Last year I did a couple of on-line courses and suddenly opened up to the joys of creating digital art. I started posting art virtually every day because I enjoy creating art, but along the way I’ve been gifted with something quite unexpected but very welcome: the enrichment of my life with friendships and contacts around the world courtesy of the blogging community.
I now read blogs from Australia (Suz Jones, among others), Thailand (Don Charisma), Africa (various), Romania, Russia, America (all over from Alaska to Alabama and they’re all special to me), Great Britain and Europe. I read personal information, I read about pain and survival, I see beautiful photos of places and gardens around the world – in other words, I’ve entered a community I had no idea existed, one which is – so far – kind, supportive, humorous, challenging (some photos of hardships in other pars of the world can break your heart), informative and exciting.
Today I saw a post with a photo of the world from space – a most beautiful planet, viewed as a whole. Beside it was another photo of the world as we see it here on earth: a pastiche of different flags of different countries, competing, fighting, where differences and conflict are elevated in importance rather than the ties that bind us – the fact that everyone one’s heart and soul are nurtured by compassion, love and tolerance and the fact that basically all people really want is security, a roof over their heads, a future for their children, paid employment and peaceful lives.
This is the grace of community – and I think the blogging community, even though everyone’s singing a different song, in totality provide a little glimpse of how we can lead quite different lives where we love and support each other, look for what unites us and not divides us, and care about what is within people rather than the external appearance.
So here’s my piece of digital art today: The Grace of Community. It was created with a pale blue canvas on PIcMnkey, with an overlay of a carpet of pink pig-face flowers (terrible name for such a beautiful little flower, I thought the photo of flowers all growing close to each other was a symbol of community), and then tweaked with the Fractilius plug-in on Photoshop.