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Unveiling the Brushstrokes: The What, Why, and How of Art Blogs

Updated: Dec 24, 2023

"...be true to yourself and your passions. Your artistic voice is a reflection of your unique perspective and experiences." ~ 8 min read


 

Instagram: @getngivecrafts

Author: A. Grandbois


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A chihuahua dressed in pj's sitting down. There is writing that reads, "hand drawn and painted. Coming soon."
Work In Progress - Digital Portrait - by A. Grandbois

As digital media continues to thrive, artists have more platforms than ever to showcase their work and connect with other creatives. Let's explore the benefits and process of creating an art blog. It is perfect for those seeking to showcase their talent or appreciate the beauty of art. So join us, and let's uncover the secrets of art blogging together!


Embarking on an Artistic Journey: What is an Art Blog?


Art blogs are online havens where artists worldwide can connect, share their creative process, and showcase their work. (You are reading one right now!) They offer a platform for artists to express their unique perspectives, thoughts, and emotions through their artwork.

  • To start your art blog, the first step is to decide on the type of art you want to focus on, whether it be canvas, acrylic, oil painting, or any other form of artistic expression. I work with acrylic and oil paint and recently challenged myself to master digital realism. Please see my progress photo above and let me know what you think! (I also posted a few of my paintings in my gallery! I'm working on a few projects to add more soon!)

  • Once you have chosen your artistic medium, the next step is to pick a memorable name that represents your style and is easy to find for your audience. We choose to use "GetnGiveCrafts" (I will explain our company name in a future blog post, so stay tuned!). Our logo is two capitalized "g's" with the word "crafts" accompanying it. a.k.a. "G.G. Crafts".

  • After establishing your niche and name - set up your platform. There are website builders and blogging platforms available that are customizable and user-friendly. They can allow you to create a visually appealing and functional blog. Wix powers our website and blog.

  • Consistently updating your blog with new content is the key to success. The frequency of your posts depends on your schedule and creative process, with some artists choosing to post once a week and others posting whenever they finish a new piece. Whatever your schedule, staying consistent and engaged with your audience is crucial.

An art blog is not only about showcasing your work. It is also a platform for sharing your artistic journey, insights, and inspirations. Be authentic and let your blog reflect your vision. Engaging with fellow artists and embracing the art community is equally crucial. Never be afraid to pursue your dreams, even if it is a long and challenging journey. With a lot of patience, positivity, and perseverance, you can create a digital sanctuary that inspires and empowers you and your audience.


Taking the First Steps: Finding Your Artistic Voice


Finding your artistic voice is an exhilarating and personal journey. It is the essence of what sets you apart as an artist, and it's crucial to nurture and cultivate this voice as you embark on your art blog. So, how do you take the first steps in discovering your artistic voice?

(Check out our first YouTube Channel Launch Video! --->)

  • First and foremost, embrace experimentation! Trying out different techniques, materials, and subjects is the key to exploring your artistic potential. Don't be afraid to make mistakes or take risks. Allow yourself the freedom to play. You may be surprised at the outcome!

  • Another important aspect is finding inspiration. Seek out other artists whose work resonates with you, both contemporary and historical. Study their techniques, themes, and philosophies. This exploration will help you refine your style and artistic voice.

  • It's also crucial to carve out time for self-reflection. Set aside moments for quiet contemplation, and allow yourself to connect with your emotions, thoughts, and experiences. This self-awareness will inform your artistic choices and deepen your creative expression.

  • Furthermore, practice and consistency are vital. Devote regular time to creating art, even for a few minutes daily. The more you immerse yourself in the creative process. The more your artistic voice will evolve and flourish.

  • Don't be afraid to research other artist's work, or learn from past artists for inspiration! Since using Instagram and other social platforms, I have been able to connect to a variety of artists who inspired me!

  • Lastly, be true to yourself and your passions. Your artistic voice is a reflection of your unique perspective and experiences. Trust in your intuition and embrace your individuality. Don't compare yourself to others or seek validation from external sources. Stay positive, be patient, and believe in the power of your art!


Showcasing Your Art: Tips and Tricks for Photography and Editing


Capturing the essence and beauty of your artwork through photography and editing is an essential aspect of showcasing your creativity. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting, here are some tips and tricks to help you create visually stunning images of your work.

An acrylic painting of a fox, standing and watching a forest of fire. There are flowers in the foreground to signify not all is lost.
Illustrative Recreation by A. Grandbois
  • Lighting is a crucial element when it comes to photographing your artwork. Opt for natural light because it will bring vibrant colors and textures to the forefront. If possible, set up in a well-lit area of your home. Or consider creating a small studio space with soft, diffused lighting. Be mindful of harsh shadows and glares, and adjust your artwork's positioning to minimize these elements.

  • Using a high-quality camera is equally important. Smartphones can be just as good and can be edited to enhance quality and intricate textures, so don't feel the urgency to buy a fancy camera!

  • After capturing your artwork, it's time to edit the images. Various editing software options are available, from basic free programs to more advanced paid ones. We like to use Adobe Photoshop Express and or PhotoPea. Experiment with different techniques, such as adjusting brightness and contrast, cropping for balance, and enhancing colors to enhance your piece's vibrancy.

  • Presentation is another aspect to consider when showcasing your artwork. Mounting your work on a clean, neutral background can provide a professional and cohesive look. Framing your pieces is another option to enhance their visual appeal.


Remember, the goal is to present your art in its best light. Don't be afraid to seek inspiration from other artists' blogs or online tutorials. With patience and practice, your art blog can become a visual gallery that shows your artistic talent and creativity!


