Below you can read the sort of letter which often gets sent to artists asking for advice.
|Churchill's Chair at Chartwell|
coloured pencils on Arches HP, 9" x 12"
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
Hi [artist's name]
Thank you for your kind words about my blog.
You asked whether it's possible to be featured on my blog. I mainly feature:
- either artists who blog. Do you have an art blog?
- or participate in the annual exhibitions of national art societies
Would any of those descriptions fit you?
- or are selected for juried and prestigious art competitions.
Otherwise I'm afraid I get approached all the time and I have to draw the line somewhere - if only to have some time to write my blog!
My main recommendations would be to
- get much bigger images of your artwork online. Those thumbnails are not showing your art to best effect. You don't have to create very large images - but reasonable size pics eg 600 pixels @72 dpi aren't a risk. Plus you could do the odd large one.
- don't use Flash - because lots of people browse the Internet using their iPads and iPads don't do Flash.
- get yourself on Facebook and then create a Facebook Page for your professional presence. You'd be amazed at how important this now is for driving traffic to a website or blog.
- Images work very well for attracting attention - but they do need to be a decent size.
- Crop a bit out of a painting and show it large.
- COMMUNICATE with people. Art does not speak for itself. People want to buy art off artists they know something about. Let people have a little bit of access to you.
- Use a blog or Facebook to talk about your art and what you're doing.
Hope this helps
- Treat a blog and/or Facebook like an opportunity to have a permanent private view online.
Artist and writer Katherine Tyrrell draws and writes about art for artists and art lovers Making A Mark is #3 in the top 25 art blogs in the UK over 2,200,000 visitors, over 4,500,000 pageviews - and counting......Follow Making A Mark on Facebook and Twitter
Note about the drawing:
We've been visiting Chartwell on a regular basis all year and I've been sketching there. I wanted to do a drawing(s) of one or more aspects. This is a first attempt at the little island in the lake where Churchill sat to read and paint. I've been fiddling around with this drawing for a few days and can't decide whether or not it's finished and/or how it might be improved. So it's going up on the blog so I can see better what needs doing. Feel free to crit. I'll give you a hint - I'm not entirely happy with it and need to see how to improve it in another version. [PS I'm currently preoccupied with a project and "who's made a mark this week" will be along later - maybe much later(!) - today.]