These old tools look well used, don't they? They were part of a display in the Marksburg Castle in the Rhine River Valley in Germany. I loved the light and contrast, but just as much I loved that they represented the hard work of the people who once lived there. Imagine back when these tools were new. Imagine the lives that touched them, and how they supported and improved those lives.
Today I want to share with you a few new tools, through sites that can help link you up with online resources to further your creative journey and connections.
Finding Photo Link Ups
Yesterday Exploring with a Camera was featured on the blog Through a Photographer's Eyes. Misty is featuring a different link up every Monday, with a resource list of the link ups you can access here or by clicking the button below. It's a nice way to get an overview of the different link ups along with a list, so check out her features so far and remember to see who she's featuring every Monday!
There are so many link up opportunities out there for photographers on the web, it can feel overwhelming at times. You might want to participate in them all, but I believe you have to find the ones that are right for you. I know that I resonate with some and not others, based on my style and interests, and I keep that in mind when I choose where to participate. Check them out and see what fits for you!
Finding Blogging Artists
How do you find new and interesting blogs of other artists? If you're like me, it's an organic process. You visit one site, follow a link to another site and over time find a few that you really love.
Geri Centonze has decided to help speed up that process of linking blogging artists by creating artseebloggers.com. On this site, you will find blogging artists grouped by category - Digital Art, Draw/Paint, Fiber Arts, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Paper Crafts and Photography. You can look around and visit the sites, and add yours too!
Geri says this is just the beginning of her vision and I can't wait to see where she goes next. I love the idea of connecting artists to each other in new ways! I hope you will check out her site.
Finding Retreats and Online Courses
I know I mentioned the new site, Seek Your Course, a couple of weeks ago but I wanted to call it out in today's "tools" post again. This new site is a fabulous resource to find courses that cover all aspects of art and creativity - everything from creative blogging to film making to personal growth and so much more. This is my kind of resource! I love to learn as much as I love to teach, and this opens a whole new way to find great learning opportunities.
Before you had to click around, follow the organic route and, if you were lucky, stumble upon a link to a course that is perfect for you. No longer! How lucky we are to find these courses in one place, and who knows what new things you will find. I hope you will visit and check out the offerings. Tell Jess that Kat sent you! :)
A big thank you!
I love that in all of these cases, someone thought "Wouldn't it be nice if..." and then did something about that thought. They saw a need and filled it by creating something we can all use. A big thank you to them!! It takes hard work to create tools like these that everyone can use.
I've created a new "resource" section on the left sidebar, and will add reference resources like these as they come my way. I'm all for anything that helps us connect with our art and creativity, and each other, at a higher level!