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How would you like to spread a little Christmas cheer?

We all like to be appreciated, don’t we? I know I do—and since this IS the season of giving, I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of the best way to share some appreciation with others.

Eventually I just decided to ask for help from all of you. :)

So here’s my request:

If there’s an artist whose work you really enjoy, or an art blog that you always visit, or some other art/design/craft website you couldn’t live without. . . please take a brief moment to write in to EE and tell us why.

Better yet, don’t just stop at one—that may be too tough to decide. Go ahead and pick your top three.

Your email doesn’t have to be anything fancy or long-winded. Just include a link to your three favorites and explain in a few sentences or paragraphs what makes each of them so great to you.

Then, every day this week, I’ll pick at least one person’s entry and post it on EmptyEasel.com—probably more than one per day because I’ll try to get to everyone. If there are enough submissions I may even extend this up through Christmas.

This isn’t a contest so there won’t be any prizes or voting for a winner or anything like that, although if you have your own website I WILL credit your entry with a link back to you just for participating. . . instead I’d like to think of this more like internet’s version of Christmas caroling. Letting people know they’re appreciated. :)

So whenever you find a spare moment during the week, feel free to drop in and check out everyone’s favorite artists and websites. And if you’ve got time now, click here to send me your favorites (or email EmptyEasel@gmail.com) and let’s get started!

Plus, if you missed last week’s articles, here they are once more.

The Art of the Demo: How to Successfully Give a Live Painting Demonstration

Two Reasons Why Values (Lights and Darks) Are so Important in Paintings

Sean Chuplis: Aerial Photography and World-wide Travel Photos

How to Optimize Your Blog Archives for Google and other Search Engines

Self-Marketing for Artists: 4 Time-Tested Tips from the Business World

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Merry Christmas everyone! If you dropped by EmptyEasel last week you know that we've been inviting EE readers send in their favorite artists or art websites. The response was incredible, with a lot of great recommendations—and since there were too many to post in just seven days, I'm including the rest of them today. 1. From Ester Wilson at . . . read more

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