Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Painting and Blogging
It is unbelievably nice outside today, so why am I inside blogging? The biggest reason is that I really want this blog to be a fun site for people to visit and read and maybe learn a thing or two about painting, printmaking, the places and things I feature in my art, me and those things combined. In order to do improve my blog and make it the best it can be, I enrolled in a 4-week "Blog Triage" online class with art marketing expert, Alyson Stanfield (http://artbizblog.com) and expert blogger, Cynthia Morris (http://originalimpulseblog.com and http://journeyjuju.com). My fellow "patients" (students) and I will have several assignments each week over the month of April, so you can watch this blog transform!
Our first assignment is to define our ideal readers. I hope the following describes you (but if it doesn't, you are certainly welcome to visit my blog early and often) :
The people who will enjoy this blog the most are those who enjoy the representational landscapes that I paint and post most often. They look forward to seeing the tiny image on Facebook or getting an image of a painting in their inbox because it is a little bit of the natural world on their computer screen. These folks are curious about how my art is created and enjoy a short explanation of my process now and then. Lovers of the outdoors and/or dogs themselves, my readers like brief stories about the scenes depicted in the work or an adventure I had while creating the piece. They want to see my art in person and like knowing where my work will be on display.
By the way, I couldn't help myself -I played outside before I did my blog homework. The image above is one result. "WIP" stands for Work in Progress, so I hope to work on this painting more and may be post the final result another time!