Feel the en­ergy!

ImagineFX - - Imaginenation Letters -

I turned 60 last year and de­cided to go back to do­ing what I love, so I set up a room for my art stu­dio. My seven-year-old grand­son was vis­it­ing and ex­plained how I could paint on my iPad us­ing ArtRage. Af­ter the first try I fell in love, and I haven’t picked up a brush since.

I’ve been a shaman prac­ti­tioner for over 30 years and use en­ergy pat­terns to con­nect to my stu­dents and clients to find what blocks them from mov­ing for­ward. I’m send­ing you a few sam­ples of in­di­vid­ual en­ergy pat­tern paint­ings. Thank you for al­low­ing me to share. Raven­wolfe Teu, via email Claire replies Thank you for send­ing these in, Raven­wolfe. It’s not ev­ery day I get an email from a shaman! These en­ergy pat­terns are a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into how you use art to com­mu­ni­cate with your clients and vis­ually ex­plain their is­sues and ex­pe­ri­ences.

Mourn­ing the fo­rum

Imag­ineFX is a fan­tas­tic magazine – it’s hands down the best magazine for artists on the mar­ket. It was one of the fac­tors that got me back into art af­ter a very long hia­tus. The sec­ond, how­ever, were your fo­rums.

I’m very dis­ap­pointed with the re­cent de­ci­sion to close down the fo­rums sec­tion of Imag­ineFX.com. A ca­su­alty of this clo­sure was the vi­brant, help­ful com­mu­nity made up of pro­fes­sional and as­pir­ing artists from ev­ery cor­ner of the world that con­trib­uted, cri­tiqued and en­cour­aged. And make no mis­take about it: this was a heavy ca­su­alty. There was a sense of com­mu­nity that I as­so­ci­ated with Imag­ineFX, which no longer ex­ists.

The rea­son I vis­ited the magazine web­site so of­ten was the fo­rums; with­out them, I’m afraid I have no real rea­son to re­turn. The pos­si­bil­ity of in­ter­ac­tion is gone, the friendly ban­ter is gone, as is the con­struc­tive ad­vice that over the years has in­flu­enced me and helped shape my art. I’m not sure what was be­hind the de­ci­sion, but what­ever it was, it has cre­ated a void.

I know that the fo­rums have mi­grated else­where and with them the many ac­quain­tances I made over the past few years. I’ll go there in­stead of Imag­ineFX’s web­site, but now we’re an iso­lated com­mu­nity as op­posed to be­ing part of some­thing big­ger. Imag­ineFX re­mains a beau­ti­ful, shiny car, but the de­ci­sion to close the fo­rums has put an ugly dent in its side.

An­to­nio Fer­nan­dez, via email What I loved about Imag­ineFX was the fo­cus on the art com­mu­nity. The fo­rums were the big­gest rea­son I chose to sub­scribe to Imag­ineFX magazine over other com­pet­ing mag­a­zines. They gave hob­by­ist artists such as my­self the chance to be fea­tured in the magazine.

The com­mu­nity on the fo­rums was like no other fo­rums I’d ever seen. All of the mem­bers on the fo­rums were ded­i­cated to their art and magazine. But now that the fo­rums are gone, there’s no longer any­thing that makes Imag­ineFX stand out from the rest of the mag­a­zines on the shelves.

Imag­ineFX needs to re­con­sider its read­ers. The fo­rums were never ad­ver­tised in the sev­eral years I was there as a mem­ber. The rea­son the fo­rums failed to pro­vide any profit to Imag­ineFX was at the fault of the magazine, not users. Con­sider Imag­ineFX magazine one sub­scriber less. Bad move.

Madi, via email

Claire replies Hello An­to­nio and Madi. We miss the fo­rum too. It cer­tainly was a great place for peo­ple to learn and share their art. The de­ci­sion to close the fo­rum wasn’t ours to make. It was out of our hands. The magazine is still go­ing strong and my team and I work very hard to bring you the best magazine that we can each month. I do be­lieve that what we of­fer is com­pletely un­like any other dig­i­tal art magazine.

The good news is that the great com­mu­nity you speak of still ex­ists, just in another place. The Imag­ineFX fo­rum mod­er­a­tors have cre­ated their own fo­rum, so please go and join the com­mu­nity at

http://cgart­nexus.com, where you’ll be looked af­ter by Kaz, Vol­supa and Banj. Please send them our re­gards.

Here’s an ex­am­ple of an en­ergy pat­tern that Raven­wolfe has vi­su­alised us­ing ArtRage.

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