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We did actually have chicken for dinner yesterday, and arancini, spinach & fetta parcels, a dutch salad and dumplings (yes we have a very¬† multicultural Christmas) but it’s Boxing Day here in Australia and it’s time to announce a winner of my little give-away.

So without further ado…

Winner!

Congratulations Erin! I’ve sent you an emails so if you haven’t received it please check your spam folder! A set of my hand carved stamps will be winging their way to you shortly!

BTW Erin blogs over at the super-rad Charlie Foxtrot so you should all pop over there and check it out!

 

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I am an avid blog reader, which often happens to the exclusion of creativity. The internet is a wonderful distraction, read the paper,¬† check facebook (not much happens there), check Io9, find a new art foum and see if it worth some time (most I’ve found don’t hold my interest for long and then check my google reader,

Here is where I get lost. I have 253 subscriptions which have thrown out 1590 posts in the last 30 days. I have NOT read all of these but i have skimmed all the ones in my drawing category.

I’ll maybe share the other random things I read – bookbinding-printmaking and cooking blogs- another day. But today I have thinned my list down to 34 blogs which seems altogether manageable and allows me to subscribe to people who I want to interact with. That’s the new rule – if I can’t be bothered to comment then I shouldn’t subscribe!

What are your criteria for the blogs you read? Do you seek out artists who work in the same medium as you or are your inspirations diverse and from many different fields. I look forward to hearing how YOU thin the herd!

So it’s time to cull, As I thin the herd I’m going to share with you the ones I’ve chosen to keep and why.

christina jonsson – Lovely line work and lovely posts about what she is working on.

http://drawingonnature.blogspot.com/ Joan Y’s Blog – my kind of thing – just drawing whatever takes her fancy.

http://edwardbgordon.blogspot.com One word descibes why this blog is on the list – Light. Edward is a master of capturing light in a scene.

http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/ James Gurney – Illustrator of the dinotpia series. His blog is full of technique tips and wonderful illustrations.

http://makingamark.blogspot.com/ – Kathryn Tyrrel’s making a mark is an invaluable resource

http://www.flickr.com/photos/asnee/ not a blog but the architect and artist Asnee’s Flickr stream.

http://katequicksilvr.livejournal.com/ Cathy Johnston’s Blog is full of tips and musings!

http://apple-pine.blogspot.com/ A recent addition but another person who has the same draw everything urge.

http://blog.lisacall.com/ Lisa Call is a textile artist who constantly inspires with her work ethic.

http://www.creativeeveryday.com/creativeeveryday/ If I were to put these in order of inspiration Leah Piken Kolidas would be at the top. I hope you all sign up to Create every day in 2009!

http://jenniferlawson.blogspot.com/ Jennifer Lawson is currently in Bali sketching out the new experiences she is having there. Wonderful to learn about her new land!

http://rozwoundup.typepad.com/roz_wound_up/ Roz Stendahl’s new blog – this little beauty is packed with information to inspire and educate the visual journaller – don’t hesitate to add this to your own reading list.

http://tina-m.blogspot.com/ The Cycling Artist – Tina – Is another inspiration, I love her studiowaves podcast!

and lastly on the drawing side of things

http://www.urbansketchers.com/ Urban Sketchers – a great way to catch up on the work on lots of new artists who get out on the streets and sketch.

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