Blog / 2021 / We Are All Influencers

August 31, 2021

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You’ve got one more day to become a back-to-school influencer when it comes to promoting mask wearing in a fun way!

For more about why we influence each other, check out this post, and, to be influenced by the tiger artwork in person, you can go to the Princeton Public Library where this painting is on display through the end of the month. You can even get your own personal tiger while you’re there!

Letter Love
Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon
Princeton, NJ 08542

Open: EXTENDED through September 30th
Hours: 10a to at least 5p every day except Sunday, when it’s 1p to 5p

The original painting is for sale for $3000 plus shipping—see all currently available artworks. There are prints and pretty things with this image in my Redbubble shop.

tiger swimming underwater wearing a glass globe helmet surrounded by a seaweed jungle and fish, surreal painting by New Jersey artist Gwenn Seemel
Gwenn Seemel
Explorer (Water Tiger)
acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches

When you’re forty and still an artist, you are, by default, an influencer. Not the kind that shows up at a fancy coffee shop expecting a free drink because of their ginormous social media following, but the kind that actually changes the behavior of people around them. Making creativity your priority every day even though you live in a society that makes the artist’s life outrageously difficult: that is a powerful gesture.

But it’s not just artists. There’s something about being forty, fifty, sixty, or older and doing whatever you are doing that has an impact on those around you. We all set examples for each other, and especially as we age.

Sometimes you’re a model for something positive, like when you refuse to give up on art or when you inspire others to take more walks because they see you out there all the time, walking through their neighborhood.

Sometimes it’s more negative, like the couple that fell apart a few years after one of them had an accident and almost died because the other was too scared to keep investing real effort in the relationship after they almost lost their partner. When I heard that story, I vowed to never be those people. I vowed to never stop loving my people as hard as I can even if it might hurt more later.

Bad or good, every little thing we do influences those around us. We change the world just by swimming along, doing our thing. So I guess the question is: how do you want to swim? Because—no pressure—but you are definitely influencing me right now.

This video is made with love and microdonations from my community!

tiger wearing a glass globe helmet
detail image of Explorer (Water Tiger)

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