Happy Connections — the pleasures of art blogging[singlepic id=1307 w=220 h=140 float=left]
Hi – my name is Barbara Muir and I’m a Canadian artist.
I met Róisín through this blog, and we’ve become friends. She’s asked me to do a guest spot on her blog, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
Last night I was at an art show near Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada where I’m on vacation with my husband. The talk turned to nature versus the computer, and the sad state of affairs with little children addicted to Facebook and adults stuck on their iPhones and Blackberries all day and night. Not that I wouldn’t acknowledge that that’s true in part. But for artists there is no question that the internet, and in particular the world of blogging is a boon. I admit I was dragged into this a bit against my will at first.
I started a blog to be able to connect to my artist friend here in Pugwash, Norene Smiley, who wrote a short term blog in support of an art show she was organizing. But since my squeaky beginning I have met artists from aroundthe planet, and enjoyed their work tremendously. Artists can learn so much from reading each other’s blogs and seeing each other’s work.[singlepic id=1296 w=400 h=500 float=]
I can’t remember how I found Róisín, but I know that from the first time I opened her blog I was completely hooked on her work—her fresh use of surprising colour combinations, the verve and spontaneity of her images, the lush use of paint, and her joyous and sometimes humourous subject matter. I believe in painting from a happy life view, and in Róisín I knew I’d found a kindred spirit. What’s my point? — Through the blog I know that Róisín loves her seaside walks, and here I am walking beside the ocean in Canada thinking of her. When forest fires threatened my blog friend in Tucson, Arizona I felt the same worry I’d feel for someone I know in person in my home town of Toronto. I can easily follow a friend in France and see her lovely paintings as she travels around Europe.
So in fact the computer connects me and the other artists I know to more of the world—we care more about one another, and even know more about his beautiful sphere we live on.Have a connecting-to-friends-around-the-world day. And a big hello from Canada.