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MichaelRH
03-02-2000, 02:45 PM
I'm listening to some very beautiful music as I type this (to set the mood--at least on my end), and perhaps it is the mood of the moment here in my studio in Fort Collins..may I say...this website..all the people I've had the good fortune to meet here...the sincerity..(I'll say compassion) acceptance..understanding..mutual support..I think that is what our world SHOULD be about.
Amazing. There is something happening here at Wetcanvas..I know you all know what I refer to here..(for me..gratitude..) A hug for each of you..Michael

cagathoc
03-02-2000, 05:21 PM
Hugs right back at you!

I couldn't agree more...

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Cindy Agathocleous

"What if imagination and art are not, as many of us might think, the frosting on life, but the fountainhead of human experience?" - Rollo May from The Courage to Create

irene clark
03-02-2000, 06:57 PM
Hi there Michael,
You couldn't possibly be more right on if you tried for a million years.
I've been hanging out here for quite awhile now and not once have I come across anyone that was even tad not nice.
In fact these are the nicest people I've met in a long time.
Yes, the world can be a nicer place, with more people like these.
Sincerely,
Irene Clark with a heart for art.

manlewis
03-05-2000, 01:56 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif I couldn't agree more!! along with meeting all the great people here, I've made some great email friends on this site! Wetcanvas is addictive! I can't help but drop in everyday!!

Paula

Electra
03-05-2000, 02:10 AM
I was thinking the same thing tonight in chat. I quit pursuing art about 8 years ago, partly because my life changed, but partly because I got discouraged.

Now that i have help, instruction, and encouragement.. I have gotten over the discouragement and have made some leaps and bounds.

I will be eternally grateful to Scott for setting this site up, and to everyone who has contributed to my artistic and creative growth.

Gisela
03-05-2000, 03:20 AM
Yes, there is certainly something special happening here. You have all become an important part of my life. If someone had told me six months ago that I would become so attached to people that I had never met face to face, I would not have believed it!
As a matter of fact, when I try and tell people about this, they kind of look at me like maybe I'm on drugs...lol. Thanks to all of you who are my friends here and special thanks to Scott, who started it all.
<hugs>
Gisela

bruin70
03-05-2000, 03:33 AM
,,,and my wife wants to know who this "ELECTRA" woman is!....milt

Electra
03-05-2000, 05:54 AM
lol! ;-)

Ya know, I've been in this sort of world before. Back in the early 90's (y'all long time netters, remember those days?.. hey.. 10 years is a long time in net time!)... I used to frequent BBS's (bulletin board systems, similar to this site but without pretty graphics, and very localized.. they were the precursor to the internet, basically) and became friends with people in my local area in much the same way. In fact, I developed several long-term friendships with people there.

The problem there was that it got nasty after a while. The difference here is that we seem to all have the thread of humanity in us that keeps us from tearing at each other's throats. Perhaps that's just luck, (or maybe even an artist's trait?), but I like to think that Scott attracts good people.. which attracts other good people.

How rare is it to get into chat these days and not get the same ole "A/S/L" question (Age, Sex, Location) and 14 year olds trying to get you in their 'cyber beds'? The intellectual level, as well as the compassionate nature, of everyone here makes this a wonderful place to be.

Just a tidbit, I met my hubby on a BBS, and we're very *very* happily married. So making good friends on the Internet is no less difficult than in person.

In fact, I think it makes it easier to find the real friends among us. We don't get hung up on age, or gender, or skin color, or anything else superficial -- we get to concentrate on what's really inside a person this way.

Besides, how else would we get to hang out with people from so many different countries? ;-)

<ending the tome now.. guess ya figgered out I'm a bit long-winded>

bruin70
03-05-2000, 06:54 AM
you've peeked my curiosity, jan,,,,you'll have to tell us how it all got nasty back then...miltie....see you in chat

RyderArt
03-05-2000, 10:25 AM
Michael,
I couldn't agree with you more. I have been at this site less than a week...and I am loving it!!!!
Only trouble is...my days are your nights....so I loose some creative time while in chat...but I will just have to be a better time manager!!!! My creativity has increased...even if my productivity hasn't!!!
Plus...I am realizing that I have been playing the avoidance game in certain areas...i.e. portraits, landscapes. Basically playing it safe and painting what I am comfortable with, not what challenges my abilities.
So Y'all are gonna get real sick of me!!! Because I feel there is ssooooo much that I don't know and want to learn!!! Yeehaaaa!!!
Let the games begin!!!!!!

Stephanie

bruin70
03-05-2000, 05:38 PM
steph,,,as the site grows you might be able to set up your own chat time. there are two or three from australia now....milt...ps and there' are always a few steagglers here. i don't sleep til 8-9am,est. i think that's midnight in japan?

dzspag
03-05-2000, 06:02 PM
Couldn't agree with you more. ONly been here for a little while myself, but really look forward to logging in whenever i can. How can so many strangers feel like so many friends? A million thank yous to Scott and all the others who began this site. I hope it never ends. Like others..i have so much to learn, and this is a wonderful place for the adventure to begin. See you in chat.

Mich451
03-06-2000, 12:49 AM
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Patti
03-06-2000, 04:26 PM
You are so right! I never had any inclination
to get involved in chats or message boards or anything after I checked out a chat room when we got our first computer. I always thought no way! But I wanted to start painting again and all I knew was what I had learned 20 years ago in high school. looked around for some info on oil painting and found this through a link on about.com. Now I tell everyone how awesome this site is and how wonderful all the people are! I especially think it is great that we are from all over the world yet we share so much and get along so wonderfully.
Pat

Electra
03-06-2000, 05:10 PM
Let me clarify "nasty" ... I mean hateful and ugly, and not any other connotation of the word. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif The median age level got very very young, and there were at least seven divorces within months of each other, mine and my husband's included, and all had something to do with the BBS.

MichaelRH
03-07-2000, 04:05 AM
WOW!!..sure is nice to see we are ALL in agreement! I am also finding that I am enjoying receiving and sending emails to some of the members here..great discussions. (thank you Cindy!)..on a wide range of topics...and I get the feeling that we all share an openness and regard for the thoughts..and concerns of each other. It is nice to have that exchange..different views, different approaches..and all because our lives are all on uniquely different paths.
Great to see all your responses. (Even though I had no image to post!). When I start selling my work for the BIG BUCKS$$ (Howz THAT for confidence!!)...you will ALL have transportation paid to our house here in Colorado. (just be prepared for some wonderful all night discussions!) See you all in the Cafe! Michael

oleCC
03-07-2000, 07:52 PM
May I just echo everyone? Got in too late to be original...but.. it is hard to imagine now what life was like before WC and my new friends here! A day without checking in here
seems incomplete. Thank you Scott - and thank you all for making this a welcome refuge for this wanna-be artist! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


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janet
03-07-2000, 11:09 PM
I also came i a little late but I have been
here only a few days and you know what?
I really like this critique discussion forum. I am just so happy knowing that there are so many nice people who are willing to
inspire others! I really look
forward to logging in the forum everyday
and be taken aback by so many beautiful
paintings and sketches done by so many
talented artists!
"inspiration is the key to selfmotivation"