Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The "My Seven Links Project"

There is a project spreading around the blog world that asks bloggers to list links to seven of their posts in different categories.  Then you are asked to tag five of your friends, who in turn list seven posts and tag five friends.  It's sort of like a chain letter, but you aren't threatened with dire luck if you don't pass it on! 

I was tagged for this project by Carrie Waller  from Carrie's Creations  You can click on her link to see the posts that she chose.  

Here are the categories: 

– Your most beautiful post
– Your most popular post
– Your most controversial post
– Your most helpful post
– A post whose success surprised you
– A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
– The post that you are most proud of

Here are the posts that I've selected:

Your most beautiful post:  Poppies in Vase 

Beauty is subjective, of course.  I really loved the colors in this one.  I liked the vase and the dappled shadows. 

Your most popular post:  "I'm saying this one is finished" 

This post received the most comments of anything I've posted.  This was my attempt to paint in the style
 of David Leffel.  I have learned a lot by attempting to copy another artist.  

I love that feeling of "oh look how he did that!"  

Your most controversial post.  "Wine Bottles"

I got nothing for this category!  I just want people to come by, maybe enjoy the painting or the post.  
No controversy!  So I'll just post a little painting that I like.  I liked the point of view on these wine bottles. 

Your most helpful post:   "I Got a New Book Today" 

I don't think I've been painting long enough to be very helpful to other painters.  I'm still learning myself!  
However, in one post I recommended a beautiful book called Painting the Still Life.  
Several people liked that recommendation.  I wish I could paint like this! 

A post whose success surprised you: "Pot of Geraniums"

Being such a beginning painter, I'm pretty surprised every time I receive positive comments on my paintings!  
This was one of my first attempts at painting flowers. 

A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved: "Lemon Trio"

This little painting was one that didn't get a lot of comments, but I liked the effects in the cloth. 

 The post that you are most proud of:  "My First Painting - 2007" 

My very first post of my very first painting! I started this blog in June 2010.  
It took a lot of courage for me to take that first step. 
I was so nervous about posting my very amateurish paintings and probably not very interesting comments.  
But I'm so glad I did.  I have found the most wonderful world of generous and helpful artists.  
It has been one of the most fun things I've ever done! 

Now I'm passing this challenge along to the following five people.
(And it's hard to choose just five.)

       1. Kathy Cousart
       2. Linda Popple
       3. Karen Werner
       4. Lorraine Shirkus
       5. Claire Christinel.

Have fun!


  1. Fun project and I enjoyed reading your thoughts and choices. Your paintings are beautiful. I better get to work!

  2. Really enjoyed your post, Virginia . . . hope I do as well! Thanks for choosing me (I think) . . .

  3. J'ai passé un bon moment... effectivement il est intéressant aussi de savoir comment les commentaires sont perçus...
    Belle publication.
    gros bisous

  4. Oh, Virginia, I'm getting so bad about reading posts and not commenting, I thought for sure I had already left a comment! I love this challenge, it's great to see what your 7 posts were and the thought behind your choices. It is really amazing how far you've come from your last link to your top link. Your paintings are beautiful and I love seeing you progress from week to week:)

  5. I haven't heard of this project. Sounds interesting. I just wanted to comment on your wine bottle painting. I really like it. Interesting angle.

  6. I'm so glad you DID start this journey, Virginia! Look at all of us who love you who would never have known you!!! Loved the project... go, Go, GO!

  7. Hi Virginia! I'm a bit confused on this tag project. I've just returned from vacation and I'm so surprised to be on your list! It may take me a few days, but I'll do my best to respond. I love your top two posts the most. The Poppies in Vase and David Leffel Still Life. You're jumping ahead in leaps and bounds! Very inspiring to see your progress. Cheers!

  8. Fun idea. Good way to reflect back. Great work!

  9. I love love love the orange flowers and the silver vase is slammin'
    You're getting there just keep going and don't cut off your ear ;)
    My hubby always says that too.