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I have been horribly remiss and haven’t posted here in 5 days – oops. Unfortunately, I’ve had a stomach flu and I’m not one of those prepared, forward thinking people who has blog posts ready for emergencies. I write rather on whim. Maybe this is a sign to stop that.

I don’t have much to stay as I’m still pretty exhausted, but I thought I’d direct your attention to this lovely blog post – I’m honoured to be listed as one of the 21 artists to watch in 2011 by Skinny Artist:

21 Artists to Watch in 2011

It was an unexpected pleasure to check Twitter yesterday and find congratulations coming from left and right.

I have to send a big thank you to Drew Kimble, who runs Skinny Artist, a useful and informative site for artists with great advice on marketing and creativity. I’ve read almost everything he’s written since I stumbled upon the site several months ago. I highly recommend hanging out in the archives.

And he had such lovely things to say about me:

Let me start off by saying that Sarah isn’t just an artist to watch in 2011 because she’s going to be spending a good portion of it having the time of her life studying art in France at the Studio Escalier. It’s also not just the fact that she is one of the nicest people I know on Twitter.  And it’s certainly not the fact that she is an extraordinary painter and perhaps an even better writer . . . then again maybe it’s all of those reasons.

One of the things that I’ve always admired about Sarah is her unique sense of openness, vulnerability, and pure determination to succeed.  Every week she writes a remarkable column on her blog entitled The Sunday Hug.  These articles address the issues that so many of us face but far fewer of us are willing to risk talk about.  Things such as “Doing the things that scare you” “Forgotten Dreams” and “The Difficulty of Dreams“.

Don’t let any of this distract you from the fact that Sarah is a fantastic painter and I would certainly encourage you to check out her online painting portfolio.  Let’s be honest though, as good of an artist as she may be, Sarah is an even better human being, and that’s why she is an artist to watch in 2011.

Well I’m just grinning fit to split my face.

Thanks, Drew! This made me week of illness much, much better!