Thursday, October 5, 2017

Stay Connected

Another way to thrive as an artist, in the words of Nicholas Wilton, is to

3 Stay Connected
Your success, energetically, financially and even spiritually, is directly connected to those that support and follow your artistic journey. Never lose connection with those that express interest and resonate with what you are doing. Cherish them.


Yes, yes, yes! I do stay connected, I don’t lose connection with those who express interest and resonate with what I’m doing, and I do ferociously cherish them.

To wit, I first bumped into Simone Nijboer and her art two years ago online, and connecting with her changed my unfolding experience as an artist dramatically. A new friend! Someone with whom to talk art! 

She is a key player in my art life. We’ve had an almost daily blog-to-blog conversation in progress for two years now along with periodic personal email communication. It was Simone's art that, for the first time and to my complete astonishment, drew me to abstract art. I was mesmerized by what I saw in her work, and I was compelled to explore abstract painting myself. Life changing. Literally.

Simone was the direct spark that lit my speed-painting yesterday and today. And what joyful painting it was—I flipped to the blank side of what started its life as a professionally printed marketing postcard. I received it in the mail and transformed it in just minutes, minutes inspired by Simone's enduring belief in painting even if she has only the smallest snippet of time and limits her materials and scope.

We drink / one from the other / still
2.5x3.5"; acrylic, ink, pencil, and pastels on postcard stock,
mounted on card stock
abstract
2017
[gifted]

10 comments:

  1. Wilson really hits it On the spot! Connections are very important. Simone has really excellent work, simple and strong. Your piece has a happy feeling. Red and purple combination strong. Added pattern and line! Great gift!

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    1. Thanks, Carol! This piece was a gift to me as much as its intended recipient—it was just plain fun to paint and embellish. Glad its happiness shines through.

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  2. yes!!! Go Art Tribe! We need a band of fearless crusaders with us. Love this post, the painting and THAT TITLE! Brilliant!

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    1. Thanks for BEing in my art tribe, Jen! We do indeed need a band of fearless crusaders with us.

      This painting's title is the final line of a poem I wrote for/about my daughter. I considered posting the entire poem but didn't. Not sure why not.

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  3. I love Simone's work, and I am sure you are the one who introduced me to her :) Thank you for that :) I am just in awe Dotty, of how this holds my attention. I want to keep looking. And the lines... all the brilliant color, the bold shapes, the dynamic black, and those lines still hold their own. Love the story about the title Dotty ;)

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    1. Sheila, thanks for your warm feedback on this piece, such a lovely echo to my own feelings about both process and product with this one.

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  4. Great post! Question....did you 'meet' Simone in one of Jane Davies' on line classes - if so I think we might have all been in the same one and yes I do remember her work - amazing!! As is your's Dotty - so thankful for the day we connected and have enjoyed watching your artist's journey! Happy painting

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    1. Thanks, Janet, such fun to shine light on the sustaining nourishing art friendships I have. I met Simone through Leslie Saeta's September 2015 30-in-30 challenge, and I think you and I met through the January 2017 challenge. I've so enjoyed following your artist's journey, and the chance to grow from your sharing and art and thoughtful instructive feedback to my posts. Yay!

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  5. Hi Dotty, Thank you so much for all those wonderful words! I am in my return so grateful for our connection. You know I would be nowhere without your ongoing support!

    And thank you Janet, Sheila and Carol for your sweet comments!

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    1. Simone, you are welcome! You would NOT be 'nowhere' without my support but, for sure, we'd both be somewhere different without our ongoing conversation/support/encouragement/questions/feedback!

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