Finding Your Rhythm: How Often to Post on Your Art Blog


One common question when starting an art blog is how often to post. The frequency of your posts depends on various factors, including your schedule, creative process, and audience engagement. So, how do you find your rhythm and determine the ideal posting schedule for your art blog?

  • Firstly, consistency is the key. Regularly updating your blog with fresh content is essential to keep your audience engaged and returning for more. It shows dedication and commitment to your craft. While some artists post once a week, others may opt for a different schedule. Ultimately, it's about finding what works best for you. (I am trying to commit to a 1-2 week post schedule).

  • Consider your creative process. What if you are a prolific artist who creates multiple pieces weekly? You might consider posting more frequently to showcase your latest works. On the other hand, if you spend more time on each artwork, it may be more realistic to post once every week or two. Quality over quantity is very important, so make sure each post is well-crafted and thoughtfully presented.

  • Additionally, take into account your audience's preferences. Do they enjoy frequent updates and seeing your progress? Or do they prefer longer, more in-depth posts with insights into your artistic journey? (Please let me know in the comments below!) Engage with your audience through comments and surveys to better understand their expectations and adjust your posting schedule accordingly.

  • Lastly, remember that an art blog is not just about showcasing your finished artwork. It's also a platform to share your thoughts, inspirations, and artistic processes. Consider supplementing your posts with behind-the-scenes content, tutorials, or articles that delve deeper into your techniques. This variety can help keep your blog fresh and provide a balanced mix of content for your audience to enjoy.


Finding your rhythm with your art blog may take trial and error, but it's part of developing your online presence as an artist. Experiment with different posting schedules, listen to your audience, and most importantly, enjoy the process of sharing your passion for art with the world.


My Journey from Canvas to Blog: How Art Changed My Life


Impressionistic portrait of a winter scene in pink purple and lavender tones. There is a black stream and bridge. The painting expresses isolation and the comfort within it.
Oil Portrait by A. Grandbois

Art has been transformative in my life. It started with a brushstroke, igniting my passion for creation. I experimented with different mediums and techniques, each piece reflecting my experiences and emotions. I started an art blog to share my work and connect with others. Through it, I have found a supportive community that has enriched my artistic growth. Art has taught me patience and resilience. It has given me the power of self-expression and a sense of purpose. It can heal, inspire, and transform lives.


Please let me know your thoughts on my work, "Solace"... I painted this in 2019 using oil paint using the colors, pink, lavender, and peachy purple. I contrasted this with the black bridge, stream, and winter trees in the background. This painting expresses isolation and the comfort within it.


Building a Community: Chatting and Learning Together


Building a community takes time and effort, but the rewards are immeasurable. By fostering connections, engaging in conversations, and providing opportunities for learning and growth, you can create a thriving art community that supports and uplifts artists from all walks of life. So, embrace the power of community, and let your art blog become a vibrant hub of creativity, connection, and inspiration.


Artistic Inspirations: Discovering New Artists and Styles


Artistic inspirations are a vital part of an artist's journey. Discovering new artists and styles can provide fresh perspectives, spark creativity, and push artistic boundaries. So, how can you find artistic inspiration and expand your creative horizons?


By actively seeking artistic inspiration and exposing yourself to different styles and artists, you can expand your artistic vocabulary, discover new techniques, and find your unique artistic voice. So, embrace the world of art blogs, explore galleries and exhibitions, and connect with fellow artists. Your artistic journey can be enriched and inspired by what you discover.


Art as Therapy: Using Your Blog to Heal and Grow


Art is a powerful therapeutic tool, and your art blog can be the canvas for healing and growth.


  • Firstly, your blog offers a non-judgmental space to express emotions. Through your art and posts, delve into thoughts, experiences, and feelings, providing a therapeutic outlet for processing challenges, be it grief, anxiety, or daily struggles.

  • Additionally, your blog becomes a tool for personal growth. Share your journey, insights, and challenges to connect with others and foster your own evolution as an artist. Use it to set goals, document progress, and celebrate achievements, embracing feedback from readers and fellow artists.

  • Finally, your art blog becomes a wellspring of inspiration for others facing struggles. Share your artistic process and the therapeutic benefits of art, inspiring others on their creative journeys. Your vulnerability creates a community, assuring others they're not alone in their experiences.


In conclusion, your art blog can be a powerful tool for personal healing and growth. Use it as a safe space to explore and express your emotions, set goals, and connect with a supportive community. Let your art blog become a sanctuary for yourself and others, where art is not just a form of self-expression but also a transformative force for healing and empowerment.


I encourage you to share your artistic journey with us! Whether you are just starting or you are a seasoned artist, we would love to hear about your process and see your work. Share your story on social media using the hashtag #MyArtisticJourney and tag us @GetnGiveCrafts. Let's inspire and empower each other as we continue to create and grow in our artistic endeavors.


With artistic fervor,


A. Grandbois

(Artist and Co-owner of GetnGiveCrafts)


P.S. We launched our YouTube Channel! If you are interested in watching announcements, timelapse videos, business updates, and exclusive sneak peeks into the mesmerizing world of soap making and more! Join us on our YouTube Channel @GetnGiveCrafts for a journey filled with creativity and behind-the-scenes magic! Don't miss out - subscribe, like, and stay tuned for the craftiest content by Mr. G. and I.


If you would like to follow my artwork or communicate with me, please feel free to send us a message or email me at getngivecrafts@gmail.com. We post to our @getngivecrafts Instagram and Facebook accounts and can be reached there. Thank you for your time and for reading my post today!



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