1. I’ve been spotlighted, quizzed, interrogated, had my brains picked and my innermost thoughts extracted. So here’s “The Skinny”. Keep an eye on your bubblemail as you might be next:
1. State your name and the groups you hosts.
Vivian Gordon. I co host two groups; Religious Art and Photography, Inspirational Greeting Cards with Marie Sharp.
2. Why is art and creativity so important to you?
Well, first of all I was born to create, it’s in my blood I guess you could say. I have come to realize that we are all given special gifts and I was always into creating something ever since I was very young. I started out drawing on anything I could find. Then after my mother saw that I took after her, she snagged me up and taught me how to sew. That took me into tailoring of clothes being involved in the 4H. After high school I attended an art school in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I went with the intentions of becoming a fashion illustrator. You have to keep in mind this was my ‘bc’ era (before computers). That never transpired as those jobs had all closed the year I graduated! I got married and later had two sons. I went into freelancing by doing calligraphy, which I specialized in and even painting signs on store front windows. I did just about everything I could get and then I even made crafts and sold them. Before the economy got too bad I actually did well. I finally took some computer courses at a community college and from there I made specialty plaques for people. I would personalize them and even hand paint the backgrounds. I had taken photography in my art days but it wasn’t until a few years ago when I was introduced to digital that I knew this was what I wanted to do. It has since become my passion as I can incorporate my art background with the computer graphic end. I think I’m helplessly and hopelessly hooked now! I am learning so much from the other artists on here and I love the communication and the uplifting comments. I strive to do better all the time.
3. Where did the inspiration for your group/s come from?
I am a woman of deep Christian faith as Marie as well. She found me and asked if I would co host with her. Of course I approved of the subject for the groups and joined her. I am still kicking around a few ideas for my own group.
4. What do you enjoy most about being a host?
I love when I get to go through the art and choose the twelve features for the week. I see so many works of art that really inspire me and blow me away. It’s a wonderful way to find artists you might not otherwise even know about. I love posting the feature banner and hearing back from them and how it has made their day. This is what it’s all about.
5. What do you think artists get out of being a part of your group/s?
Since my groups are centered around faith, they are focused on peace, joy and the love of Christ in their lives and this for me is such an important message that needs to be exposed. These people appreciate the beauty of nature that is all around them and this inspires others with their loving thoughts.
6. Share something cool (big or small) that’s happened in your group (or as a result of your group)
I’m sorry to say that I don’t really have an answer for this one, only that both groups are thriving and growing all the time.
7. What life skills do you think have helped you be a good host (e.g. something you’ve learned in a job or parenting skills)
I think the main thing is humbleness and humility. It’s the ability to take responsibility when you have done something wrong. Another is always edify others, no one wants to be criticized. I have really gotten to meet so many wonderful people from all over the world and when it comes down to it, we all have the same feelings. This really is a small world after all.
8. If you had unlimited money, contacts, resources and time, what would be the ultimate group activity, project or event for one of your groups?
Wow, my mind can really go in a creative spin here. The one thing I always wish I could do is donate money to benefit needy organizations. I’m always wanting to make this world a little bit better. So I suppose, I would have to develop a project where we could raise money for worthwhile organizations. I know there are a couple missionaries on here who are always looking for financial aid. If you’ve ever seen the photos of the children and the people they are evangelizing, you would too I believe. I would love to give this to the needy who are so less fortunate than we are. This would be more than a project for me, it would be a ministry!
9. As a sign off, share one work you’re particularly proud of…
I would say it was one of my very first photos I took with the camera I use now. It’s a picture of the fall trees by the local boyscout trout pond called Fall Daze. I didn’t do any editing to it at all. Now I rarely put anything on that hasn’t been touched up in some way. This one has gotten the most exposure and earned the most features.
I was honored to be chosen for an interview with Red Bubble as a host of a couple groups.