|Bato Dugarzhapov, my Pinterest discovery|
Pinterest is a photo-sharing website that allows users to create online theme-based bulletin boards of images they find interesting. Images on Pinterest come from the internet, blogs, or any other source that's available online. I have boards dedicated to various categories of art (landscape, interior, still life, etc.); self-portraits; artists' studios, workspaces and materials; and many other topics (including lots of non-art-related subjects). Although it's possible to keep your boards private, the educational value of Pinterest comes from seeing what other people post. I often find pinners whose taste and interests overlap with mine and use the results of their research to expand my own investigations. I'm frequently introduced to artists I would never have otherwise known about. (I'll write more about this later.)
|Bato Dugarzhapov: The Winter Linden|
Obviously Pinterest is no substitute for going to museums and galleries. But when time and expense are constraints, it's a good substitute. I'm convinced that my time in the studio is enhanced by what I'm learning on Pinterest, and I also recognize that it can be a way to procrastinate and avoid getting into my studio and making my own art. Like everything else, Pinterest is used intentionally and in balance with other activities.
Hi Sarah! I admire how you have used pinterest to expand your art knowledge and inspiration. I still haven't let myself be tempted, afraid of the time element of being on the computer instead of doing art. One of these days I will investigate and broaden my horizons!ReplyDelete
Hi Debbie, good to hear from you! You're right that it take and eats time. Although it's similar to going to an art museum or reading a book about art, because it's more accessible (seductive?) there's the danger of overindulgence. Moderation in all things, right?Delete