One night, a girl had a dream. She dreamed of a Twitter account that was nothing but art. Every painting and sculpture correctly attributed (and if possible, dated), with the most high-quality image available. The girl searched and searched the entire Twitterverse for such an account, but much to her disappointment, none could be found.
So finally the girl decided, “If I can’t find what I’m looking for… I’ll make it myself.”
And so, on January 22, 2017, my second Twitter page, @ArtistsOfBeauty, was created.
Dominus Venustas is Latin for “masters of beauty” — the @username I wanted for this new account. Both @DominusVenustas AND @MastersOfBeauty was already taken. *sighs* Of course.
But, c’est la vie! I could still use Dominus Venustas for the account title, and I decided on @ArtistsOfBeauty for the username. Not exactly what I wanted, but it does the job.
As of writing this blog post, I have 83 followers. It’s been slow going, but I have to admit… while I make a point of tweeting a work of art every day, that’s about ALL I manage to do over there. I still favour my personal account, @WendyLovesJesus, and spend the majority of time tweeting and interacting with people from it.
I can’t tell you how long I’ve wanted to do this — start a second Twitter page that would focus on just one topic. Anyone who follows this blog knows what an eclectic mix of subjects I enjoy, and my Twitter page is no different. But I have a strong love of many things — strong enough that I could easily talk about any one of them exclusively.
Should I start a classic TV shows account? Maybe Scooby Doo? Monsters? Retro horror? B-Grade horror? Vintage ads and illustrations? Homemaking? There were just so many possibilities!
And you’d be surprised how hard it is to find accounts that cover the things I just mentioned. I mean good accounts, where the curator puts in the time and effort to research the topic and gather good quality images, interacts like an actual person, and tweets on a fairly regular basis. And doesn’t just recycle their content once every few weeks. I followed a retro movie quotes account one time, and after two weeks, they just started reposting the exact same quotes they’d already done!
If there were ten of me, I’d start ALL the accounts listed above. But alas, I’m only one person and I’m a busy person at that, so I had to choose.
It wasn’t too difficult a choice to go with art. When it came right down to it, THAT was what I felt was lacking the most on Twitter, and what I most wanted to see. Sure, you can find pages that tweet artwork, but I’ve seen enough misattributed works, and horrible quality thumbnail images, that I’d like to rip my hair out.
And ugly paintings! I know, beauty is subjective. What one person finds lovely, another will find repulsive. But so much of what I was seeing was modern, abstract, and just not nice to look at. At least I didn’t want to look at it.
So you know what they say: If you want something done right, do it yourself!
I love my art account. And I think I run it more for myself than anyone else. It’s like I’m creating my own little database — my own gallery — of artwork; organized and arranged just how I want it. I sometimes pair works with appropriate quotes, and I observe many trending hashtags, doing my best to relate them back to art. I mark the births and deaths of artists, both famous and lesser known, and strive to highlight more obscure works from well-known painters.
I also occasionally promote tweets and artwork between my two pages — something I’m looking forward to doing more often now that I’m publicly linking the accounts. The only downside to this new art page has been that I don’t tweet as many art-related things from my personal page anymore! I’m excited to cross-promote more than ever now.
So if the page gains new followers? Fellow art enthusiasts who appreciate classical compositions and Renaissance revery? Well and good! All are more than welcome to enjoy it along with me. Like anyone, I would like my newest endeavour to be a huge success, but I am pleased with my (currently) 83 followers too!
If the page never grows into some amazing, 10,000+ follower masterpiece, I won’t be too disappointed. Because at the end of the day, I’M the one who needs to be happy with this. I’m the one putting in the work (and it IS work — finding high quality images and gathering proper attributions, and searching for dates; you cannot trust other people’s shoddy captions), and what’s the whole reason for doing this work? Because I love art! I want to look at beautiful paintings and learn about different artists. I want to discover forgotten masterpieces and put them out there for the rest of the world to see too.
So @ArtistsOfBeauty is truly a labour of love. And if any of you feel like coming on board this fantastic journey into the world of fine art with me? Please do pop over to Twitter and give the page a follow. I will be most appreciative! Unlike my monthly #SundayScripture feature here on the blog, my Twitter page covers almost all types of paintings and sculptures, not just religious ones. Yes, you are going to see Bouguereau’s Virgin Mary, Botticelli’s angels, and details from Jan Van Eyck’s Ghent altarpiece; but you’ll also find Vincent’s sunflowers, The Group of Seven’s Canadian landscapes, and Georges Seurat’s Sunday afternoon in Paris.
All are welcome and I hope to see you there! 😊