KEY REASONS TO START AN ART BLOG
Open new ways for your art
Blogging is not easy. Making art is not easy either. Making art and blogging at the same time…well this is a challenge. And I ve been experiencing this for some time myself. There is though some strange force, pulling me to do it and I am sure if you read the list below and spend some time thinking about it; you will quickly see my point. Running an art blog is quite a task, however there are some advantages that totally make it worth your time and effort. Why would you start an art blog then?
Blogging gives you a specific goal
First of all, a rather selfish reason; blogging can give you a specific goal to achieve. Starting an art blog is fun, but also requires you to be able to keep up with producing good content. The only way to do that, is to organise yourself, set specific targets and draw realistic timelines. I accept that art cannot fit within boundaries, deadlines and requirements; having a general plan though really helps. Planning to blog about your work gives you exactly that gentle push you need, to actually finish the work within a reasonable amount of time and present it to people who love your blog and follow you.
Archive, the thing that everyone oversees
If you are a creative person you have probably experienced the frustration of sketching, writing, composing something nice and then losing it. It has happened to me, it has happened to most of us. Even if you try to keep a record of your creations, it is not always very easy to categorise them consistently though time. Blogging about your art allows you to create a digital timeline of your work. You can revisit your articles and work and feel happy about the progress you have made. Also, blogging allows you to easily categorise your work. This way you can easily pick it up where you left it even if in the meanwhile you had a break and decided to create something different.
Here on CHROMA, I started painting; few months later though, sketching dominated my artistic interest. Without the blog, I would be completely cut off my previous work. Now, my recent paintings are all organised and easily accessible, with helpful descriptions that remind me exactly what I did; I can carry on exactly where I left that!
Inspiration, an easy way of getting ideas
Being part of the blog world, gives access to a great source of inspiration. Undeniably, there are other platforms like Instagram or Pinterest that are image oriented and can be very helpful. Those are great, but the lack of adequate space for text explanation is their inherent disadvantage. Rarely, a thorough description available. Blogging, gives you the opportunity to not only see the art works of others, but also read about their ideas, the media and techniques they used, the sources of their inspiration and their aspirations as artists. As a beginner artist this can be a very good starting point for self exploration and experimentation. If you are an experienced artist is good to see what other professionals/experienced of the field are up to.
Feedback and Interaction
Your work and quality as an artist gets exposed through blogging. Others have the chance to see your art and judge or compliment your style. It is not easy and requires a strong character to accept this sort of criticism or constructive feedback. Exhibitions are another fantastic way of getting the same information, however, organising or taking part in an exhibition is not always feasible…blogging is! Give people the opportunity to comment on your work and be open to what they say. These comments will not necessarily define who you are and what you make as an artist. However, they can shed light on areas where you are weak and need to improve or just intrigue you and give ideas for more work.
Blogging is good fun. Is quite challenging and it requires commitment. If you haven’t tried it already though, I think it is totally worth your time and effort! Do give it a go and let everyone on CHROMA know how it goes.
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