I belong to several online artist communities, one is WetCanvas. Two years ago I looked for a home that would offer me an atmosphere of learning, provide resources and knowledge, and to share my art for critique. I wanted an organization that was broad in art mediums, with extensive knowledge of technique and style, and basically anything you wanted to know about art. Tall order? Not really, WetCanvas offers nearly all of this and more. I also found an online community with members from around the world offering various levels of artist talent. I found such a place in WetCanvas and couldn’t be happier – the site has allowed me to explore and grow as an artist in ways I never thought possible.
A quick introduction. WetCanvas has a member base of 390,000 all with a common goal to improve and broaden their artist skills, and to socialize with artists around the world. The site has forum and knowledge sections dedicated to a variety of topics:
- Art mediums: oils, watercolor, pastel, oil pastels, acrylic, graphite/charcoal
- Styles of art: contemporary, drawing/sketching, etc
- Subjects: marine, landscapes, floral, southwestern
- Forums that pertain directly to the world of art: art history, the business of art, design, color theory, etc.
- A reference image library with over 3 million images for exclusive online use by its members.
It’s free to join, so if you’re looking for a place to hang your artistic hat with other folks of like-mind, check out WetCanvas – through the following link: http://www.wetcanvas.com
Unbeknown to me, I was nominated and approved to become a Guide for members of the oil pastels and Marine forum sections of WetCanvas. They formally asked me over the weekend if I would help Moderators of each of these forums, a little surprised by the request, but accepted because it’s been a real blessing for me.
My art wouldn’t be where it is today without the level of available information, guidance and support by many incredible artists. Going forward each week I plan to introduce areas of the website to readers of my blog.
Now, it’s back to painting! Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.