Artist Gems

Artist Gems March 4

About Art of Others

I’ve been searching for other artist bloggers as a way to expand my thinking.

I write about these artists I’ve discovered in my blogging and artistic journey: Artist Gems. Take a look to view and enjoy their work.

Because I’m a novice artist, still learning, I learn from the work and writings of other artists, enjoying the little things that make them and their work unique. There’s a ripple effect when we appreciate and observe others at their best and as they share while they develop their work. When artists create, their work influences others: the work stirs the emotions, reflects the community and events of the day, and inspires a response, perhaps even in the viewers’ own art.

This weeks artists are unique in their art– different ways in words, wood, and media. We humans live joyfully in our creativity. These three show us many ways to be creative.

Artist Gems for March 4, 2021

Tracy Verdugo


Tracy is an Australian artist who believes in wonder and curiosity, in opening up to let the art within flow without— without fear and structure, but with vision and experimentation. Her colorful and hopeful abstract art inspires a sense of wonder and a desire to give the style a try through one of her free classes, online courses, or collaborative workshops. 

I was introduced to her work from my friend Brenda’s post on Instagram which led me to Tracy’s free course “Abstract Approaches” and some of the strategies here on her YouTube channel. Today, I want to watch her “inky” techniques, Speed Art.

Her acrylic work is delightful with colors that show her bold strokes and careful detail— and invoke a desire to try the process yourself, as Brenda did with her iPad, and I plan to adapt.  Don’t you want to try one of these styles and one of her classes? Lots of inspiration, positivity, and techniques! I know some of my artist friends have been influenced by her work — see Brenda Bakker’s abstract after learning from Tracy. I tried a few, too, inspired by both of them: Camera and Dragonfly. However I have a long way to go to catch up with Tracy’s inspirations: Owl and Woman with Owl; Elephant.

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Jason A Muckley


Continuing with abstract art, I found a blog of a Colorado poet who also has dabbled in abstract art that envisions in color the emotions that poetry speaks of in words. Jason creates visions of hope with words and art.

I love that he’s trying new things, which he writes about here— with the courage and adventure that may perhaps be inspired by the pandemic. I’m delighted that one of those new journeys is abstract art— I think you’ll like his journey: Abstract Art Shame Shame 2

Here’s one I love: Wild Tiger Lilies since I have tiger lilies in my yard, or did once until the deer discovered them and now whittle them down to nothing each spring. So what was filled a portion of my yard now looks like this painting, except the orange and yellow are also just green. I’m always amazed how just one color, green in this case, can be brushed into a texture that creates a path and blades of wild grasses. It’s lovely mixed in with the tiger lilies flowing in a gentle breeze.

Take a look:

Website: Jason A Muckley

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Anisha and Anjana

 Anisha & Anjana  of Crazienerds

Anisha and Anjana are two programmers who love to write and blog and share positive anecdotes and poetry and art to connect with others. I stumbled upon it in my reader with their interpretation of a piece of abstract art: Abstract Art.

Then, I discovered that Anjana is learning oil painting, and I think you’ll be amazed at what she’s created: Anjana’s Paintings.  I like the bottle— it’s highlights make it look like it had just been poured and only rests their by the careful touch of the one who had just held it.

As I continued looking around on the site, I discovered that the website is filled with various posts, any of which offer inspiration for poets and artists— I am amazed at the amount of and depth of the concepts shared:

Go ahead and take a look— you’ll find inspiration for writing and drawing.

So Take a look!

Again I’ve found those who create art with heart– artists who took the time to share both the art and story, often with the little things of life. I hope enjoy their work and learn a bit more from them, as I have. I appreciate and thank them for sharing their journey– a little ripple effect that improves the world, which is something that is much needed in these times today.

Take a look– I’m sure you’ll agree, each of these artists create with the heart first!

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