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Flint Canyon Trail, Autumn – Five Years of Blogging

July 29th, 2008

Flint Canyon Trail – Autumn – La Canada Flintridge
16 x 20 oil on canvas

Celebrating five years of blogging

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Today marks 5 years of blogging from when I first opened an account on Live Journal. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed all the learning and friendships that have come out of it. Back in the day, there was no artwork on my blog. I didn’t feel like sharing my sketchbooks and journals, but eventually took the plunge.

In five years, I’ve seen the power of social networking to help people make connections, discover new techniques, teach each other and experience each others’ triumphs and tragedies, artistic and otherwise. I know that my life has been enriched by not only the daily discipline of making art and blogging but the encouragement I’ve received from so many of my readers. I hope that I’ve been able to pay that good will forward when I can.

One of the great things about blogging, as opposed to just building a static website, like mine, is the daily interactivity it allows. I know that if I ran into a dead end trying to answer a question or track down an art supply, that I could post a question and some kind soul would know the answer and help me out. So even though we may work alone, we are still part of a vital, supportive and interactive community.

Recently, I’ve taken another step – to get involved in the Facebook community. So if you’ve got an account look me up
http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684809912

15 Comments »

  1. Hi there and congratulations on your 5 year anniversary. Wow! didyou ever think that you’d still be blogging after all that time? I love the new painting. it’s so interesting how you can capture sunlight and have it pour out in just the right places in your paintings. I’m in awe of your abilities and your persistance in learning new things. cheers!

    Comment by Stephanie — July 29, 2008 @ 5:23 pm
  2. Karen, I can’t imagine just how many people you have encouraged, inspired and advised in the past 5yrs of sharing. Thank-you for every step of your journey.

    Comment by Susan — July 29, 2008 @ 6:31 pm
  3. Congrats on your anniversary!
    Beautiful painting – I really like the composition with the path leading you into the picture. And of course the light is lovely too.

    Comment by Ann — July 29, 2008 @ 7:12 pm
  4. Congratulations, Karen, and this painting is just wonderful. You are capturing so much of the landscape and wild places where you live.

    Comment by Lindad T — July 29, 2008 @ 9:40 pm
  5. Congratulations. Another beautiful painting. I love to see California come to life in your paintings. Blogging is wonderful especially for those who aren’t near to people who share the same interests. I haven’t yet made the Facebook jump. Probably will as it seems easier to keep up than to catch up.

    Comment by Timaree (freebird) — July 29, 2008 @ 10:07 pm
  6. It’s beautiful, these shadows seem very fresh and inviting! Congratulations for your five years anniversary!

    Comment by delph — July 30, 2008 @ 12:51 am
  7. Karen – you were one of the first people I found when I started blogging and you were certainly one of the people who inspired me to keep going as I could see you’d already been doing it for a while. I would certainly regard you as a pivotal figure in the art blogging world!

    It’s also been wonderful watching the development of your painting in terms of subject matter, media and style. The painting you’ve chosen for your anniversary post is a stunner!

    Many congratulations on your blog’s 5th birthday – and long may you continue!

    Comment by Katherine — July 30, 2008 @ 4:15 am
  8. Karen, the light in this painting is beautiful! Congrats on the 5-years, too!!

    Comment by Luba — July 30, 2008 @ 4:39 am
  9. Congratulations Karen. You have certainly been a big influence in my life and so many others, with your beautiful art and helpful nature!

    Comment by teric — July 30, 2008 @ 6:18 am
  10. Congratulations and thank you for all the inspiration you provide to me and to many others I’m sure.

    Comment by Barbara Weeks — July 30, 2008 @ 7:42 am
  11. Karen, I only recently discovered you and love your work, especially this piece published today. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. I look forward to prowling your archives and watching your growth.

    Comment by Dianne Mize — July 30, 2008 @ 5:04 pm
  12. Congrats on your 5 years. That is just wonderful and allot of blogging.

    Comment by Pat Meyer — July 30, 2008 @ 6:51 pm
  13. Morning sunlight and dappled shadows. A beautiful
    way to start the day and celebrate your five years,
    Karen. That encouragement and sharing works both ways
    and you have enriched our lives, too, along your Journey.
    Many many of us thank you.

    I feel an attack of Big Mouth coming on so I’ll finish this on
    an email.
    :)

    Comment by Annie — July 31, 2008 @ 7:23 am
  14. Happy Anniversary! Or is that happy birthday! Anyway, hooray…your blog’s been a real inspiration over the years.

    Comment by Cathy (Kate) Johnson — July 31, 2008 @ 11:52 am
  15. Hey Karen congratulations on the five years. Yes I’m still around and check in on you:)

    You have been a great influence on me also. thanks and loving how far you have come and how much you have achieved.

    Comment by toni — August 1, 2008 @ 5:20 am

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