Welcome to the fourth edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. Nearly 150 artists have answered a list of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented as a series of online and print projects. Links to the first three projects (Secret Sunday, The Book Guild, and StudioScapes) can be found on the sidebar of my blog.
Viewer's Choice is the fourth installment. All artists participating in The Pulse were asked to name their favorite from a number of categories. Today's top favorite: blogs. Drum roll please...
Part III - top 11 blogs
#11-7 (tied with an equal number of votes):
Spirit Cloth - 'I love Jude Hill's commentary on her work, the whys and hows. Brings me a sense of peace and also stimulates new ideas.'
DJ Pettitt - Painter, journaler, photographer, teacher, and blogger.
HCIT - 'Michelle Ward's blog is still one of my favorite art blogs. Her crusades challenge us to try new things and connect artists.
textures shapes and colors - 'I love Leslie Avon Miller's work. There is something so life giving and inspiring about what she writes. She has great quotes and links too. What more could you ask for?'
heART and LIFE - 'Lynne Hoppe is such an amazing and inspiring woman, both in the way she writes, shares her life as well as her art. I’m just in love with her expressive faces and the overall wackiness of her art.'
Notes from the Voodoo cafe - Art, writing, & the creative life from artist and author Rice Freeman-Zachery.'
#5-4 (tied with an equal number of votes):
The Land of Lost Luggage - I enjoy stopping by and seeing Julie Prichard's prophetic images and personal stories which inspire me to travel vicariously. I’ve taken some painting and journaling classes from Julie and she’s simply one awesome teacher.
Red Velvet and Visual Anthologies - 'I love Judy Wilkenfeld, both her Red Velvet and Visual Anthologies blogs. Apart from being such a kind and generous person with everything, she is for me the most inspirational artist I have come across. Everything she does is touching and inspired. She has a gift for story telling through her art. She has truly raised altered art to a higher standard.'
Teesha Moore - 'Of course no list of inspiring blogs would be complete without Teesha's. From here you can visit all the teachers at ArtFest, see what they are teaching this year, look through lots of inspiring journal pages and instructional videos, and just generally feed your eyes, mind, & heArt!
Art Propelled - 'I think it would be hard to beat Robyn Gordon's Art Propelled. Her talent extends far beyond the extraordinary wooden panels and totems that she carves in her South African homestead. One of the main reasons is her ability to bring attention to so many artist, helpful sites and information that have helped to expand my world view. One could get lost for hours exploring the countless links she so generously provides to her followers.'
Dispatch from LA - 'My all time favorite blog is Mary Ann Moss' Dispatch from LA. Her art and her life are one and the same, her posts reflect her generous and joy filled soul. You can find wonderful travel photos, and her entertaining sense of humor. I love the energy she shares through her art journals! This is a blog not about art per se, but about vision. Seeing, experiencing, expressing, recording. It brings me inspiration and creative excitement.'
Today's post is the last in the Viewer's Choice series. Sending a big thank you to all the bloggers and blog readers out there that made this survey possible. I thank everybody too who mentioned The Altered Page as a favorite in the survey and those who left comments saying that my blog should be listed -but thought it best to not include my own blog in the results. And to answer a question: The site descriptions that are found 'in quotes' were written not by me but by the participants.
Sunday postings of The Pulse will be on vacation for the holidays. But be sure to visit on Sunday, January 9th for the next and new series of postings for The Pulse to begin. Between now and then there will of course be regular posts and you can always catch up on every series of The Pulse, from the first posting in January 2008 to the present, by clicking the links in the sidebar.