...Hi all, I know I've to stop starting every blog post with a "can you believe what month it is already"!! comment... but Jaysus lads its JULY!!!!
And July in my world means only one thing...I have 25 days to tell you about a wonderful new exhibition, a collaboration of minds, hearts and occurrences that are about to happen through my artwork and the artwork of these wonderful wonderful creative minds pictured below!
So if you follow this page and my story at all, you will know I have a long running story with my health, not least, I suffered a chronic blood disorder in my late teens & early twenties and that at this time a daily platelet transfusion saved me!
So many people are here still because of the selflessness of others...those that give blood really do change and save lives and I for one am so very grateful x
So imagine my surprise and pleasure when a local GAA rising star is interviewed about his heart condition and life saving blood transfusion in front of MY artwork, artwork that deals with issues such as overcoming life's obstacles and hurdles...it seemed so appropriate...and Im so happy for this young man that he too was offered the gift of life through blood transfusion.
if you can, please consider becoming a blood donor, you will never know the good you do x
#niamhoconnorart #hiddenoutloud #ballastfullofhope
To see if you can give blood in your area, follow this link from the Irish Blood Transfusion Services Board.
Today sees me writing to tell you about a challenge I have undertaken on Instagram.
Those of you who already follow me on Instagram will have seen quite a few references to #Aprilforartists #Aprilchallenge and #Pheobeganderart, appear in my postings over the last number of weeks. These tags directly relate to this challenge and currently day 16 is asking me about my largest challenge to date: My Most Courageous Moment !? EEK!
Firstly the fact that I have managed to do this for 16 consecutive days is, to my mind, quite impressive. Social media is a joy and a chore in equal measure, and having decided to be more mindful in how I use it, this challenge is the first prompted, and group organised activity, of this type that I have participated in.
The prompts that come from Phoebe Gander an Australian based artist who works primarily with fluid acrylic pours, have been at times random, frustrating, and enlightening. If you had to think about your career to date, could you talk to your peers or audience about your main inspiration? The tools you use how you started? Perhaps you’d care to share how you sell? could you talk about your vulnerable moments? your favourite work so far, or share the inner workings of your spontaneous or planned markings in sketchbooks? would you dare show your works in progress before you've decided yourself that they are ready to be viewed?????
Well that, my friends is what this challenge is causing me to do!
It sounds as if I'm complaining I am not, Phoebe Gander and her challenge are causing me to address plenty of things within my creative outlets that serve me and perhaps those that do not…. additionally it is giving me regular content for my Instagram page, and Pinterest account, and on top of that I share these posts to Facebook, and here I am writing about it on my blog….like I said social media can be a joy and a curse, but also a way to reach like-minded people, supporters and much-needed customers….
So for now, amongst other life and studio challenges I am grateful for this one...it is just forcing me to keep lines of communication open, were without these prompts I might not be so prolific in my social media use, especially now the children are on Easter holidays.
So with that in mind, I should sign off.
You're most welcome to visit and follow me on my Instagram here, and to pin my posts on my Pinterest account here, to see the answers I have given to these prompts and as always I welcome questions about my process, about my practice, and about my art... so feel free at any time and happy Easter to you all. I've just realised there is another upcoming challenge that applies to us all ....chocolate!!
Bye for now.
Contemporary Visual Artist working in mixed media/encaustic based in the drumlins of Co.Monaghan. Ireland.