Happy New Year!
What better time to start on new voyages than the beginning of January. Last was fairly traumatic (see previous posts) and when I have had life difficulties in the past I’ve always found that instead of getting angry and bitter, if I do random acts of kindness, I get back to the positives much more quickly.
Kathy Grillo is an a artist that I’ve been following on Instagram for a few months now and she dedicates her valuable time to supporting other artists. I loved this idea so have just joined her #shoutout revolution and will dedicate blog posts here to finding out a bit more about some of the artists that I follow and giving them a little shoutout of my own, right here
So, who is Kathy?
Kathy Hartwig Grillo is a digital artist and illustrator from Michigan specializing in custom pet portraits. Working from several photos she paints portraits with attention to detail.
She is very active in the social media art community and can be found on several platforms sharing her Art and doing Live Art Broadcasts
Where can I find her?
I asked her what gave her the idea to help and encourage other artists?
Recently returning to creating after a 20 year hiatus I have discovered the amazing social media community. Social media is a game changer for creative people as it gives us a platform to share our Art with the world. As much as I do share and put myself and my art in front of the people I do remember how scary it was when I first decided to do so.
Maybe it is because I am a mother that I found myself naturally reaching out to support those that were bravely showing that creative side. I quickly learned you get what you give and welcomed answering questions and giving tips, passing along things I have learned along the way.
Then I started getting the solicitations from places offering followers and features for the small price of…….. These companies taking advantage of people who just want to gain an audience and have exposure really ticked me off. So I decided last year to dedicate myself to sharing and feature one artist every day of the year on Instagram. This has naturally flowed over to other social media and I have been blessed with some amazing friendships, opportunities like this, and connections around the world.”
It costs me nothing more than a few minutes a day to share wonderful art that will hopefully encourage that artist and also introduce others to the art that is being made.
Finally, can you recommend an amazing art book?
I am reading one right now that is neat. I just bought it at the Museum book sale. It’s all about artists, musicians and writers when they were young and just starting out.
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Here is a selection of her amazing art: