About two years ago, my sister and I were assessing my “Instagram situation”. Ha! Let’s just say, I wasn’t enjoying Instagram to it’s fullest potential, and she decided I needed some variety in my feed (my feed was full of just fashion bloggers… I wonder why -ha!). My sister put it perfectly, “Instagram can be another place to feel inadequate or it can be a source for inspiration!”
Well, my sister has a knack for finding all things interesting, special, and unique (including people). Her first (emphatic) recommendation of someone to follow was the artist Donald Robertson (@drawbertson on Instagram). Every day he would post pictures of his art, and I was hooked. At the time, it was fun fashion figures or LV bags made out of paper sacks. Then I learned that he would wake up early to create art in his basement before commuting into NYC, and then he would post it on Instagram. I can get behind that kind of passion.
I also love his happy approach to life and fatherhood. His instagram profile reads, “Be a warrior not a worrier”, which as a mom, I can totally relate to. He has two adorable twin boys (not mention three other older kiddos) that he often posts. I also love his no nonsense captions. He’s not trying to appease anyone with them. He has coined the hashtag “buy them nothing” (#buythemnothing) after receiving some backlash on his feed about his boys not having toys. Well, now he posts pictures of them climbing on things, playing in boxes, or in his studio with paint with the #buythemnothing. I love it. He doesn’t let the critics get him down. Instead, he has fun with it. It’s so refreshing!
His approach to art is also refreshing. He is not the tortured artist type, and he seems to paint without abandon. He paints on anything and everything, just for the fun of it! Well, my husband and I decided we wanted to buy some art for the house, and you know my first request was that I wanted “a Donald“! We hired Kate Bellin to put all the pieces together (thank you, Kate!), and now we get to enjoy this piece every day in the kitchen! It makes for a really great “I spy” game at the dinner table.
For this mama, I could use a daily reminder to be a warrior and not worrier. And for this fashion blogger, I could use some variety in my feed from a refreshing artist who has a happy approach to life and doesn’t let the critics get him down! I’m in!
Who do you follow that inspires you? I need more variety!! My “Instagram situation” is better, but still needs some help!