As hard as it gets being an artist, and for as many times as I've thought about quitting, something always keeps me coming back.
It could be an idea that just has to be expressed, or something beautiful that must be shared, or the thought that my keeping on helps keep (and start) others on. To inspire others is part of what an artist gives back to the world.
The bloggers at Arte y Pico (this is a Spanish language blog, so if you don't read Spanish, get your Internet translators ready) created the Arte y Pico Award to honor artists who create, design, and inspire regardless of language or culture. It's an international award for a global community of artist-bloggers, acknowledging that what we create helps make the world a finer place.
I have the honor of giving this award to five of my peers, and was myself awarded by Heather of Bad! Kitty Art Studio. Thank you!
Here are the rules for the Arte y Pico Award:
1) Award five blogs that contribute to the blogging community through creativity, design, and interesting material, regardless of language.
2) Name each of the five blog authors and provide a link to his or her blog.
3) Award recipients must show the Arte y Pico Award image and the name of the award-giving blog author, as well as the award-giving blog author's blog link.
4) Award recipients must provide a link to the Arte y Pico blog.
5) Award recipients must show these rules.
Here are my five choices for the Arte y Pico Award!
Michelle is a constant inspiration to me. She's crazy-talented and raises a family of three kids with her husband on top of making gorgeous art!
Deb is one of the most generous artists out there, with expressive artwork that celebrates freedom and creativity. Check out her YouTube videos!
Gail creates beautiful pieces through collage and altered art. Her work is dreamy and romantic, warm and soft like a sweet summer day.
Jessica is another talented painter and design queen! I love the liveliness and quirkiness of her art. Watching her paint through video is an added treat!
Baiko & JW
I feel such peace when I see Baiko and JW's ethereal photographs of their sublime ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement) sculptures. Go and see for yourself.