Studio time this weekend was spent finishing the clear out I started last week, and preparing for the local Christmas Fair next weekend. We’ll be joining the Old School Studio team with the Running With Brushes collection and some of my small watercolours. The results of the weekend’s studio time were quite satisfying – three small watercolours mounted and ready to take to the exhibition next weekend and a couple of Running With Brushes paintings completed (something I haven’t done for a while).
Last year I started my own personal Advent challenge at the beginning of December. I aimed to do a new painting every day and post it on my blog. That was a pretty tall order given my usual workload, and at Christmas it was probably even less likely to be completed. That said, I did manage to do more than half the 24 days. It was a good discipline and a lot of fun to do.
Over the past year I’ve had a few conversations with people about the idea of sharing the pages and images of other artist’s work on social media. By this I mean sharing with full credit and the intention of introducing that artist to your friends and followers. I think art is to be shared. If I enjoy someone’s work, I love sharing it with people who follow my blog or social media posts. So this is my Advent Challenge for 2013:
From 1st December to 24th December I will publish a blog post about the page of an artist I follow. That’s 24 artists to be discovered via my blog during advent. And that’s my challenge to my readers. Join in and share the websites and Facebook pages of some of the people whose artwork you admire. Christmas is a time for sharing so lets spread a bit of that sharing spirit around the art community and show our appreciation of the work of some of the artists we admire. If you want to take part (and I really hope you do), here’s what to do:
– Add your name and URL to the Inlinkz link at the bottom of this page – that’s sharing your blog as a start. You don’t have to post every day – just as often as you can.
– You don’t have to be an artist yourself to join in – and you can share the webpages of any creative people (artists, crafters, photographers…)
– Every day from 1st December, once you’ve published your blog post, add a link to your post to the Inlinkz link on that day’s post on my blog. It’s really easy, and you’ll be getting more visits to your website at the same time as doing something good for another artist.
– A few thoughts on your posts: You don’t have to post a photograph done by the artist whose page you are sharing – you’re welcome to write a post about your work as usual, and add the introduction in as an extra paragraph on your post with the heading, Advent Challenge. Or you can simply publish a post about the artist whose website you want to share. We’re all busy in December so my suggestion would be to just keep it short and simple. Let us know the name of the artist, their website (with a link) and why you love their work or their website. Two of three sentences is all it takes. I’ve already got the first few of mine lined up.
I’m really looking forward to discovering some fabulous new artist in the next couple of weeks. Hope you decide to join in, and let your fellow artists know. The more shares, the more merrier.
(I’ll be posting two links each day – one for the artist I’m sharing on my blog and one for the Running With Brushes artist I’ll be featuring on the RWB blog)