Thanks Bill for your kind words. I’m so glad you enjoyed the article. It really was an honor to have the opportunity to spotlight all of the incredible artists on this list. So many of them have helped me out along the way creatively in ways they probably don’t even realize. This article was my small way of giving them something back. . .
Thanks Bill :) You are awesome, as always!
thank you so much for your lovely words, was a real surprise and honour :))
It was certainly my pleasure Lynn! Although I just realized that I put you and Trevor next to one another to battle it out for the Scotland art empire domination ;)
Now that I look at it again, I am amazed how many different countries are represented on this list. I think this really speaks to the incredible diversity and international reach of the Twitter arts community.
Well now you’ve gone and made a gal cry…
How lovely, how kind…how unexpected, your words. You have honored me, for sure.
I am grateful, for our friendship connection. You are a valued, trusted resource on twitter/facebook…your posts are relevant, insightful and worthy. I may not always leave a comment, but I faithfully read your posts. You help foster a community of sharing among genuine souls, true artists and visionaries. Your work is most important to my own growth as an artist and entrepreneur and for that, I am grateful. I suspect many others feel similarly. Thank you Drew, for adding to my life.
Your list is comprised of a wonderful group of talented artists…many of whom I know personally and others that I will look forward to connecting with. I am proud to see my name here… it is always lovely when our work is noticed and appreciated by others, and yet…this list could and should easily be 1000’s of names long…so much immense talent in the circles we cultivate. It’s awe inspiring:)
Thank you again, Dear Drew, for the kind and generous mention. You made my day…
Best to all,
Well it’s about time I made you cry Shell!
You are more than welcome and you’re right that this is an incredibly talented group of artists and friends. I sometimes feel bad coming up with these lists because I know that I’ll be forced to leave off so many other deserving souls. You truly are an amazing artist and an extraordinary friend that I hope to have the pleasure of knowing long after 2011 is over. Enjoy it!
Drew..yes Shell is right..you know how to make a girl cry..so touched my friend…and proud to be part of this wonderful list…Drew’s 2011 list.
It is a very special talent to know how to make people happy…thank you.
Thank you so much Annick. Making women cry does seem to be a specialty of mine ;)
I’m the one who has been fortunate enough to get to know all of these incredible artists including yourself over the past year. Even though Skinny Artist is still less than a year old, I have been truly blessed by meeting so many amazing people like yourself in the Twitter arts community. Nous sommes reconnus par les amis nous gardons!
Would the 21 like to take their own art room on ArtPlatform? Under the curating of skinny?
The ArtPlatform concept looks interesting. We’ll have to look into it. Thanks for stopping by!
Congratulations to all! What a great list and yay for new people to follow on twitter. And as a big fan of Patti aka @madwithrapture I’m so happy to see her on this list.
Good job Drew!
Thanks Rachel for the kind words and it’s always fun to find great new artists to follow on Twitter. You obviously can’t go wrong with any of the awesome artists on this list (yourself included!)
You’re right, Patti does rock! I’m just hoping that she’s not too offended that I called her a creative kindred spirit of mine ;)
This is indeed an unexpected surprise and a real honor to be included with so many fabulous artists from around the globe! Its a very motivating thing to have such mention. This inclusion into the 21, gives me even more cause to do what I’ve been doing, and to keep on keeping on. As a impressionist painter, from New England, I feel I have much to say for this region in my work, and am very passionate about communicating that. Thanks for mentioning my territorial heritage in your 21 write up, for it gives me a renewed sense of place.
I appreciate it immensely,
and thank you!
You’re more than welcome Russ (awesome avatar by the way). My family really loved the New England region when we lived there and I think your work really brings that home for me. It’s apparent that you have a very deep connection with that area and it’s people, which is something that is revealed in every brushstroke. I couldn’t think of a higher compliment to bestow on any artist.
A fantastic list for sure! Glad that many Twitter friends are now sharing in that same warm, fuzzy feeling I experienced (& still do!) by being on your 2010 list. A few names are new to me, so thank you for “introducing” them. Excited to see so much talent in the Twittersphere!
~ S L Donaldson
It’s always great to see you here DB :)
I don’t think most people realize how many incredible artists are out there until some idiot like myself comes along and foolishly tries to whittle them down to a manageable number. Last year when the 2010 list first came out, we were just getting started here and I had been lucky enough to have met you and so many of the other artists on that particular list. Back then, I never could have imagined how much this community would grow or how many fantastic new artists I would have the pleasure of meeting along the way. Enjoy the warm fuzzies!
