Sunday, January 13, 2008

Comments about Comments

Of the many pleasures of blogging, one highlight has definitely been "meeting" so many creative, generous, and like-minded people. There is truly a spirit of community and a sense of camaraderie that exists in this cyber world. Part of this connection is created through the unique conversation of comments. As every blogger knows, getting comments is always special. I definitely appreciate the fact that not only do people chose to visit my blog but that some visitors take the time to leave comments that are so supportive, encouraging, and informative. The feedback I get from everyone is so inspiring and it lets me know that what I am creating is valued by others. And I love to leave comments as well, partly because I feel the need to express my thoughts when I read a post or see a piece of art that touches me and partly because I know how valuable comments are to each blogger.

The generosity of this community is evident in a blog interaction I recently had. I had just discovered the work of David Castle and his blog. He works with watermedia and creates amazing abstract work that is inspired by the mountains and urban terrain of both Colorado and the places he has traveled to. I was really taken by the beautiful colors he uses and the composition of his paintings. I had left a comment about one of his pieces, Peace on Earth, which I particularly liked. In response, David made the amazingly generous offer of sending the painting to me. He said that he wanted to "share the peace" with someone who left a comment and I was the lucky recipient. The work is pictured here and the colors of this painting are even richer in person.

Thanks David. And thanks to everyone who visits The Altered Page and in doing so, leaves a little bit of their own spirit and energy on these pages.

8 comments:

susanna said...

You're right - this blogosphere is a special place filled with really creative, wonderful people. How lucky are you to receive a painting from someone whose work you admire! Yay!

notmassproduced said...

Wow! That is so wonderful. I'm new to blogging but have had a little wander around blogland and found lots of inspirational creative people. I'm hooked! It's great to be reminded that such generosity exists in today's world. I've had a mooch around your blog and I love all your work and the links to other artists. It's great to find out first hand about things happening in New York. Keep it coming and thank you!

azirca said...

I agree with you about the connection of artists via their comments. I have met some wonderful, talented artists via the blogging community, if it wasn't for my internet connection I would never have had the opportunity to do so. I am constantly amazed at the generosity shown by artists in the blogosphere world. I love that feel good vibe.

What a lovely artwork that you received, the piece is so serene and calming.

Teresa said...

This is fantastic - what a lovely gesture and what an amazing piece of art!

bockel24 said...

Congrats, this is a lovely piece indeed! And you´re totally right with what you´ve said about comments - they enable us to meet people and stay in contact; I´ve met some dear friends this way!

2 said...

Heh Seth,
Just had to cast my vote for the random acts of kindness that are commonplace in 'our' community. Thank you for addressing this. It's I've been part of the www for about 18 years now ! I know! I can't believe it myself. Lots of people hadn't even heard of phrases like "the web", or email... I've made so many friends and in a way it served to reinforce my belief that we truly are all a part of each other....and the potential for us to reach a critical mass via the collective consciousness does exist. And thank you David for your kindness. Great karma man!

Gillian McMurray said...

How lucky you are. It's a beautiful piece.

Maralena (AKA: mcdc3s) said...

I am indeed glad to have found your blog (though not surprised as we share like friends already)... and am looking forward to viewing and commenting - and hope you will feel free to do the same!

I love the painting!
How kind.