Sharing creativity makes us all better artists.

 

Sally Burke's Rainbow Lorikeet
Sally Burke's Parrot - January 21, 2018. (First guest artist)

Sharing creative work whether we are painting, sculpting, writing, photographing...you get the idea...is one of the pleasures of social media networking.

Recently, I was asked permission from someone who wanted to share my work on Facebook, and it made me stop and think. I wondered why more people don't share the work of artists on their own Facebook profile or artist page.

From 2018 to 2021, I regularly shared the work (with permission, of course) of over 75 artists and creatives from around the world, right here, on my website and also on Facebook. Why?

I think that sharing is just a natural thing to do if I want to learn from other artists. In addition, it is encouragement for people who suffer from insecurities related to their own art. Over the years, I have found out that most artists start out the same way...doubting themselves and their work. Sharing work helps each of us move forward and improves our practice.

(This post was previously published.)

Sharing our creativity allows others to participate in the creative experience.

Doesn't that make us all better artists/ better creatives?

In sharing our own work, we  are encouraging others to wonder about how we got to the finish line with the art work, what methods we used, why certain colour combinations work so well together, how some bold strokes add a dash of excitement to the creation, it can be the beginning of an interesting dialogue, and…the same holds true when we share other creatives' work.

In turn, you yourself begin to look back on your process perhaps with new eyes, seeing what others see. You think of innovative ways to express yourself in the next creation.

Slowly, any insecurities are diminished and then disappear. Learning from other artists takes nothing away from our own practice. In fact, I think in sharing, we nurture the desire to better ourselves.

Creatives from the 2021 collection of guest artists.

Most certainly, sharing art with others forces the artist to think about the painting and what was being expressed through the brushstrokes, the textures, the collaged elements placed just so, the palette…

Sharing creativity no matter the form it takes, whether it is photography, making jewellery, quilting, writing...inspires all of us to wonder what could be if we tried to be a bit more creative ourselves.

Without a doubt, we also appreciate the beauty of creativity and imagination in others.

 

My mission in curating the work of creatives from around the world is to celebrate the original work of all, whether it is pottery, photography, jewellery, or any other form of self-expression, with my readers and followers.

Common threads among artists.

Many of us have set creativity aside for careers, and for raising a family. This has been quite obvious in the stories that so many of the guest artists have shared with my readers.

However, another common thread is that we are often our own harshest judges thinking our art is not authentic, not good enough, and believing all the negative statements our inner voice keeps expressing...

Sharing different experiences from around the world.

So it is refreshing to see creativity in all its forms. While some artists who have been featured on my website are seasoned online teachers, many others have recently returned to their first passion from childhood.

Creatives from around the world (USA, Argentina, France, Canada, Korea, India, Great Britain...) have shared their creative experiences. Many featured artists have sold their work or have received commissions in their communities.

And yet other artists and creatives are published authors.

A desire to learn, to improve motivates most artists.

First and foremost, what we all have in common is the desire to learn and improve no matter what our creative outlets might be.

We push ourselves to try new techniques, we think outside the box, and we often ask WHAT IF?

Sometimes we succeed, often we don’t.

BUT something else we all have in common is that we keep trying.

Visit my Guest Artist tab under BLOG to see all artists who have appeared on my website since 2018.

Choose the ones that speak to you and find them online, on Facebook or Instagram and follow them. It is my hope that you will gain new insights as well as followers (I do know that it has happened for many of the artists I have published) or new students if you teach online.

Contact me about appearing as a creative on my website. I may decide to resurrect this feature in 2023 if there is sufficient interest. I never charge a fee for this feature article.

And...don't forget to encourage other creatives by leaving comments, by sharing their work, and if you so wish, by purchasing their work or their classes.

Cheers!

12 Responses

  • Oh, my…it is as if I’ve walked into a tremendously creative international art exhibit! So many talented artists & artworks to enjoy – in one place! Thanks for sharing, Louise ~ have a great new week 🙂

    • I really enjoyed curating the art in various mediums for so many creatives over the years. It was a lot of work though as I often had to crop and adjust photos, and then edit and revise texts. I needed a break. But it was a wonderful way to meet so many gifted and hard working creatives from around the world. Thanks Phil.

  • Thank you so much for sharing my artist book again!! It is fun to read what other artists share on your blog – and fun to share too. Thank you Louise for providing a forum for us. I think a vibrant artistic life is created when we all share and support one another! ❤

    • Thanks Sue. While our art differs, I think there are many common threads running through many artists’ stories. Have a great weekend.

      • So true what you say!! The creative process is the same whether you work in oils, acrylic or fingerpaints. I also see similarities between the visual art creative process and the writing process… oh, I just think the creativity, aka the process of thinking new thoughts, is the same no matter what techniques or languages or methods are used.

  • Thank you for re sharing my parrot Louise, and thank you so much for sharing so many other talented artists work, no doubt many of them I would never have discovered without your input. It is always a joy reading your posts/blogs. 😘

    • I was so pleased when you accepted to appear as my first guest artist. Your parrots are gorgeous as is all of the work you have done since then. You are such a versatile artist and I appreciate that you like to try new mediums, new subject matter. Thank you dear Sally, for being a faithful reader of my blog posts and for taking the time to send comments and feedback my way. When I often think that no one reads my posts, I always know that on the other side of the pond, I have you! Hugs!

  • This was really well written and insightful! I haven’t considered some of these aspects, and am happy to have read this!

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