Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Earth Dance Mandala - (Earth Mysteries Series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2007

Expressing gratitude is an expansive spiritual practice that allows the flow of life's energy to remain vibrant and alive. I wanted to take some time today to say thank you to a few people out in the blogosphere who have touched my life, influenced my thinking, assisted in my process, and gosh darn it all just made me feel good!

I think I found a link to ArtBizCoach Alyson Stanfield first @ back around the beginning of the year, and I have been reading her blog and newsletter ever since. If you have never read her, I would definitely recommend checking her out. Alyson is a great resource of information for learning more about the business of art. I thought her recent post about dissecting what makes a good artist's blog especially thought provoking. Read it and find her recommendations of other artists' blogs to fall in love with. I've already subbed to a couple of them and look forward to reading their stuff!

In accordance with the mystery of the Universe we call the world wide web, I can't remember exactly how I bumped into Tammy Vitale's blog Women, Art, Life: Weaving It All Together. Tammy is also writing about kicking her art business up another notch, as well as showing off her stunning ceramic masks, torsos and beads. She is a woman after my heart, and I enjoy reading about her journey.

My friend Judi Singleton has started a new internet venture on the Law of Attraction. If you have read The Secret or enjoyed the movie What the Bleep, you would probably enjoy her email course on this fascinating topic.

And finally I want to extend a bear hug of gratitude to fellow photoshop adventurers Rima Koleilat of Maraya Galleries and Bobbie of Great Grannie's Blog for letting me know that my photoshop tutorials made sense to them and were easy to follow. Check out their artwork here and here.


Anonymous said...

Delighted to be mentioned! Thank you! And appreciate the company I'm in - went off and signed up on the one blog and visited the other two that are using your tutorials (and oh, the part-time job will be finished next week and I AM going to try this out. I AM I AM!)

Bobbie said...

Sue, your tutorials have been a godsend to me. I have learned so much from them and hope to learn even more, so more! p.s. I fixed the link to your blog where I popped into comments instead of what I meant..that is your tutorial. Thank you for the link to my blog, it is my first one, well..except for friends and family :)

Bobbie said...

And also, I forgot to say that I love the colors in this new mandala. They are quiet and calming to me.

Irene said...

I am looking at your mandala very carefully and trying to understand what makes them so special, but it is just the whole thing, isn't it? You master mandala maker!

Irene said...

Every day I am full of anticipation at some people's blogs. Yours is one of them. And then, on days when there is something new, I can't believe my luck. On days there isn't, I contemplate what is there already and try to figure out what moves me so. It must be the very basic instinct I have for art in its purest form, call it ancestral art. The wonder of that. The knowledge that something is good down to the core and that pleases me immensely. Thank you for that.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, Sue. I'm glad you left your site on my comments. I can't believe all of the "artist blogs to love" that are out there. I'm going to try to get to all of them.

dianeclancy said...

Hi Sue,

I agree gratitude is great ... and helps make things flow better!

I find Alyson so helpful too!

Beautiful collage ... I will check out Tammy and haven't caught up with my Alyson reading yet.

~ Diane Clancy

Artists With Artitude said...

Oh Sue, we owe you so much. I am vicariously living through your beatiful teaching, dreaming that one day I will find the time to do all this! Thank you!

Artists With Artitude said...

I am such an airhead. I also wanted to thank you for scouting such great references. You are great!