my escape when I need to read or see something deep. And the wendster never fails to deliver.

Ken

Wendee said...

AHAW - Figured I could count on you to chime in. The lure of cookies ...

Thanks KEN. You can call dibs on whichever window faces the ocean, any time. And you're always welcome to stop by, whether the FridgeDoor is feeling deep, mopey, perky, dorky, whatever. Thanks, bud.
Yeah, if it takes an open invitation for cookies at Wendees to get people to say Hello, well, hm. I'll have to think about that one. What if you people are messy and loud? OMG! [Steve would be thinking, "My kind'a people. Party!"]

KAREN - Thanks for the link. What a great day. I haven't checked on the photos I took; those should be really fun. Haven't worked with the tubes of watercolor, just the little pans, since I took the workshop, and you know, I really need to just stop my yammering and get back to 'em, huh? Yes, Descanso.... Hugs to Glenn, who had to work so hard.

Robin Neudorfer said...

Hello Wendee
Not sure that I will see you on Tuesday, as I have a painting date with Michael Newberry.
Have a cookie for me, okay?

Norma said...

Thanks for the invitatiion. I found your blog through the other Wendees' blog which I found through her article "Fish Wars"
Yours are the only blogs I visit regularly.

Your art adds a nice extra dimension to my day.

I've always felt a little funny lurking anonymously around other peoples blogs. So: Hi, I'm Norma. I live in Wyo. I'm an unpaid house drudge, or queen bee, or "Mom, will you take me to...?" depending on who you are talking to. Nice to "meet" you.

Wendee said...

Hi Norma - Thanks so much for saying "Hi".
[See guys? This might just work]
I'm glad you stop by and enjoy seeing what's going on here; I'll have to spend more time with my art. As much as enjoy doing it (sigh), I know everyone else enjoys getting to see it, just as much. The encouragement that I get from my small band of cheerleaders here is really quite special and meaningful, and I appreciate it.

The work you do is the most important; don't let anyone make you feel otherwise. Stop by Mr.MominFL's blog - you may enjoy his stories/rantings...

Thanks again. Don't worry about lurking; but if you do enjoy someone's blog, let 'em know. We'll save a cookie for ya' here, when the baking gets goin'... :)

Annie said...

Hi Wendee. I found you through Karen's blog about your Getty visit and really enjoy these new "visits" with you. And then I sliped over to the "other Wendee" that you mentioned. It made a touching and uplifting morning.
Thanks.
Annie

Wendee said...

Annie (and everyone still lurking) -
Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. Isn't Karen great at how consistent she is? And she paints so much, and does such great, fun, work and plays so much with technique. The past few weeks' worth of paintings have really been a joy to see.

Everyone that's starting to wonder - well, okay, yeah, it's been a long weekend away. I've got a few paintings and sketches from the weekend, though, and photos from the Getty Villa. I'll try to get to posting some of them tonight.

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello! (waves)

Sorry it took so long to post to this. What a great idea! I remember this gorgeous watercolor of yours - it holds a special place in my heart. I'm also amazed at how far flung fans of your blog are. But then, it's full of terrific art and interesting insights. Keep it up!

Wendee Holtcamp said...

ok i'll bite! hi wendee!! :) so tell me about that mysterious floating mango anyway... i have to laugh because i saw your replies to your comment posters and thought, wait a minute, did i post a comment here?? LOLOLOL.
- the OTHER Wendee :)

Wendee said...

It just looks like a humongous floating mango, doesn't it? I was trying to do a larger study and decided not to Photoshop it out.