A spinoff fruit of posting your own work on blogs and social media is all the other great art you discover. Because, well, you know, eye candy is distracting to visual people. And if you’re going to post images of your own work, you *have* to log into facebook, instagram, youtube, pinterest and all the other internet rabbit holes of diversion. And while you’re clicking towards the page where you’ll post your latest creation, there’s a bread crumb trail of lovelies from your friends, so you might stop to pin a few pretties, click a few likes, leave a comment here and there, eyeball a post they just shared, and detour to that page… and before you know it, 20 minutes have passed and you still haven’t posted your work. BUT, there’s a bright side to this digression in your schedule, and that is the exquisite exposure to new creators, makers and artisans.
I believe artists have an innate need to share; “There’s a beautiful flower! I think I’ll paint that flower. Here, look at this painting of a flower!” We’re in a hard crush with the conviction to render our world, in an attempt to distill and deliver beauty that’s sometimes overlooked. And in that same vein, I think it’s a Good Thing to share artists with other artists. Because it’s sharing, and Nana always said that’s important in life, and also, I admit that I think you’re keeping me company in this Russian Nesting doll of never-ending beauty-distraction would be swell. So, make yourself comfy, and I’ll brew us some tea.
The fourth installment of #linklove (where I share an artist making inspiring art each week) [see the first three here, here and here] features Ohio painter & printmaker Frank Hobbs. You can peruse an astoundingly wonderful selection of figurative monotypes on his Flickr pages here. There are also landscapes, and a variety of drawings on his pinterest boards. Feast your eyes, and be inspired. 🙂 Happy surfing. And if you have an artist whose work inspires you, please share a link in the comments. Thanks!