Art Blog, The Daily, WarmUps

Wednesday WrapUp Update and Uploads and Flickr

collage of limited palette art work


Each Wednesday check this blog for a strategy, process, or reflection for illustration with the iPad app ProCreate. This Wednesday Wrap Up , I share blog updates and uploads for sharing– what’s new and why not? Why are we still users of Instagram when Flickr is so much more versatile and user-friendly?


scene from a treed park as header to the "What Else" blog

Years ago I was a teacher, a teacher in first grade and then in middle school, mostly language arts, mostly writing, and also for media as computers became available in schools. I loved teaching writing– “~~ Writing is hard fun. ~ Donald Murray ~~ and I know that the best way to learn is by doing — “The good way to learn is to use it now.” ~ Seymour Papert ~~ So it made sense to get my students writing for a purpose and in real ways, as in blogging. So I started my What Else Edublogs blog in August of 2007. In 2012, my friend Denise Krebs and I presented “Extend the Conversation” [Blog Post: Extend the Conversation] explaining the benefits of being connected through online sharing.

Between tweeting and blogging, I now have many new friends and colleagues all over the world, including Denice Krebs, and my life has been energized ever since.

Denise and I have collaborated with our classrooms and students. Whether it’s blogging or Google Docs, our students have been connected, and we as teachers have reflected on how access to the Internet and technology has improved both our professional and our students’ lives.

Join Us and Extend the Conversation– Jump In

There’s so much information– coming at us, flowing by, what do we do? Denise presented this slide with this quote from Steve Hargadon:

kids on computers: In order to cope [with all the information], add a byte of your own -- Steve Hargadon keynote 10/18/11

And even more than that– the idea is to better the world– to add some joy and beauty and knowledge from oneself to others and back through online sharing and connections.

As Steve Jobs said,
One of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there.

Steve Jobs, 9 to 5 Mac

And so, my online sharing and connecting with others began– to add my own bytes and to find fellow travelers in this life journey all over the world. By sharing, we connect, we learn, we grow, and we better the world.


header to blog: Ask What Else -- 1DR What Else? with image of Steamboat Rock on Banks Lake, WA

And so my eduction blog grew and is still filled today with my education journey as it still continues– I add during National Poetry Month, WriteOut, and National Novel Writing Month.

And I started another blog: Ask What Else, which is both educational and personal in its content. It to is filled with education, photography, poetry, and also art. I create three daily posts: The Daily Create, a doodle, and a poem with photography.

However, I filled up my media storage, and, since art is now my main focus, I’m moving my three daily posts — “The Daily”– to this art blog with its own category and subcategories of Daily CreateDoodle, and Poetry. My art blog will display under its blog as just my Art Blog posts, with a menu to include the above. Read more about this move in Moving Day.

I hope you can follow the line from the old blog to this art blog of The Daily ! Welcome to this new updated blog of creating in art, doodles, creates, and poetry.


Where do we upload?

The image above is a screenshot of a Flickr group to which I belong — CLmooc [Connected Learning Massive Open Online Collaboration]– and with whom I doodle and create other projects like this free calendar.

Many of us use Instagram — which I cannot organize or even embed here.

However, the intrusion of reels and whatnot, plus the fact that links cannot be shared to your work or your store, makes me wonder, “Why?” Why upload our work to a platform whose purpose is more for itself than for its users?

I can embed an album here from Flickr, but not from IG- so why?


Why Not Flickr? — Yes! To Flickr!

 Find me on Flickr at teach.eagle Sheri42.

I joined as a teacher– some of us had groups, we shared images and posters, and it’s easy to share links and embed in other websites. And now, it’s where I share my “Daily” and my art.

I love that I can organize in albums, share or keep private, and join groups.

My Gouache Album– screenshot

Gouache Album by Sheri on Flickr

And as an embedded album:


Next– here’s my Fig illustration on Flickr with it’s description– and the links work! Notice I can choose my license too. I can add it to albums and add tags– see next image.

See on Flickr

If I click the #ipadartwithjennifernichols tag, I find all photos with that tag [which are mostly mine at this time]:


How about my other favorite teacher and hashtag? #bardotbrush

bardotbrush on Flickr

I’m even in a Spoonflower group. The Spoonflower group has over 5,000 members.

collage screenshot of Spoonflower Fabric Design Flickr group images
Spoonflower on Flickr

And you can put links in that work– even to your store!

“If you are a Flickr Pro member, you can use Flickr to promote your photography business, your products, your photography classes, etc. You can link directly to a shopping cart, checkout page, or pricing pages on other sites, and you can list prices for your images in your Flickr photo descriptions.”

Flickr Pro–Here’s info about Flickr Pro.

I can also create groups and have discussions. You can even sponsor an event.

I do pay for the pro version for unlimited uploads, including up to 10 minute videos. It’s $100 for two years. Again, here’s info about Flickr Pro.

I’ve even printed from my illustrations / photos with their platform, which now includes Smugmug. Flickr had the size I needed when I printed my backsplash, an idea I got from Gaby Fischer, from this image: [notice how nice the Flickr image embeds?]


My backsplash– in our unfinished sink.

backsplash of sink of purple pansies in yellow round flowers and blue/green leaves

And, on Flickr  are ooooooooodles of Public Domain Images in the 74 pages of Biodiversity Heritage Library albums.  For instance:  the fungi and the fruit.  Lots to help draw and illustrate for all artists. Yes– access to a  HUGE amount of copyright free images searchable here.

The main thing I like is that it’s designed for artists and photographers and not so much for their own purposes. The purpose is for users to have a place to display their lovely work and to connect and share.

I’ve never liked Instagram– it serves its own purpose. But I’ve always loved my Flickr.

It’s something to think about– so many choices: share public or private, license, groups, organize as albums and/or collections, add descriptions, share clickable links.

Will you join me at Flickr?

I look forward to your sharing, and hope you decide to join in at Flickr, perhaps read their blog, and together we will create hope and inspiration as we create art for the world. Please continue to be a part of the  #warmup4art series on Flickr to learn and enjoy our work together!

See my sharing on Flickr, IG @42Sheri and Twitter @42Sheri.

~ Sheri
~Reflect curiosity and wonder; Go boldly and scatter seeds of kindness.

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