The Liebster Award


They should make a handheld, blinking, buzzing device with a robo voice that explains the intricacies of the Internet. It would be a little like the Hitchhiker’s Guide. But not like an iPhone. I’m not a fan of Siri. Anyway, that device would’ve been useful when I received the Liebster Award. It could’ve told me that the Liebster Award is not really an award, but more like the copypasta that claims you’ll be told the name of your future spouse if you just share the text with eleven other people. See, there is no reward for receiving the Liebster Award. It’s simply a head nod of acknowledgement passed from one blogger to the next. The award helps bloggers network and gain a wider fan base. Which I think is an excellent idea. I’m just not sure if “award” is the best way to describe it. Here is how it works:

1. I was nominated by Ava Marie, so first I answer her 11 questions.

2. Then I find 11 other blogs to nominate. These are blogs that I enjoy and think deserve a stronger following. And oh! They must have fewer than 500 followers.

3. I pose 11 new questions for those blogs to answer.

4. The process repeats itself as the Liebster Award is passed around.

You can find a short break down of the history of this award at this blog.

So here are the questions that Ava Marie posed:

1. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

It’s been a little over a year now. Doesn’t feel like it though. I can remember writing the first blog post and wondering how big the blog was going to be in a year. Unfortunately it hasn’t grown too much. Part of me did start this blog for recognition, but I mainly do it now because it’s cathartic. The posts make me think about the art and reflect on the work I put into each piece. It’s also nice to have this platform as a journal that I can hopefully look back on in a few years.

2. Why do you keep blogging?

I keep blogging because I keep making art. The blog has become a part of my process. Pen goes on paper, oil goes on canvas, JPEG goes on blog, blog goes on Internet. I honestly feel lazy when I go a week without making a post. It’s passion and determination that keeps this blog running. Even if that sounds cliche.

3. What do you hope to accomplish through your blog?

Let’s see if I can answer this without repeating what I’ve said in the last two questions. Hm. Okay. This blog is essentially my brand. It represents who I am as a person and an artist. Through my posts and pictures I hope to preserve, enhance, and publicize my brand.

4. Who is one of your favorite artists and how does this artist inspire you?

Gosh. I don’t know. Maybe I should say John Singer Sargent seeing as I keep going back to his work to fawn over everything he did. Watercolors and oils, people and places. The man knew how to bring his subject to life with the perfect number of brush strokes.

But I’ve also been looking at Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth recently. I love paintings that carry meaning and both those artists knew how to pack a story into every inch of canvas.

As for contemporaries? I follow Lois van Baarle (Loish) and David Cheifetz. Van Baarle works digitally and Cheifetz works with oils, but they both know how to create atmosphere with their works.

Finally, I often name Bill Watterson as my favorite artist because of his ability to seamlessly combine written word and comics to create astounding and succinct points about humanity.

I dunno if I actually have a favorite artist, but there are a few people I admire.

5. What time of day do you most often find yourself blogging?

I wrote on Sunday afternoons for a long time, but now I blog when I can get a chance.

6. Are you currently reading a book, and if so, what is it about?

I suppose I’m reading a few. I used to plow through one book and then move to the next. Now I’m busy and lucky to finish one a month. But right now I’m reading Best American Short Stories 2013, Understanding Comics, and Persepolis.

7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I don’t know. What is this, the yearbook? Hopefully writing and illustrating children’s books. And teaching. And writing novels and graphic novels and painting for at least 8 hours every day. And traveling the world.

Most probably I’ll still be dreaming.

8. What is your proudest accomplishment?

I feel like I should say, “having a college degree.” That doesn’t feel special to me though. I don’t know what my proudest accomplishment is. Perhaps when I got Honorable Mention for “Off Work.”

9. What is one thing you cannot live without?

Smart ass comment is: oxygen. Realistic answer is: many things.

10. Do you have a day job, and if so, what is it?

I used to install smart technology in schools around New England. Now I’m a full time student who needs a part time job.

11. If you had to choose a personal motto, what would it be?

Think big.

Now here are the 11 nominees (in no order):

1. Tamara Campeau Paulson

– An artist who posts many illustration-like sketches. She tends to work mostly traditional.

2. Evelyn Yee

– She has lots of sketches done in ink and filled in with watercolors. There are some truly unique street view perspectives in her posts.

3. Margaret Owen and Elizabeth Hutchinson

– A shared blog with refreshingly loose and painterly sketches of a variety of subjects.

4. Carol Smith Myer

– An impressionistic oil painter who has many paintings of flowers and outdoor scenes. I love the softness of her work and the strong blocks of color she uses to make her paintings pop.

5. I Paint What I See

– This blog is one that really could use more attention. The artist walks around Cambridge, Massachusetts and paints portraits of panhandlers and the homeless. He makes sure to take time to get to know his subjects and his works are emotion packed.

6. Sarah F. Burns

– An oil painter who posts many of her plein air sessions. Her work is loose and gestural.

7. Maxine Dodd

– A blog full of quick and exciting watercolor sketches of cyclists.

8. Patrick Brazenor

– An expressionistic artist who uses a variety of media. Sometimes his work is more abstract.

9. Nicola Schofield

– An artist exploring the world through several types of media, but mostly pen and watercolor.

10. Nicholaus Aman

– An artist whose paintings have subjects that seem to emerge brilliantly from their misty backgrounds.

11. Jackie Braden

– A blog that contains the artist’s works and posts about art in general. She sketches and paints in plein air.

And here are the 11 questions for the nominees:

1. What do you think about when you blog?

2. What’s the purpose of your art?

3. When you were a child, what did you want to grow up to be?

4. What is your number one travel destination?

5. Who do you think was the most important person of the 1900s?

6. What is your go to breakfast meal?

7. What is your vice?

8. What do you enjoy most about art?

9. How do you hide a giraffe?

10. What thing do you just not understand?

11. If you wind up as part of the first Mars colony, what will your job be?

Okay. I have that out of the way. Now to the art!

Journal Scan 3

Here’s another journal entry. It was late and I couldn’t think of what to draw so I grabbed my boot and went to town. Spent between an hour and 90 minutes on it. The laces were particularly fun to work on because of their curves and angles.

I have an exciting blog post coming soon. It’ll be a review of all the art I’ve made in the last six years.

4 thoughts on “The Liebster Award

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