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The Mind Block Weekly Spotlights - Issue #1

The Mind Block Weekly Spotlights
The Mind Block Weekly Spotlights
Huge greetings and welcome to the first issue ever of The Mind Block Weekly Spotlights!
For those of you who haven’t heard about us yet, we’re a small family consisting of artists, collectors, all-kinds of art-lovers and Web3 friends!
Without further ado, let us explain what’s going on here!
The Mind Block Weekly Spotlight is all about mainly three things!
We’re here to listen to the stories of artists of all art genres and assist them to convey their message to you fellow collectors and creators.
Also we will be hearing the stories of our Web3 collectors as well, to create a better understanding for artists on how to reach and touch them. And to raise the awareness of the support and value collectors putting into the community!
And lastly, we will be sharing the weekly artworks bought and artists supported as the Mind Block Family!
Before we get to it, we would like to remind you that the Mind Block team consists of artists as well and we have already launched two collections! If you would like to give us support on our journey to uplift and support 1/1 artists and their valuable art, you can always contribute to our secondary sales on our OpenSea, drop by our Discord and get to know the artists in the fam and even support their art by yourself!

"The Entropy" - The Cubes of Infinity Collection
"The Entropy" - The Cubes of Infinity Collection
Let’s do this! Enjoy your time here!
Your fellow story-teller
@Cletelcharnal of the Mind Block
The Artist Spotlight
This week we have three absolutely talented and creative artists in the house! Let’s welcome Tapan Sheth, Fi and Fer Caggiano!
Tapan Sheth
Who are you? Tell us about yourself!
I am a wildlife and nature photographer from India, and I always try to tell stories through my photographs. I have been into photography for the last 10 years. 
Tapan Sheth
Tapan Sheth
What inspires you? What does your art mean to you? What does it represent?
There are many things that inspire me, but if I have to choose one, I must say nature which really inspires me to create beautiful stories through my camera, it also allows me the opportunity to show the unseen world to the people and allows me to present my art through photography.
It’s my passion for nature to cover it with nature and let it show and offer me moments to capture. A way to tell a story, to teach and educate people to see what I have seen, and spread awareness of how wonderful the wilderness is. 
Wildlife photography is a genre for me that represents emotions that each picture carries, it also represents hidden gems of the unseen world, documenting wildlife in their natural habitat ,and storytelling through pictures as I capture or view it, sometimes I feel that some of the pictures also represent my story as well. 
How do you make your art? Materials, techniques, inner sights etc. What motivates you?
My art consists of capturing moments. First is to carry your patience as wildlife photography is all about. Also being an Ethical Wildlife Photographer, I respect the animals and their environment. Sometimes you are super lucky and sometimes you are not. I love to shoot animals in their habitat so I can present the stories. Also the right choice of camera, lenses and best thing to know the subject well. So all these have to be in favor, which makes my art complete.
That feeling of capturing something new is what motivates me. Being one with the wilderness, being closest to mother nature as I can be. 
Imagine everyone will read this. What would you like to say to people who would be interested in your art?
My childhood love affair with wildlife, it is an experience which man cannot construct. Once it is gone, it is gone forever. I would insist that everyone should experience the real wealth of natural wilderness, the adrenaline of Wildlife. And for those who cannot, I will be the one who is the eyes and ears of a million people who do not get the opportunity to experience the adrenaline of wildlife.
More about Tapan Sheth: Website, Instagram
Fi
Who are you? Tell us about yourself!
My name is F. H. Rowell which is short for Fionnuala Hanahoe Rowell and everyone in the NFT Community knows me as Fi! I am a visual artist from Ireland working in lots of different mediums and I often like to mix traditional art mediums like painting and drawing with 3D digital techniques. I have been practicing as a visual artist since I graduated from the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) in Dublin in 2009 and I joined the NFT space about a year ago.
Fi
Fi
What inspires you? What does your art mean to you? What does it represent?
I am inspired by simple processes that we encounter in the world around us: noticing a leaf blowing in the wind, hearing the sound of the rain, observing blossom petals falling to the ground, watching and listening to the ocean waves. I like to focus in on, abstract and amplify these moments in order to offer a chance to connect to a fundamental rhythm that is often obscured by modern life.
How do you make your art? Materials, techniques, inner sights etc. What motivates you?
Making art for me is very much a process. I like to experiment with whatever materials I am using, traditional or digital, and let a work develop rather than having a fixed outcome in mind. I often get ideas (or starting points) for my next artwork while making whichever one I am currently working on. I know an artwork is working if I am enthusiastic about it and I feel an emotional connection to it. I am very motivated by the possibilities of new technologies in art-making and how physical and virtual spaces can interact to create entirely new creative experiences. I am also excited about how I can bring my past experience as a more traditional artist to this space and develop my skills further.
Imagine everyone will read this. What would you like to say to people who would be interested in your art?
For people who are interested in my work I would like to say thank you! It is always wonderful to make a sale in the NFT space but it is also really nice for me to hear feedback from people that they have connected to my artworks in some way. That is really rewarding and I am really grateful for it.
More about Fi: Linktr.ee
Fer Caggiano
Who are you? Tell us about yourself!
I am Fer Caggiano. Brazilian-born artist living in the USA. I’ve been a full-time artist for 20+ years and a collector for just as long. I consider myself a multi-disciplinary artist navigating several mediums, always searching for the perfect path to execute a vision.
