The benefits of joining an art community

Ok, there’s 10 days to go in this daily blogging challenge, and it certainly is becoming a challenge to think of post topics every day. I’d love to get more suggestions from you, if there’s anything you’d like me to write about – just leave a comment and let me know.

I’m off work next week, so hopefully it’ll be a bit easier to find the time then.

Anyway, today I made a couple of new posts over at WetCanvas, the largest art community on the web. I’ve been a member there since 2007, but I rarely log in. In fact I’ve only started 15 threads in the last 7 years!

Well that’s about to change. I intend to get much more involved in the online art community, starting with regular interaction on WetCanvas.

Creating art at home can sometimes leave you feeling a bit isolated, which is why it’s so beneficial to post your work in online art communities.

To begin with, it’s a great place to discover new artists, and connect with artists whose work you admire.

You can also post your own work for feedback, and if you’re worried about criticism, there are three separate gallery forums, one for if you don’t want your work critiqued, one for open critiques (anyone can comment), and one for structured critique (only registered critiquers can comment, with more technical feedback). It’s a great way to get feedback on your work, whether you’re just looking for some positive encouragement, or you really want help to improve your skills.

There’s a Learning Center forum, where you can get advice on any aspect of art you can think of, as well as forums organised by medium or subject so you can always find the most appropriate place to post. And there are general discussion forums for chatting about art history, creativity, or just art in general.

One of my favourite things, that I just discovered, is a monthly landscape challenge, where you can join other artists in painting from a selection of photos provided by a volunteer user. I plan to participate in this very soon, possibly this month, and as much as I can in future.

So why not join me over at WetCanvas, and get involved in the community! Hope to see you there.

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