Meetup group. You can find meetups about almost anything...or you can start your own. I've seen them used for groups that just want to hang out together, for people trying to start up a business, and for people offering classes. I recently joined a meetup about turning your hobby into a business. I met a sculpture artist, two painters, a photographer, a zentangle instructor, a fung shui instructor, a stained glass artist and a glass slumping artist. The meetup was led by Debra Wilson Guttas of http://www.youniquegems.com/ . Debra is an amazing woman who left a corporate job to travel coast to coast in a motor home selling her handmade jewelry at art shows. I intend to tell you more about what our group is learning from her in my future posts. Debra says if your inner circle disapproves...just don't go there, find other support.
Jonna Faulkner who does beautiful Art Clay Silver work. Incidentally, I met Jonna because I asked her husband Steve Rossman to do some professional photos for me. That's just one example of how the connections you make build on top of one another and ever widen your circle. At the class I met a potter and a naturopath who dabbles in just about everything he can. If there are no classes to take, why not teach one? You meet fellow creatives either way.
You can also do shows. Many of our previous posts on this site talk about the wonderful camaraderie at shows and making lifelong friends with fellow show artists.
Making art can be isolating. How do you make connections that sustain, inspire and motivate you?