Fer Caggiano
Fer Caggiano
What inspires you? What does your art mean to you? What does it represent?
Life!
I see inspiration everywhere. I look around and I see compositions, colors, lines in every direction.
I believe art is all about creating a shift in mindset and thinking. If a person is uneasy, art can bring peace. If someone feels stagnant, art can make them move. Every painting is a portal, with the ability to transport people to a different mindset, triggering a set of emotions, whether bringing the observer to a peaceful place or encouraging their minds to venture into new ideas.
How do you make your art? Materials, techniques, inner sights etc. What motivates you?
My primary medium is oil, although I venture on watercolors, photography, videography. Honestly anything that I find useful to express an idea.
Recently since joining the NFT community I have been a lot more motivated to create digitally so my most recent pieces are all done on my iPad.
I see art as a catalyst to promote change. I have a calling to use my art as a voice for the greater good. I am constantly working on projects that support causes I believe in, such as equality and environmental sustainability.
Imagine everyone will read this. What would you like to say to people who would be interested in your art?
When you support my art, you support my mission. Do reach out if you have questions and would like to know more.
More about Fer Caggiano: Lynkfire
The Collector Spotlight
We are proud to host one of the most supporting and artist-friendly collector of all times. The one and only Gary Sumner has agreed to answer our questions. Enjoy!
Gary Sumner (Sendrock)
Who are you? Tell us about yourself!
My name is Gary Sumner, aka Sendrock. I have been a blockchain enthusiast and professional for many years, and more recently have become heavily involved in the NFT Space as a collector and artist. I’m told that I am unique amongst collectors of 1/1 NFT artwork due to the fact that I actually communicate with artists, and do what I can to mentor and advise them on how to become more successful in their trade.
Sendrock - Web 2 vs. Web 3
Sendrock - Web 2 vs. Web 3
What makes you buy an art piece? Why do you think a piece is valuable?
I buy art for one of four reasons. The first reason being, I see a piece of art and it instantly speaks to me and I simply buy it without thinking twice, based on the intense personal connection to the work. The second reason I may choose to buy an NFT is that I see it, and do not initially purchase it, but I find myself thinking about it and coming back to look at it and eventually it wears me down. The third reason I will purchase a piece of art, which is the most common reason, is that I find myself in communication with the artist themselves and become invested in them as a person and professional and if I believe in their potential and story, I want to support them and will buy one or more of their artworks and help promote them a little. The fourth and final reason is if I believe an artist’s works are about to become more valuable due to some alpha… and so if I believe this strongly enough I will purchase their art to sell on the secondary market for a profit. 
from Sendrock's personal collection
from Sendrock's personal collection
GAIA - WoW Goddesses by @_r0yart
Imagine you’ll be heard by every artist on the Earth. What would you tell them as a collector?
I would tell them that in order to be successful in today’s NFT space, being purely “an artist” is simply not enough. In this web3 interwoven and noisy space, the only artists who are successful are those who are excellent networkers. You need to be ruthless in reaching out to and befriending collectors, and learning how to endear them to your story. If you cannot make collectors like you and want to support you as a person, your sales will be few and far between. Get good at fielding rejection and remaining positive and persistent, because it takes months or a year to have made the necessary inroads with collectors to create a dependable income, and that’s if your art is amazing.
from Sendrock's personal collection
from Sendrock's personal collection
Is there anything you like to add? Any advice, complaints, inner sights for the citizens of Web3?
There is a lot of copycat artists out there, constantly being caught for stealing work. Don’t be one of those people. The best artists have an unquenchable thirst for creating. Even if making art is not such a base urge, you can still be successful if you dedicate yourself to your craft, push the envelope, and create unique works which become definable as “your style”. It is good to explore various mediums and styles early in your career, but as you gain experience, it is important to become recognizable.
from Sendrock's collection
from Sendrock's collection
Sendrock Glyph : Origin - Sendrock Genesis by Sendrock
The Mind Block Weekly Artist Support
As you know we have completed our first week of our artist support as we promised.
For those who don’t know, as the Mind Block Family, we have launched a collection under the name of “The Cubes of Infinity” and dedicated some of the primary sales and all of the secondary sales to supporting of 1/1 artists of the NFT Space.
Our selection team members, Lovely, Dangros.eth, Gary Sumner, Serc1n, Ashu have voted with the precious contribution of our guest selection team member of the week, Robyn.
Here’s the chosen artwork and the artist, ladies and gentlemen of the NFT space!
"Serenity" by Nitesh Kharpuriya
Serenity is a state of mind where we feel completely alive. It is a state where we don’t have any thought in our mind, we can feel our every breath, we can feel our heart beats.
River, sunrise, lake, mountains are the things that always give me a feeling of peace and serenity.
Hey Sunrise, thank you very much for giving me hope for a new beginning.
Hey Mountains, thank you very much for teaching me to stand fearlessly in any situation.
Hey Lake, thank you very much for teaching me a lesson of stillness.
And hey Nature, thank you very much for being a source of my serenity and peace.
If you’re a 1/1 artist, make sure you join our discord and submit your 1/1 artworks between Monday 9 AM GMT and Friday 9 PM GMT. All the information you need can be found on the Mind Block Discord.
That’s all for this week! See you next time!
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