“I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.”
Maitri at Magic and Moments At Dragonfly Cottage and Kim at Laketrees both kindly announced The Artist’s Muse is the recipient of more awards. I am truly blessed by the knowledge that others enjoy my musings, which generally are “somewhat meatier than a cream-puff. “ I am truly honored and humbled. Many thanks to the ever-insightful and sensitive blogger, Maitri for these following three awards.
Muchas gracias to Kim for the Art y Pico Award that was originally created in June 2008 by Arte y Pico, the bi-lingual (Spanish/English) blog “to honor artists who create, design, and inspire regardless of language or culture. Kim described it thusly : “ It’s an international award for a global community of artist-bloggers, acknowledging that what we create helps make the world a finer place.”
People have different reactions to this type of meme chain as it works exponentially to provide backlinks to the original creator’s site. In fact, one blogger, William McCamment, calculated the award has been given out (as of July 1, 2008) to 67,750 bloggers.
I’m grateful for the bestowal, however, as it is always nice to take a few minutes off to think about why one really likes some blogs more than others. Unfortunately being the ever-independent and free-thinking artist, I’m going to break the meme chain and not link to the Arte y Pico blog as it seems like nothing more than a link-generating exercise by a clever blogger. However, because I believe recognition of others is important, I am passing all four of awards onto the eleven following outstanding artists and creative bloggers who inspire me whenever I read their blogs:
- A World of Progress
- Blooms and Blossoms
- Communication Exchange
- Let's Jump Together
- Paintings In Watercolor
- Pics and Poems
- PoeARTica :Painted Words
- The Modern Historian
- The Truth About Lies
- Welcome: Modus Vivendi
- Words, Words, Words: A Writer's Journey
I hope no one feels either obliged to take part and/or feels disappointed they were excluded from my list of nominees.
In a recent interview, Maya Angelou, the noted American poet, reflected:
“You need to know that you can go somewhere. You're not just like grass growing on the street. You're like trees, you have roots, and they've done wonderful things, and you need to know that, and by knowing that, you see how outfitted you are for these times. And that you really owe it to those who went before so that you can add to them for those who are yet to come. You need to know that you are in a continuum, and if you understand that, you realize that you are worthwhile.”
Tomorrow the horses will run in Melbourne, Australia to determine the winner of the Melbourne Cup, paintings will be nervously auctioned in various venues throughout the world, and in the U.S. a proverbial horse-race will finish its prolonged run to determine who will sit in the Oval Office on Pennsylvania Avenue. But let us not get caught up in a winners and losers mentality, for as Maya Angelou has suggested, indeed, each of you are worthwhile and make this world a paradise for all.
Here are the "official" rules for the Arte y Pico Award:
1) Award five blogs that contribute to the blogging community through creativity, design, and interesting material, regardless of language.
2) Name each of the five blog authors and provide a link to his or her blog.
3) Award recipients must show the Arte y Pico Award image and the name of the award-giving blog author, as well as the award-giving blog author's blog link.
4) Award recipients must provide a link to the Arte y Pico blog.
5) Award recipients must show these rules.