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A Class For Artists Who Blog

So, I decided to sign up for the Blog Triage online class which promises to help me maintain a healthy blog.  It is a class geared mostly towards artists who have a blog that is in need of a boost, but I think that some of the lessons we will learn can be applied to most other blogs too.

The class is being taught by Alyson Stanfield of the ArtBizBlog and Cynthia Morris of the Original Impulse Blog, both of whom know a whole lot about blogging and helping creatives to get the most out of their own blogs.

As part of the first piece of homework we are asked to blog about the type of people we would like to visit and read our blogs.  I’ve been thinking about this and although it makes me feel a bit uncomfortable talking about who my ideal reader would be, I’ll have a go anyway:

  • Interested in Art
  • Interested in Mind/Body/Spirit
  • Artists/Creatives
  • Bloggers
  • Collectors
  • Fans

So there is my list, which of course is not intended to exclude anybody and is not exhaustive!  I know it sounds a bit abrupt as well but like I said, it made me feel a bit uncomfortable to specify like that and I guess I’m just scared that some of you may run off because you don’t fit into the categories above!

The second part of the assignment is to think about what I want to get out of blogging.  This part I found much easier to write so here goes:

  • To be able to freely share my art
  • To provide me with regular fans of my art who like to read and comment
  • To learn how to talk comfortably and confidently about my art
  • To share my process as an artist
  • To encourage others to share their art too and learn to talk about it
  • To encourage others on their own creative journeys through sharing mine
  • To keep fans and collectors updated about my work

I doubt that the above is a complete list but it’s certainly what occurs to me right now!

Happy Hearts Original Watercolour ACEO © Stacey-Ann Cole 2012

It seems to me that some of us may start blogging because everyone else is doing it and everyone says it’s a really good idea.  But I think starting with those questions above is probably a good exercise to complete before launching a blog for the first time.  It may help with finding things to blog about and maintaining consistency if you think beforehand about why you want to blog and who your audience is.  I’m hoping that it will help me in this way too.

If you have a blog, have you ever thought about your blog in this way?  Do you know who you want as an ideal reader and do you know what you want out of blogging?  Let me know by commenting below please!

Watercolour Fashion Illustrations on Etsy

There’s something about fashion illustrations, especially watercolour ones, that I really love. I’m not a fashionista by any means, when I look at fashion illustrations, I rarely notice the clothes at all and my admiration of it never really comes out in in my own art.

I think that it is my love of faces and the human figure in art that draws me to fashion illustration.  The angles of the head and the posture of the body really fascinate me in a similar way that figure drawing does. I think maybe if I enrolled in a figure drawing class I may really enjoy it and it may help me to experiment a bit more with my own art.

I notice many fashion illustrations when I’m browsing on Etsy nowadays and I’ve chosen some of my favourites below – in watercolour of course!‘Violet and Blue Hues’ © Esther Bayer 2011

Isn’t this gorgeous?  I love the easy flow of colour around her head which reminds me of an afro!

‘Julie Christie’ Limited Edition Print © Cate Parr 2011

I love the above illustration because of how simply and beautifully it is done. The face is delicate and the surrounding blocks of shapes actually show many colours melting into each other.  This melting of colours together is one of the things that I really like about watercolour paints.

‘Royal Refined’ © Leigh Viner 2011

I really love the contrast between her face and the bright splash of colour on her clothes. And her eyes are just lovely!

I may try some of the contrast between simple lines and splashes of colour in my own artwork soon.  This post has totally inspired me!