I am touched and delighted to be included in your 2011 list in the company of these great artists.
I promise not not to burn out too soon ;) and continue to paint my universe adventurously.
One of the best things about having a site like this is in having the opportunity to do something like this every once in awhile. There is often so much isolation that comes with creating our art, that sometimes we just need a reason to celebrate our little community and with any luck possibly inspire someone along the way.
Keep on painting your life’s adventure Pete. Just remember to pack lots of paint, lots of coffee, and maybe a paintbrush or two. . .
Truly an unexpected and blissful way to greet my day. I am without the proper words to thank you for your love and support. What an honor to be in your breath, let alone on your paper. Your detail of everyone is beautifully thoughtful. You went beyond just pasting everyone’s bio’s, but added how each has touched your heart and creative spirit. You are inspiring ~ I feel so privileged to be a part of your world! ♥
You are more than welcome Jessica!
It’s always a pleasure for me to see talented writers like yourself who have worked so hard at their craft get recognized (and published!). I think you’re story will become an inspiration to countless other poets and writers who read it. The irony here, of course, is that most of these people you’ll probably never meet or have any idea how much your words have meant to them.
One of the things that no one ever tells you when you start putting your work online is that for every person who leaves a comment or interacts with you, there are hundreds if not thousands more who may silently read your words or admire your artwork. You may not always know they are out there, but if you just keep going, you might someday end up on a very short list of amazing artists on a website with a very silly name ;)
As the others have said, I am just so humbled and honoured to be included in this list. I really don’t have words. Your support and encouragement has been an unexpected gift in my life.
Thank you. :)
The honor is all mine Sarah. I was truly impressed by your determination and hustle to raise the tuition money you needed for your time in France. You really put yourself out there and the arts community responded as I knew they would. So congratulations again!
It is said that inspiration often comes from the most unexpected places. As I mentioned in Jessica’s reply above, you never really know who you are going to affect with your words or actions, especially online. But when you have given as much as you have to the arts community, there’s little doubt that instant karma’s gonna get you back eventually (thank you Mr. Lennon).
I hope you have an absolutely wonderful experience in France and feel free to stop by anytime to give us an update. Je vous souhaite bonne chance dans votre voyage!
thank you Drew, I cannot begin to describe the feeling that welled up inside of me when I saw this list… and then when I could actually look at it more thoroughly >> to see so many of my friends on the list with me just added to that. We are building a community of artists on twitter and facebook that lifts me up and inspires me every day. It is truly a gift. I am excited to see what comes in this next year for all of us. Kat
I know that it’s probably a bit childish, but one of the reasons that I never let any of the artists know in advance that they’re on the list is that I don’t want them to lose that unexpected joy of discovery. I don’t want them to lose that feeling that comes from discovering they are being recognized for something completely out of the blue.
As you well know, none of the artists on this list ever asked to be on it, and I doubt the majority of them ever expected it — which is exactly why I do it!
My goal here has always been to recognize extraordinary artists like yourself who show up every day to create their art and find ways to support their fellow artists. They don’t do it in order to get on some list, they do it because that’s just the kind of awesome people they are. As I mentioned in your own write-up, one of the things that I really admired about you is how you don’t sit there and worry about the final result, you just follow the path in front of you and have faith in the process.
Call it karma. Call it reaping what you sow. Call it whatever you want. I truly believe that when you do the right thing and you treat other people the right way, sooner or later, it’s going to come back to you. Not because you “earned” it and not because you expect it, but simply because that’s the way the world works. Now if I can somehow be some small part in that process of recognizing your awesomeness, then that’s what I’m going to do :)
Thank you Drew. As they say.. paint what you know, and that’s what I’m doing pretty much. The coastal areas, rural farmlands, the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire, and of course the Berkshires. How I say it, is the challenge. To translate that onto the canvas. Really appreciate what you’ve done here. And by the way, .. I get a lot of “perks” on that avatar… pun intended. ~ Thanks again.
Thank you so much for including me—what an awesome list of inspiration. I can’t wait to check out everyone’s work!
It was my pleasure Hannah!
As you know, it’s not always easy to find writers who actually write. It’s even more rare to find a prolific talented writer who just happens to be an incredibly nice person as well. Now if you are lucky enough to find someone who is all of those things and a fellow Buckeye, well then you really have no other choice then to stand up and cheer!
