Paintings and words by a true Maine-iac
I've come up with what I think is the perfect title for my blog.... "Diary of a Maine-iac Painter." I'm sure some think of me as a maniac anyway but the truth is, I am a Maine-iac...born and raised. So be it. It's done.
As I was pondering titles, Maine-iac Painter really struck a chord. So I did a Google search and found a pdf about Masrden Hartley. It was all about his decision to embrace his Maine heritage. The article is from the Colby Library Quarterly (Colby College, dated 1965) and entitled, "A MAINE-IAC IN SEARCH OF TRADITION" by Robert Merideth.
I've struggled with this, too, even though I've referred to myself online as a "Maine artist" for years. I have because I am; "branding" was never part of it. But I liked Hartley's words...
"He who finds will
to come home
will surely find old faith
made new again
and lavish welcome."
− Marsden Hartley, "Return of the Native" (1940)
This wasn't an easy decision to make. I've been thinking about it for quite a while and renaming a blog isn't easy. In my case it's not as difficult as it might be for some since the url and rss feed will remain the same. RSS subscribers should have no problems and my blog link is still http://kliewerstudio.com/blog.
Coming up with something that uniquely fits what I'm doing or want to do is/was difficult, however. But the more I kept seeing "I Wish to Speak to You," the staler it became. And the blog and my work in general have been going more in a "Maine" direction all the time...it's just been a natural progression. So this feels right to me.
A Maine-iac defined:
Maineiacs live in Maine and were born in Maine, preferably of Maineiac parents. There is an old saying, "If a cat had kittens in the oven, you wouldn't call them biscuits." Others are known as being from away, or worse, as summer complaints. These are NOT my words. People "from away" and "summer complaints" are more than welcome. :)
Google be damned, SEO has nothing to do with this change. I really don't care. It's about who I am and what I do...as it should be.