The 2023 February 30 day Creative Gathering has come to a spectacular end. Many new members joined us. Day one started off with a bang. 40 pieces of art posted. Our daily average was 33, and our final count was just under 1000 pieces of art created, 992.
I didn’t count the extra pieces that were posted in comments. Those would put the total well over 1025. Our September 2022 total was just over 700. Way to score, artists!
I know you will enjoy this peek at the amazing art that was created during our Creative Gathering. Be sure to visit our board on Pinterest to see them in more of a gallery view. It’s spectacular!
Eileen A. E. Vivell
Jennifer Beaudet Zondervan
Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. Bill Moyers
Donna Pierce Clark
To create one’s own world takes courage. Georgia O’Keeffe
Teresa Harrington Hazelbaker
Karin Hooper Schoonover
Beth Farabough Bolay
Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye, it also includes the inner pictures of the soul. Edvard Munch
Lori K. Wikdahl
None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful. Mother Teresa
Growing up, we had a husky mix as the family pet. My dad Pete rescued her from a drunk old farmer, who was shooting at the mama and her young pups. Babe ran across a field and onto the dirt road. He almost ran her over. She was shaking, scared. He brought her home that day.
We had just moved into a new house. After waiting all summer for it to be finished. New town, new school. Junior high. Nothing but dirt in the back yard, and beyond that a field and ditch. I learned to drive a stick shift on the road you can see in the distance. But that was several years later.
Pete found a dog house that had been tossed out. He fixed it up to look like our house. Little by little we got grass, then the fence. Soon she had her own dog run. She was a happy dog, and she loved us as much as we loved her.
That was the inspiration for my Spoonflower Design Challenge entry. Barkitecture. I had a request for a pink version. I thought red might be popular as well. Voting is open now, until November 1st. There are 627 entries.
My Dad Joke wall hanging placed at 147 out of 292, with 48 votes. That puts it at just over the 50% mark. 50.3. Woo Whoo! I’m so grateful, really. To everyone that takes the time to vote. Thank you. Many of you really liked this one. It even received an awesome comment from a designer I really admire. I was stoked. Thank you, Tina! I am going to turn this into a repeating pattern.
The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend. Lord Byron, poet of Epitaph to a Dog
If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals. Albert Einstein
I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source. Doris Day
713 pieces of fabulous art were created in our September Gathering. Last year our total was 620. So even though we were missing several artists, we still did very well. Bravo! One and all! If you painted one day, or 30, Congratulations! Our fourth year is off to a fabulous start!
I am so honored to share this time with so many talented artists. Your work is amazing! I applaud your curiosity, your drive, your experimentation. Your fearlessness. Your desire for growth. Your generosity and graciousness with fellow members is a true gift. Thank you for your kindness, and your honesty.
A huge thank you to all artists for granting permission to show your work here and on the group Pinterest board. I am so excited to share this small selection of fabulous art. I know you will love it as much as I do. Feel free to leave comments for the artists. The Pinterest gallery is even better, you can see them all together. Grab a cuppa, and enjoy!
I did not include links this time, but the artists with websites can easily be found in a browser search. Thanks so much for taking the time to view these fabulous work.
Art can heal, it can lift us up. Art encourages community & reduces isolation. It increases self awareness. For the artist and for the viewer. Art can build a bridge across borders, and foster true friendships. Art gives meaning to our lives. Our Gathering has proven the all of this.
Thank you, for sharing the gift of your creative spirit.