Me in the Middle on a Virtual Sketchwalk

For the months of December, January and February, I’ve been traveling!  Virtual traveling!

Virtual Reality, Consciousness, Reality

Photo by Pixabay

Virtual Sketchwalk is a Facebook Page with 836 (and growing) members.  At the beginning of each month, the Admin ~ Kate Powell ~ posts around 50 photographs of interesting places, local and foreign.  Sketchwalks involve a group of artists who meet up at a specific location and spend time sketching together at that location.  Virtual Sketchwalk brings together artists who might not be able to travel yet still can enjoy sketching and learning about the area.  It gives us a chance to practice our skills and then share our artwork with each other on Facebook.  Each of us can choose from the photographs and we can sketch as many as we want.  It’s fun to see the different interpretations that evolve from each person.

Here are the sketches I contributed to the group:

2019 February ~ Jantzen Beach Carousel

'Jantzen Beach Carousel ~ Oregon'

Feb 2019 Jantzen Beach Girl #1

(c) Mary Lou

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'Photo (c) MPE Conservation'

Feb 2019 Jantzen Beach Carousel #1

(c) Mary Lou

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'Photo image by MPF Conservation Jantzen Beach Carousel Oregon 'American Beauty Rose''

Jantzen Beach Carousel Feb 2019

(c) Mary Lou

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2019 January ~ Kythira, Greece

Image may contain: plant, tree and outdoor

Photo by Demi Kalfa

Kythera Greece #4

(c) Mary Lou

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Image may contain: plant and outdoor

Photo by Demi Kafka

Kythira Greece Jan 2019 #1

(c) Mary Lou

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2018 December ~ Vista House

Image may contain: tree, sky, mountain, outdoor and nature

Vista House Dec 2018 #2

(c) Mary Lou

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Image may contain: people sitting, table and indoor

Vista House Dec 2018 #1

(c) Mary Lou

Where will we go next?

Globe, Hand, Global, Concept, Abstract

Image by Pixabay

 

Me in the Middle of Facebook

 

Facebook

Facebook “likes” can tell a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of – and which Facebook may have enabled.

The social network is under fire after The New York Times and The Guardian newspaper reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to influence elections.” ~ Associated Press

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I’m hanging in there with Facebook.  It’s the only social media that I consistently use and that I believe provides the best connection to a lot of information.  Bottom line, the user has a choice in what they read and what they believe.  It falls on us to be responsible enough to do our research to the best that’s available to us.   What more can we do?

Below are a few of the articles I read so that I could remain informed about how all this is developing.  I’ll give Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg the benefit of the doubt in that what had started out as a fun adventure with Facebook friends has become much more than any of us ever could have imagined.  I’m hoping they prove me right by adapting with integrity to every new development along the way.

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Facebook is not the problem. Lax Privacy Rules are.

 

 

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Me in the Middle of Love/Hate for Social Media

I’m trying!  I really am!

My niece introduced me to Snapchat at a family get-together and I got to go on a Snapchat visit when she snapped this pic of me and my sister.  I love it!!  I even cropped the picture to use as my profile pic on Facebook.  And I know it was the first and last visit to Snapchat that I’ll ever make.  🙂

I’m really trying to understand social media.

It might be just a ‘January Slump’.  I’m finding myself annoyed that I’ve lost hours just scrolling through Facebook.  It seems the aftermath of Election 2016 has  slowed down the enthusiasm for Facebook.  Is it just me?  Or is there anyone else out there who’s finding less postings and interaction?  Are we getting burned out?

 I love Facebook for the connection to my sons and families.  I like it for the news feed that gives me my favorite FB Pages every day.  The fact that I can take an art journaling workshop online and connect with other artists from all over the world is amazing!  I belong to the Artists’ Journal Workshop Facebook Page and connect with 22,689 other artists.  This is all good.  

The only other social media I’m using is Blogging on WordPress.  This month I’ve got writer’s block and I’m determined to stay with my commitment of a post each week.  It’s getting tough!  I’ve been blogging for a year now and have loved this experience!  I’ve met some amazing people on WordPress and learned a lot of positive things from their posts.  What do you do when you’ve reached a slump?  Is it just because I’m moving in another direction right now?  Anyone have any suggestions for Blog Challenge Hops to fill in until I get back my groove?

I’m trying!  I really am!

This Love/Hate thing I’ve got going on with social media has got me wondering.  Am I balancing my life and using social media to serve my goals or is social media hooking me with the same addiction that watching too much TV can do?  …. Or having your nose buried in a book or newspaper can do?  Doesn’t anything become a numbing addiction if we don’t know enough to stop, look up and get out there and experience real life?

“You have a finite existence and a set number of days………………………”

Look Up