Welcome to the Tales of a Kitchen Witch Blog.
A few months ago I began a journey to try to find the creative spark I used to have. I tend to leave things laying around so it could be anywhere, but I’m pretty sure I left it behind in a maternity ward. I think I may have finally rediscovered that bit of myself. I’ve drawn, painted, sketched, and written more in the past month than I have in the last decade.
In mid-December, there was a heated debate on my facebook page regarding breastfeeding in public. Some of the comments were so ridiculous they were actually funny (in a sad, sad, not funny at all sort of way) and so I created a little doodle poking at the anti-NIP crowd. It was just a quick scribble, and I almost didn’t post it because I was a little embarrassed by its craptitude.
And then, two weeks later, it went VIRAL. Something every blogger dreams of- and I’ve been lucky enough to have it happen to several of my posts. (And dream of it happening more… The more exposure I get, the better for my book writing dreams!) The only hitch in the awesomeness of the cartoon going viral?
1.) It wasn’t a great example of my work.
2.) I forgot to sign it.
Yeah. At last count, that cartoon has been shared upwards of 3000 times and my name isn’t on it! I don’t really mind that I wasn’t given credit- it’s just a doodle! But boy was I kicking myself at the lost opportunity to advertise my blog! I immediately posted something on my facebook page, and my wonderful readers instantly started circulating a new image with my blog name slapped on it.
The traffic that doodle generated was fantastic and it has been fun to see something I drew on the blogs and facebook pages of complete strangers. And then my friend Marybeth showed me something that made my day:
You know, most artists dream of the day that people will look at their work and pick apart what the artist was thinking when they chose a particular subject or color. It’s just my luck that for me it is over a hastily drawn doodle! How hilarious is this? I have no idea what’s in her cup, maybe it’s an organic green smoothie. Maybe it’s a freakin ice coffee! Who knows? I wanted to draw a book in her hand, but it was just not working, so I stuck a cup in there instead. There was no hidden meaning behind it.
The whole experience has been highly entertaining. I think I will be doing more “AP” themed cartoons, maybe even a weekly funny. I’ve been jotting down ideas all weekend and I have a couple of good ones queued up already!