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A is for Art: 10 Amazing Art Blogs and Websites

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A is for Art: 10 Amazing Art Blogs and Websites

It’s April, time for the A to Z Blog Challenge. Each day in April, Monday-Saturday, I will post an article about something that starts with the letter of the day. I plan to stick with ARHtistic License’s theme of the arts and the creative process. Today I’d like to tell you about my favorite Art blogs:

  • Artiscoveries. Judith began blogging about learning to make art in 2015, and I discovered her blog soon afterward. As a person who loves art and would like to be more proficient at it myself, I follow Judith with interest, and delight in seeing her grow.
  • The Frugal Crafter. Lindsey Weirich posts great tutorial videos on her blog and her YouTube channel. She explains her process clearly. (Plus, she’s adorable.)
  • Inkygirl. Way back in the 1990s when the internet was new, I subscribed to Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s email newsletter. It seems to me that it was mostly about writing in those days. Debbie is now an accomplished children’s illustrator as well as author, and I love to visit her website and blog to get a dose of inspiration.
  • Colossol. If you follow my Friday Creative Juice feature, you’re already familiar with this compendium of artistic stuff.
  • Nathalie’s Studio. Nathalie Kalbach is a mixed media artist and instructor. I’m obsessed with the tessellating stamps she designs. I often feature her “Strolls in the Hood,” her museum visits, and her journal pages in Creative Juice.
  • Joy of Museums. This vast website offers virtual tours of museums all over the world. It also can help you zero in on works of particular artists, or certain genres, and even includes in-depth discussions of individual works. Many art history rabbit trails to follow.
  • My Modern Met. Although this website covers topics of science, history, technology, nature, and travel, it also features many artists in diverse genres like embroidery, photography, dioramas, makeup art, architecture, painting, sculpture, and graphic design. These articles often make their way into Creative Juice, too.
  • Artangleology. I first discovered Alice Hendon through one of her earlier blogs. She’s a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher), and that’s what first attracted me to her work; but she works in other media as well. (She is dealing with serious illness right now, and posting less frequently than she used to. Send up a prayer for her.)
  • The Art Dive. I am a subscriber to this blog by Mira Tudor, and I recently realized there have been no new posts since last October, and I have no idea why. I always mourn when a good blog gets abandoned; I pray nothing bad has happened to the author. Anyway, it’s still up, and there are many good articles about artists and works of art.
  • Brooklyn Street Art. This blog is new to me, but I can tell it’s going to become one of my favorites. It’s not just murals and street art, but also paintings done in the style of street art.

Now it’s your turn. Do you know a wonderful art blog that I haven’t mentioned? (I hope I haven’t forgotten any.) Or do you blog about art? Please leave a link in the comments below.

11 Things to Do When You Have Nothing to Do

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Sometimes I have a hard time thinking of a topic for my next blog post, so I spend a lot of time googling “blogging ideas.” I was reading this list of prompts when #360 struck my fancy: “Write a list of 10 things that can be done to stave off boredom.” Now, mind you, I can’t remember the last time I was bored. You’re bored when you have nothing to engage you. I’m too busy to be bored. So I fantasized  about what I would do if I had free time.*

  1. Read the books in your TBR pile. (If you’re not a bookaholic, you might not know that TBR means To Be Read.)
  2. Go somewhere fun to people-watch—a park, the mall (do people still go to malls?), a coffee shop, a bench downtown.
  3. Take a day trip to that nearby tourist trap you’ve never been to, or a museum, or a zoo, or a botanical garden, or a cathedral.
  4. Go on a hike, or on a walk around a neighborhood you’ve never been to. (Use your best judgment—in some towns, an unknown neighborhood is not a safe place to stroll.)
  5. See if you can find 20 things to photograph in your home, your backyard, or your apartment complex. Choose your artsiest photo, get it printed out as an 8 x 10, frame it and hang it on your wall (or give it as a gift).
  6. Doodle.
  7. If you’re a writer, daydream and/or brainstorm ideas. (If you’re a blogger, make up a list of prompts and send them to me! Help! Or post it on your blog, and give us a link in the comments.)
  8. If you have CDs or records, look through them for ones you haven’t heard in a long time, and listen to them.
  9. Dig out your old clarinet, or accordion, or whatever instrument is under your bed gathering dust, and play it.
  10. Remember that needlepoint kit/ model car kit/ macramé project/ fancy recipe you were going to make? Work on that.
  11. Write a snail mail letter to a person you know who would appreciate it. (Hint: choose an older person, someone who thinks Facebook is newfangled.)

*You can also do any of these things when you’re bored.

Guest Post: The Things That Make Life Beautiful, by Katie of The Grief Reality

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Thank you to Katie of The Grief Reality for permission to repost this wonderful article of beauty and joy.

  1. A morning cup of coffee, just the way you like it.
  2. Long autumnal walks with leaves that crunch under your wellies.
  3. All of the music that your favourite bands are yet to release.
  4. The concerts you are yet to attend.
  5. Walks along the coast that are so windy the breath is taken right out of you.
  6. When you come across a little cafe that sells gluten free baked goods! 
  7. Barbecues that go on late into the night until the flames have died down to orange glowing embers.
  8. The feeling after a long laugh.
  9. Weekends away in cosy cabins.

To continue reading this article, click here.

Post-Pandemic Bucket List

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face mask; hand sanitizer; pandemic; Covid-19

If the pandemic ended tomorrow, what would you do?

Jump for joy! Celebrate! Hug all my friends! Hug all my enemies! (Would anyone even have an enemy in a pandemic-free world? With all that happiness? Not likely.) But seriously, we’ve all missed out on so many things we were looking forward to. Maybe we should make lists and prioritize.

Here are some of the things I will want to do:

  • Help my daughter plan her wedding. Her boyfriend proposed a year ago, and the plan was to be married by now. But Covid.
  • Travel. But first my hubby needs to get stronger. (We were supposed to go to my fifty-year high school reunion in New Jersey this past August, but Covid.) Maybe Singapore, even if we don’t leave the airport. (You saw this yesterday if you follow my Creative Juice. If you don’t, why not?)
  • Have a dinner party. We didn’t do a family Thanksgiving dinner. I don’t know what we’ll do for Christmas. But I’d love to have a big blast when the pandemic’s over.
  • Go to a writer’s conference. It’s been ages since I’ve been to one.
  • Go on a writer’s retreat. I actually dreamt about that this week. I need some undisturbed writing time.
  • Rejoin all my activities that got canceled. Like church choir and handbell choir, the Piecemakers quilting ministry, and Phoenix International Folk Dancers.
  • See all my friends whom I’ve only seen on Facetime and Zoom for so long.
  • Get a mani pedi.
  • Go to the movies.
  • Go out for dinner.
  • Go to the library.
  • Retail therapy. At a physical store. Trying on clothes.
  • Go hiking. I could probably do that now. The parks were closed for a while. A couple of weeks ago I drove to South Mountain Park, and the entire parking lot was packed. Duh—I went on a Sunday. I should have known better. So much for social distancing. I left and walked around the neighborhood instead.

Now it’s your turn. What are you looking forward to doing when there are no longer any restrictions? Share in the comments below.