It’s not every day that artists get celebrated, but what a treat for the artists and fans of art everywhere to be spotlighted in such a fantastic post. I’m not sure how artists lived without the internet and especially without Skinny Artist for great tips and encouragement, but I’ll speak for artists collectively when I say I’m glad we don’t have to find out. Keep up the great work!! I know most of these artists in this article, but some of them (even some of them I’m friends with!) had art blogs I didn’t know of before reading this post. Thanks for helping us find out more great art blogs to read. I’m looking forward to getting to know more of these artists – thanks Drew!
Thank you so much Julia for being a part of this artist celebration :D
Even though you’re beautiful painting does make my writing appear that much more dull and lifeless, I am truly honored that you have allowed us to use your artwork for this special occasion. On behalf of all the members of the Skinny Nation, we thank you!
WoW! You are AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for including me in this amazing list of Artists. WOW! This is truly a blessing and a HUGE honor. I was so surprised reading this article to find my name on your prestigious list!! Words cannot express how thankful I am for you and all the amazingly kind words said. I am so lucky to know you. You are a phenomenal person and leader. Thank you for all your support in the creative world. You are such an inspiration.
Thank you for inspiring me,
P.S. I grinned all day today. My face hurts. I don’t know whether to cry or dance until I pass out.
When the world gives you crayons you design a fabulous Mona Lisa!!!
Thank you for making this site and being SO awesome!! :)
Thanks a lot Sarah for saying nice things about me, now I’m not going to be able to get my big ego-inflated head through the doorway and I’m going to have to sleep here in the den. Of course now I don’t feel quite as bad for making your face hurt from smiling too much ;)
It was certainly my pleasure to include you on this list. I know that I beat this whole “artist personality” thing into the ground sometimes, but it really is so important to put yourself out there and let the world see the personality behind the art. Of course it helps tremendously if you have a wonderful personality like yourself, but the rest of us have to work with what we’ve got. . .
Thank you Drew!
I think I have sufficiently recovered enough to write more than a tweet which said “Knock me over with a feather!” What an amazing experience to find out I made your 2011 list by another wonderful tweet friend offering congratulations. There is a lot to be said for great community and Drew, you are one talented individual at keeping it resilient, vibrant and appreciative.
I am honoured to be included with such talented artist and great people. Congratulations everyone and a special thank you to all the people who drop by to check us out.
Special wave of appreciation to Julia Forsyth for her feature piece. Stunning!
And thanks again Drew :)
p.s. Sprout Question: What are you over-the-top with creative joy about today? (You all already know my answer)
First of all, I’m glad to hear that you have sufficiently recovered from your earlier feather incident!
To answer today’s Sprout question: I am over-the-top with creative joy today for having had the unique opportunity to recognize this incredible group of artists. I am grateful that we have a place online where I can publish this list knowing that thousands of people will be able to see it and join in on this celebration of the creative spirit.
Skinny Artist is only as strong as the community that supports it. After watching all of you come together and celebrate all of the different artists on this list, I have to say that I’ve never been prouder of what this community has become.
oh Drew, this is so unexpected and heart-warming, can’t begin to describe my joy and gratitude. You know we Finns are not good at showing our emotions especially in a foreign language :) I can only say that I have exactly the same feelings as the other people have written above. It’s a huge honor and a blessing to be on this list. I don’t do photography for money or for glory – my only wish is to be understood as an artist and it brings tears to my eyes to read what you have written about me because it is exactly what I have hoped to convey with my art. I just read on Twitter that Cat has been up and painting really early this morning and I think that your wonderful support gives me the same energy to do what I do with determination and confidence. I don’t know how to thank you enough – you are a wonderful gift :) Most of the people on this list are already my friends from Twitter and rest of them I intend to connect with soon. I know also people from your last year’s list, so I think this is a great way for us artists to get to know each other’s work and connect with each other. And as Kat said, can’t wait to see what you have on your list next year! Thank you again Drew for this wonderful site and enjoy your weekend! Annika
Thank you so much Annika for your kind words :)
Anytime that I can give an incredible artist like you some well-deserved recognition and perhaps an extra shot of motivation to continue doing what you do, I consider it time well spent.
We are all here to inspire and support others with our work. Sometimes we are the creators of the work and sometimes we are the supporters. As a former teacher myself, I’ve learned firsthand how helping others reach their own true potential is it’s own reward. It’s all give and take, yin and yang, and all that good stuff. Sometimes you are the giver and sometimes you are the one on the receiving end of that gift. Enjoy it and pass it on.
Luo taidetta, luo elämää!
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Great to see Terrill Welsh on here. Enjoyed reading the biography to which you directed us.
Thanks for an interesting list of artists!
