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I post daily (photos of my journal pages, things that inspire me and personal bits and pieces) to inspire and encourage others. I have always believed that if I can do it, so can you.

You'll find resources (my favorite supplies, books, slideshows of my art journal pages, favorite bloggers, etc...) listed along the right hand side of my blog.

I've been teaching both in person and online workshops for more than twenty years. You can find out more about my classes by scrolling down along the right hand side of my blog. I strive to make classes accessible to everyone (both beginner to advanced).

I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

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Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, July 15, 2013

Why Do We Share?

This page was created on May 17th and has NOTHING to do with what I'm writing about here

Art is extremely subjective but art journaling especially so, in my humble opinion.

Art becomes especially more subjective and even more interesting when you bring the internet into the picture. So many of us are sharing and trying to reach out with our artwork. Sometimes we get frustrated because we don't get comments, feedback or enough "likes" or "retweets". We have to stop and think: is this really what it's all about? It's natural to want a response and be liked yet at the same time does it really matter what someone else says about your personal artwork? 

I know there are artists who teach, sell, etc... and it matters to them but in all honesty, I make art for me. Even with my classes. I have to love and want to teach what I am offering or else it shows in my teaching, just like it shows in my artwork. I make art because I have to and I make it for ME. 

I know what I do doesn't appeal to everyone (I've had my work called a gamut of different things and some of it is far from positive.) Yet, I post my work not for likes or comments but to encourage others. I also post my work because I like having a record of it. I like to be able to see how my work changes overtime with the click of a button. I'm not fishing for compliments or likes though they are always appreciated but in the end, whether or not you like something I created isn't what's most important to me. I know that each of us is very different but perhaps, this is something to think about.


Debby said...

I like when people share their work. It usually makes me want to go and create something if I have the time. I just need to make that time each day.

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Thank goodness we're all different! Thank goodness we share!!

Mary Meyer said...

I do not know what horrid thing anyone might have said, but yours is my favorite blog to read. Your style is really quite different from mine, but I still receive a lot of inspiration from your work, your love of trying new things, your love of pens and other goodies. I know if we actually knew each other we would have a great time together. Also, I am totally envious of your going to Comicon. By the way, have you ever considered going to FaerieWorlds?

Emie58 said...

I think that's why you're so prolific in your work... you're doing it for yourself! I think more often than not people get hung up when they are making art that other people will see. It's their internal critic talking.

Aloquin said...

WOW. So, I'm sitting here, reading your blog like I do everyday, and I'm thinking... what she's writing here is very in tune with a question I posted to a group I'm part of. Upon reading more, I find it's the same comment that was posted in reply to my question! I never put 2 and 2 together and realized you're a part of DY too!!! A wonderful discovery :) :) :)

Desert Mermaid said...

wondering what the 'gamut' consists of, but more so who the 'callers' were ... interesting that anyone would take it upon themselves to label another ... but of course it happens all the time.

Kim Reed said...

This is the very reason why I post my YouTube videos. And I must admit that I was one of those people who initially did not "get" your work, but I've since become obsessed with the way you journal. Would LOVE to see you teach here in Florida's gulf coast, but like everywhere else our stores in this area have all closed up shop.

Roseann Cazares said...

I LOVE this post, Kelly! Since you are my ONLY follower, it's easy; I don't have to lament over comments! Have a safe, fun, and artistic trip. Let's try to catch up when you get back. xoxo