Here are links to sites and artists that inspire me, excite me, or otherwise have meaning in my life. I encourage you to visit them and enjoy what they have to offer:
TwinGeekz is a loose affiliation of loose affiliates in New Hampshire who began the TwinGeekz Artz Project challenge in May of 2005; the task was for each of the original seven participants to produce and submit a piece of art every week for one year. Every artist succeeded in completing their 52 pieces of art, and thus the TGAP theory was proven: "all creativity needs is a deadline".
The original idea came out of a trip by the original TwinGeek, Michael Piper, to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. While viewing some of Dali's master works Piper thought, "I should create a master work." Upon returning home he shared his idea with longtime friend and fellow geek, Jim Tyrrell, who modified the concept when he suggested, "rather than one large piece of art that takes a year to create, why not create a piece of art a week for a whole year?" Tyrrell agreed to do the same in his own medium (music), a website was created, more Geekz were enlisted, and the rest is history. (OK, well, maybe not a history about which you've heard yet, but history nonetheless.)
Jake Parker has been an inspiration for me as I work toward making art not just my passion, but also my career. I've watched too many of his YouTube videos to count, and he founded "Inktober" in 2009, which is described on Wikipedia as "a popular annual celebration of ink drawing during the month of October" in which participants are given a prompt each day and challenged to create one ink drawing a day for 31 days. (Yes, you do see a similarity between this and our TwinGeekz Artz Project, which is just one more reason I identify with this guy!) His website describes him as "an illustrator, writer, and teacher based in Utah [who has] worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books."
According to the Bio on his website, Jonas is, "a self-styled spontaneous abstract impressionist painter" who works in "acrylics on canvas, mixed-media and found objects collage".
I know and have worked with the creator of Moon Art Designs-- Michael Mooney-- personally, and I can tell you that he is both a wonderful artist and a wonderful person. I encourage you to check out the children's books he has created, as well as the other works listed under the "Art" tab of his site.
Please stay tuned for details about upcoming fundraising events and opportunities concerning the proposed "Lakes Center for the Arts" in Meredith, NH. The plan is to open an "art incubator" to assist artists in transitioning into successful sustainable businesses, which will be housed in the former Annalee Doll factory building. Plans include a gallery, studio spaces, a cafe, and eventually even living space for artists right in the building.
To learn more about the project and to sign up to receive updates, please visit their website: