Here’s why Instagram works well for me:
1. Because sometimes words get in the way. Instagram was specifically designed for visual communication. Even though I love to write, sometimes I get all worried about whether my words will be misinterpreted, etc. With photos and drawings, there’s not so much to worry about. I’m just one of many artists who post creative imagery; sometimes polished, finished pieces, and sometimes a work in progress (aka a #wip).
2. Because “insta” means “now” and in my yoga tradition, we place a lot of emphasis on the Now. Instagram culture places a lot of emphasis on hashtags, and this works out nicely for me: when I post a mandala drawing, all I have to do is tap on #mandala and I can see other artists all over the world who are also drawing mandalas in the same moment. Yoga means “union” and posts with relevant hashtags are a powerful way to connect with other people in Real Time.
3. Because I learn about new tools and techniques. For example, I never even knew that Posca Pens existed until I noticed #posca on one of my favorite artists’ feeds. Another example: I saw an artist who was drawing mandalas on 12″ vinyl records. So now I’m practicing this technique as well. I didn’t have to read any instruction manuals or sit through any boring instructional videos. I just looked at a picture, noted the hashtags, and figured out the process on my own.
Today’s featured image shows my first stab at drawing on vinyl, with Posca Pens.
PS: If you like mandalas, there are a TON of awesome artists on Society6 and on Instagram that will fill your eyes with joy multiple times a day. There are aggregate feeds (@mandalamaze @beautiful_mandalas); and then there are hashtags. Do you like to draw with Sharpies? You can check out #sharpie and see what other people are doing. Same with #Poscas or #micronpen or just about any other drawing instrument. #zendoodle and #mandala are also 2 of my favorite hashtags.