What is a Digital Artist?
23 Wednesday Nov 2011
I halfway understand that to be a writer or an artist of any kind means I have to roll up my sleeves and do the work.
The other half of understanding this is knowing the real work is actually found in living, in engaging in my daily routines, in things like gardening or simply playing with my dog.
I have to roll up my sleeves and show up to write, but I have nothing to share if I am not first fully engaged in living, noticing and listening.
Being a Digital Artist does not tether me to the internet. It is actually the opposite. It is found in the ability to disconnect from the feedback, approval and the constant monitoring of my online presence.
I have to write for the sake of writing. I have to live for the sake of living, not for approval or applause. This freedom has given me back my lens of noticing and just listening.
For me, life is about living simply without becoming austere. What can I give away? What do I really need to live happily? And what is it that makes me happy?
What can I notice today and what are these things telling me? Why are they significant enough to be held in my memory?
Today I noticed the leaves in the birdbath
How everything looks polished in November blue skies -
This past weekend I noticed the grass in the marsh
I should pick up more shells -
Collect more rocks
Throw them back -
Take more pictures -
Garden more -
Write more poetry…
Sharing these things online is what makes digital artistry so enjoyable to me. But the irony is that in order to get it – I first had to disengage from the addiction to approval that the internet gave me.
My digital space is like a scrapbook of poetry, photography, tiny lessons I have learned in the garden and wrinkled letters smelling of cedar trees. I find myself intrigued by others who are offering the same; simply living their lives and sharing the things they notice.
All of these things we do online; finding our niche’, our market, our readers, they simply come down to celebrating our lives. Not just the good moments, but also the vulnerability, the bad, the frustrations, the changes. When you share you find you are not alone and your readers show up.
Here is a short list of other digital artists I am currently following:
You might enjoy their beautiful photography, their short bursts of inspiration, their vulnerability and writing that cuts truth into juicy halves big enough to share.
Horse Dancing / Paula Josa-Jones – She asks the questions that get me writing.
A Big Creative Yes / Dan Goodwin – Dan is a creative coach. I recently connected with him on Google+.
Rhayne-A Map of My Planet - really inspiring photography and insight!
The Good Eye Project / Robin Anderson – more great photography and insightful posts!
Lauren Rushing’s Flickr Stream – This is a new flickr stream Dan Goodwin introduced me to. Really amazing!
They teach without teaching and lead without the need for followers by simply living and being brave enough to share their lives.
They lean into uncertainty, vulnerability and fear everyday and I honor them for that.
Who are the Digital Artists that inspire you the most?
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