Douglas Moorezart is an exceptionally generous artist and blogger and I’m so thrilled that he nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. As a relative newbie to WordPress, this is such a significant honor. Unlike Douglas, I’m a less than consistent blogger and have actually been “off” schedule for several months following hip replacement surgery. But I’ve no excuse now – so here goes. These are the steps I’m required to follow in accepting this award.
1. Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you. So Douglas thank you, thank you. (Douglas can be found here!) http://moorezart.wordpress.com/
2. List the rules and display the award.This lengthy post does just that. :)
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
a. I’m 68 years old and only came back to poetry and art after a 30+ year hiatus
b. I’m brand new to both photography and digital painting – having taken up the first to add color to my poetry, and the second just in the past two years because I like the challenge of learning something new all the time.
c. I’m completely self-taught as an artist and have no formal art school training.
d. I have a passionate love for the sea and all things related though I do not live anywhere close to it.
e. My favorite painters are from the Dutch School – particularly Vermeer.
f. I’ve always been passionate about justice and have fought for it on many fronts my entire life. The subject of social justice was the core of my high school teaching career.
g. I paint to express what I think is beautiful or to confront personal challenges in a sometimes ugly world.
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. (This may be the hardest part for me as I am not sure that I follow 15 blogs religiously!)
1. Jo Ann Tomaselli – Visual & Verbal Reflections: Jo Ann makes me into a voyeur of sorts…perhaps that’s not the right word but I get to join her travels vicariously as she shares her amazing photography with all of us. A good friend…an amazing photographer! http://joanntomaselli.wordpress.com/
2. Outside the Nest – Bruce and Tracy Levinson – a couple of empty-nesters share their insights into how to recommit and re-invigorate a relationship just at a time that it might be in danger of losing the freshness that kept love alive for 20 years. Delightful stories, advice, travel tips, romantic challenges…an honest, forthright and at the same time humorous look at reinvesting in each other. http://www.outsidethenest.net/blog/
3. Christian Churches – though I do not focus a great many of my paintings on this particular subject, Geordie Gardner has created a series of Christian blogs that display the beautiful spiritual and religious artworks from artists around the world. I feel privileged to have been one of them. http://christian-artworks.blogspot.co.uk/
4. Watermelon Snaps – stories from the brilliantly talented writer, Lisa Jewell. Lisa has a way of making you remember, making you think and feel things about your own life you might not even have realized. Incredibly touching and relatable characters you will fall in love with and simply be drawn to return time and again. http://watermelonsnaps.blogspot.com/
5. Marc and Angel Hack Life – very practical tips for productive living. Inspiring writing and guidelines for living a happy and fulfilling life. http://www.marcandangel.com/
6. Brain Pickings – Maria Popova, author of this amazing blog, describes her blog this way…”The core ethos behind Brain Pickings is that creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources — knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and all the fragments populating our minds — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways. In order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new ideas.” It just might be the most thoughtful, intelligent, well-written blog out there. In essence, brain pickings is what it says – an opportunity to pick the brains of some of the most brilliant writers and thinkers of our times. http://www.brainpickings.org/
7. Holly Goes Lightly – by the amazingly gifted Australian Writer, Holly Ringland. I met her as a poet, short story writer and was completely enchanted instantly. Now finishing up an advanced degree on scholarship from Manchester University UK, Holly writes a journal style newsletter and phenomenal blog at http://www.hollyringland.com/
8. Positive Outlooks – short and sweet, generally designed as memes to post to Facebook, this blog is often the highlight of my day or the inspiration for my own deeper thoughts. We’ve all heard a lot about the benefits of positive thinking – this lovely blog will help you keep those in mind. http://positiveoutlooksblog.com/
9. Priya Ghose Photography – the exceptional photography of Priya Ghose who describes herself as “plantaholic, insect stalker, fish wrangler, golden hour appreciator, urban exploration adventurer and waterlily lover.” You will come to appreciate the natural world like never before. http://priyaghosephotography.wordpress.com/
10. Jordan Blackstone – Jordan has her fingers in many pies but periodically blogs for the Huffington Post about life and art in addition to maintaining her online presence on Facebook and her art gallery at Fine Art America and Crated.com. A talented digital artist and photographer, it’s hard to figure out how Jordan finds time for all she does! https://imaginethatjbphotography.wordpress.com
11. Sharon Cummings – saved one of the best for last. I don’t think I’ve missed very many of Sharon’s blogs since I started following her. Her abstract art pieces and unique Stoned Rock paintings have opened my eyes to totally different genres than my own. One of the most successful contemporary artists of my acquaintance, Sharon’s dedication to her craft and generous support of other artists sets her apart from all the “wannabes”. Visit her work on Fine Art America, Pinterest, Facebook and enjoy her wonderful insights on Abstract Art by Sharon Cummings at http://sharoncummings.wordpress.com/
Now – I warned you that I didn’t think I actually followed 15 blogs and it turns out that I don’t – or at least I can’t think of 5 more right off hand. Quite a number of blogs I follow are political in nature and this doesn’t seem the place for those but I’ll return to add four more in a later edit.
Now the fifth step for you to follow is to post your award – if you accept it – on your own blog – and follow me if you’re so inclined. Positively not necessary however…I still think each of you is just exceptional at what you do and am inspired each time I go to your blogs.