What I love most about the internet is getting in touch with people. As a teenager, I used to spend my pocket money on postal stamps and envelopes and paper, so I could write long letters to my penpals all over the world. I lost touch with most of them (though my Norwegian penpal got in touch with my through Facebook the other day!) but the feeling of connecting with people all over the world, learning about their lives, getting inspired by what they do, that is still very much alive on the internet.
If it had not been for the internet, and sites like Flickr and YoutubeI doubt my creative side would have developed at all. I was a words kind of girl. I was always writing. I looked at pretty pictures every now and again, thinking how great it would be if I could do that too, but I never really tried, because, to be honest, I didn't think I had any talent and why waste my time.
For the last 3 yrs or so I have been art journaling (something I would have never thought of if it hadn't been for the internet!) and been inspired by so many people, through Flickr, Youtube and more recently ArtJournaling.Ning. One of those people is Connie from Dirty Footprints Studio, who this week has put up some amazing videos on Youtube, where she is doing what she's calling FEARLESS painting.
Last night I decided to give it a shot.
I had no idea where I was going with it, I just started with a few shapes and connected them and all of a sudden there was this little creature. I used colours I would not normally use, like yellow and a shade of green I don't particularly like, and just went with it. It was well and truly FEARLESS. And then, when I was finally happy with the result, I added the black outlines to finish it off.
Thank you Connie for being such an inspiration!
And the most amazing part?? Just as I was writing this, Connie posted a BIG announcement on her blog. She'll be hosting a new online art workshop, in which she'll teach you how to paint BIG, even if you have limited space. How cool is that??