Mary Montague Sikes
Thanks Mary for taking a moment to share your thoughts with us. Terrill really is a fantastic person and someone who exemplifies everything a true artist and friend should be.
By the way, I really enjoyed reading your Notes Along the Way blog. Thanks for the new discovery and I’ll be stopping by again soon!
congrats to all 21
this is a terrific group of artist you have selected – many of which i know well and appreciate there work and i have found a few new faces to watch
You’re absolutely right Jerry, this really is a terrific group of artists (and I certainly include you in that group as well) who have inspired me with their work as well as their thoughtful conversation. As one of the unofficial deans of the #draw365 club, you have introduced me to so many of these amazing artists along the way by retweeting their latest works and always being an incredible supporter of the Twitter arts community. So thank you for your support and inspiration!
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Squeee…awesome to see so many of the talented tweeps that I ‘know’ on this list and great to have new ones to discover. :) Thanks Drew, I find your site so useful and it’s so nice to have access to such lovely community spirit.. A great breadth of styles and locations, well done for managing to choose just 21
First of all, let me say Sandra that you really have some amazing work on your site and your “Into the Fire” series is extraordinary!
Also thank you for the additional arty tweeps suggestions (below). I’m already a rabid fan and follower of Mimu, Sandilee, and of course Anero– but I did not know Matthew until now, so thank you! As you can imagine, with so many incredibly talented artists out there (including yourself), it’s extremely difficult to narrow down a list like this to a manageable number. Thanks again for the suggestions and I just became a fan of your Facebook page as well. Keep creating Sandra and always live your art!
I started to make a list of other arty tweeps to follow…but then realised it’d take a long time…here’s a few to whet the appetite and a link to my follow friday art list…
@artbymimulux @WakingDreamart @ReadySetBlink @MatthewWatkins
I really have had trouble finding words beyond I’m honoured and humbled, which are the thoughts foremost in my mind. Such amazing talent to be included amongst. Some friends whose work I already know and love and others I’m keen to get to know.
How very grateful I am Drew, to have come across you and your inspiring articles. Not only have you been a huge help to me with your Skinny Artist lessons, you’ve also been a supportive and encouraging friend. You have a wonderful ability to bring people together – the feeling of community that has been built, albeit online, is a very real thing.
Here’s to a wonderfully creative 2011 everyone. As Shell said there are so many talented souls out there – many thanks to you Drew for helping us to connect to some of them in such a personalised and special way.
Thank you so much Rebecca for your kind words :)
It means the world to me to have friends like you who have supported this community from almost the beginning. This site has become the inspiring place that it is because of amazing artists like yourself who are always willing to support the work of other artists and join in on the conversation. You are what Skinny Artist is all about — artists helping other artists. So thank you!
Dear Drew (who must be real skinny LOL)
I am truly honored to be on this list of 21 artists to follow in 2011. What makes me even more honored is to be listed with so many other wonderful artists and twitter friends. And like you said, so many other wonderful artists on twitter not listed. I continue to be in awe of the talent I find there, and all the passionate people living their dreams.
Thank you for all your hard work writing this and for being a true supporter of art.
Make art not war!
-David or @DavidSandumArt
Unfortunately “Skinny” is more a state of mind these days for me than a reality ;)
You’re absolutely right when you say that Twitter (and Facebook) has developed this extraordinary international arts community. It’s pretty amazing that we can now instantly connect with artists, writers, and photographers from around the world. On this list alone, there are artists from at least nine different countries around the world. We tend to forget that making these kind of connections even as little as five years ago would have been incredibly difficult if not impossible. Twitter didn’t exist and Facebook was still strictly the domain of college kids.
Congratulations again David, and thank you for bringing so many of us here together for the first time. I wish you all the best!
That’s a very good questions Iain, and the answer is that basically “10 Artists to Watch” seemed way too arbitrary and countdown-like while “50 Artists to Watch” would have probably ended up being little more than a list of avatars and links. So in the end, I settled on “21 Artists” which seemed large enough to include a broad selection of different online artists/writers/photographers while still being a small enough list to give everyone a personalized write up. I hope that answers your question. . . Thanks again for stopping by Iain.
Daina is a friend of mine and she is a lovely person. A truly hard working and inspired painter. I am delighted to see her recognized in this way! She deserves it!
Very interesting artist. Thks. I think that Thomas Elliott @Art_tool is a very talented young artist…..
Congratulations to all 21! Wow! What an eclectic and wonderful compilation of not only some amazing artists but amazing human beings as well. Thanks for a great list of great artists to watch. You were spot on with your review of Sarah too.
Thanks for this!