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Friday, November 29, 2013

Finding Your Tribe...the joy of the art community

'Fall Splendor'            12x18           pastel           ©Karen Margulis
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 It took me 42 years. But I found my tribe. Being a part of a community of artists is something I am very thankful for.  I am lucky to have family and friends who are not artists and they enrich my life tremendously. But no one else quite gets me like a fellow artist does. I have had this discussion with many of my artist friends. We all agree that often we are the oddballs in our family. Who else gets excited by the way the late afternoon light makes even a garbage can beautiful?  Who else understands the pleasure in spending hours looking at art supplies?  I could go on......

My artists friends get it.  It is an exclusive club but one that is very welcoming. I have met some of the most wonderful friends through my involvement with pastels. They inspire me. They motivate me. They make me laugh. From beginners to professional artists....we all get it.   I am privileged to be able to learn from the best artists and in turn to share with others.  I am grateful for this blogging platform and social media that allows me to connect with artists around the world.

So a special thank you to all of my artist friends....from my VIPS, my Art Spirit Friends, my wonderful teachers (you all know who you are)  to the friends around the world that I have met and thoseI have yet to meet in person....Thank you for sharing this journey with me.  I am proud to be a fellow artist and friend!

drawing for painting done with compressed charcoal
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more that a circle of friends who understand what fires us up is an inspiration in itself. When with our friends, we tend to do more because the people around us nurture our creativity. Someone is always asking "Have you thought about trying...?" which takes us down paths we might not have thought of on our own.

For me, one of the most helpful places to encounter people of like mind has been the local community college where I'm taking art classes. The learning comes from more than just the material presented in the class, it comes from the interactions with my peers. It's wonderful having friends who understand our drive.