Monday, January 14, 2013

Inspirational Blogs

I am very honored to be considered a Very Inspiring Blogger by my good friend Erin from art-is-try and Artistry Studio. I met Erin more than four years ago, and I have been amazed at her journey from middle school art teacher to thriving artist. I am often jealous the she has been able to make a permanent exit from teaching public school - an exit that I would like to achieve someday soon. I am still humbled to be part of her journey.

As for my own rundown of inspirational blogs, I don't spend much time online line gleaning inspiration, and I stick only to a handful of tried and true blogs and websites. These are my top three.

Erin of art-is-try would be first on the list. I guess we're part of the mutual admiration club, but when I look at her stuff, I am completely blown away by what she does. And she does so much. She creates beautiful journals, amazing encaustics, rich journal pages, and amazing photos. She is so thoughtful with her comments and feedback, and she has been a great artistic accomplice always encouraging and nudging.

Steve of Go Flying Turtle would have to be next. I have known Steve since we were freshmen in college more than 21 years ago. Although Steve has stepped away from the land of blogs and such, his blogs are packed with years of old posts. Steve loves to draw from nature especially using his own photos as reference, but you'll find all types of artistic adventures on his blogs and website - mixed media, acrylic paint, photography, and comic art. And that's not to mention his reviews of music. His Splotch monsters are a delight, and here's hoping that Steve comes back to blogger-land some time soon.

Author Patti Digh would have to round out my top three. I have three of her books, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet her three years ago when she gave a reading in Cullowhee, NC. I enjoy her website and the blog that she shares with two friends, 3x3x365. Patti's words are always inspirational, and she really makes her reader's think. She often shares the work of her Verbtribe workshop participants and full-heartedly believes that anyone can write. On 3x3x365, she and two others share a photo a day everyday of the year accompanying their photos with poignant words. I want to be Patti Digh when I grow up.

I wish that I had a longer list of inspirational blogs. I just don't get around the ol' Internet like I used to. You can always check out my list on the sidebar for a few other blogs and websites of note.

Thanks so much to Erin for making feel appreciated, and thank you to everyone who visits and lingers a while. I hope that my blog can continue to be an inspiration. Now if I can just get back in the groove of regular posts.

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