A Decade of Digital Art

Do you buy into that idea of a little at a time, to build a lot — habits, not resolutions? I think I do, but some days, it doesn’t feel like much. Until I look at this site, with articles from 2010 onward. This. This site, here, this is my decade. Wow!

Misted: Digital collage © 2010 Liz Ruest
Misted: 2010

I started writing articles here at the same time that I switched to a digital process, a great fit for me. 2010 had everything from the first Twitter art call, to my first digital layers and show. Since then, I’ve printed on aluminum, under acrylic, and on wood and paper, or kept it digital and uploaded to various venues — redbubble is still going as my favorite print-on-demand site. 

For most of the decade, I was delighted to be associated with artEAST in Issaquah; though they didn’t make it into the 2020s, connections I made there have endured, from June Sekiguchi encouraging me to join them, to Becky Brooks and Jamie MacKay as my fellow musketeers, wrangling the artEAST education site into modern times, to my current critique/support group started by Britt Greenland.

While I had printmaking studio space in prior years, this decade was mostly about managing without it. Over time, parts of my house were dedicated to art practice: the countertops in the laundry room were conveniently close to a sink, and the furnace room’s cement floor was conducive to encaustic messes. I took on several projects, leading to my current collage process, which are now easy to keep up, now that I’m back in wonderful studio space in Ballard with the Bazaz sisters.

I don’t know where I’ll be at the end of another decade: Ballard is expanding, possibly to the detriment of the studio location, and the clock is ticking in other ways as well. (We’re all getting older, folks! In case you missed the message between the lines…) But I hope to keep making art in some form, now that I know I can truly make it anywhere. Here’s to creativity enriching our lives in the years to come!

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