ArtId Art Blog
by artid , August 31, 2010—12:00 AM
There are some very persuasive statistics and reasons to get out there and blog. The comment I get the most is "I have nothing to blog about." followed directly with "I don't have time to blog." The actual keyboard time involved in blogging is minimal, it's the subject matter we blank out on.
Imagine...you are exhibiting in a gallery or Art Show, what are the most FAQ from viewers? Inquiring minds really do what to know. It makes them feel like they know you or have an inside track on you and your work. Buyers are much more likely to purchase original art if it has a story attached to it. Every time you upload a new piece on your artid site, there is a button that says "blog about this art".
Here are 10 "Starter" tips to get any artist blogging...
1. "Where is that?" If it's a city or landscape write a paragraph about the location, the weather and why you were there.
2. "How long does it take you to complete a work?" Be honest, time spent does not equal quality in any line of work.
3. What kind of blah-di-blah do you use? Mention brand names you do or do not like and why. Write about a new material you are using or why you are sticking to the tried and true.
4. "Where do you get your ideas?" Well, where do you? What sparks your creative energy?
5. "Where did you study?" Once again be honest, did you go to art school, night classes, read books, hang out with other artists and watch?
6. "Do you ever get artists block?" Write about it and what you do to combat it.
7. "Do you teach classes?" Write about your students and classes or, the reasons you don't teach.
8. "My 3 year old could do this, why is it so expensive?" Write about how a 3 year old can't do it and how you price your art. You don't have to be defensive, just explain.
9. "Where else can I see your work?" Write about your show schedule and web site(s).
10. "Can people visit your studio?" This can be fun, write about where you create, on the kitchen table at night, in your giant custom built studio, a room of your own, or your lap... where you create can be as interesting as why you create.
These are a precious few subjects you can write about. A paragraph or two will suffice. You can write about your opinion, your process, your "aha moments", your cat, anything. It's up to you how much of your soul and/or personal information you want to share. Once you get going you will have plenty of ideas.
Blogging. It's good for you.