Should Artists Have Their Own Blogs?

Professionals artists and novices alike would agree: art lends itself to solitude. From the studio to the gallery—both creating and viewing art tends to be an individualized experience. But is this a necessity of the field, or just a bad habit?

Art blogs help artists to reach beyond the canvas or the computer screen and to make contact with thousands of other creatives all across the world.

Many artists have done just this. Blogging provides any creative-minded individual the opportunity to share their work with the world at large. Blogging, combined with social media and online art communities offers artists a unique opportunity for self-promotion, expanded viewership, and ultimately, contacts with buyers.

Although galleries are still important to the professional artist, gone are the days of galleries and exhibition as the primary means of sharing and selling art. Today, online art communities like finearttips.com, conceptart.org, and behance.net allow artists to showcase their best work. But individual blogs have their place as well in connecting the artist to a larger community of viewers, fans, and fellow artists. While most artists strive to create finished pieces ready for display and sale, the creative process itself is equally, if not more important.

Blogs allow artists to show works-in-progress. Thus the artist can receive feedback and criticism before the work is finalized, make changes, and contemplate new ideas and suggestions. Posting works-in-progress on blogs can also help budding artists learn about new artistic techniques and see the creative process from start to finish as presented by the more experienced blogger.

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“Western Summer” ©2011 LMcNee

Tutorials, essays, and experiments are extremely valuable in revealing details about the process of art creation that is all too often overshadowed by final pieces. Perfection is certainly laudable. But sometimes the bad ideas are as revealing, interesting, and thought provoking as the good. The artist can see what parts of his creative process work, what parts don’t, and why. But artists’ blogs need not only showcase personal works. A creative mind sees the world in a different way, and an artist blogger brings a unique perspective to other artwork, current events, and other forms of creative expression.

A blog like Book Paper Scissors is a collection of some of the most unique illustration being created today by both professionals and casual artists. Such blogs not only provide budding illustrators with publicity, but also present a fascinating picture of the zeitgeist of modern illustration. Glancing over Book Paper Scissors reveals a common love of complex line work, simple but vibrant colors, and odd cutout type shapes.

Art Hound, another artist blog, not only displays the bloggers’ work, but also offers a unique service that pairs buyers with art that would fit with the design and style of their home. Individualized services like this help connect lay people with ‘good art’ and also bring the artists revenue.

So, if you are an artist and wondering ‘why blog?’, consider this:

  • Blogging can help bring the world to your art, and your art to the world.
  • It can help share your unique perspective on the world as a creative individual.
  • It allows you to connect with budding artists and become a mentor, role model, and teacher. It can broaden your artistic horizons, teach you new things about art creation, but more importantly, about your own work.

So, should artists write blogs? No—not just write—but illustrate, design, and create a blog? Emphatically—yes!

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Guest author: Blogging expert and SEO genius, Yan Susanto Yan and I met on Twitter a few years ago. I was really impressed with his blogging knowledge and friendly advice. He and I have remained good friends and I am grateful he took time away from his busy schedule to share some great tips with my readers and me.

Yan Susanto has retired from blogging scene to focus on behind-the-scene SEO gigs for a group of private clienteles. Some of his latest works involve e-commerce sites that capitalize on the growing popularity of Kindle covers and Kinect Games. Thank you, Yan!!! ~Lori

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25 Comments

  1. Franziska San Pedro March 20, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Hi Lori,
    I love the interaction between my blog and my readers, it has lead to many new opportunities and wonderful contacts -like you 🙂 Through a blog, readers and buyers can get to know the artist on a level that wasn’t possible 10 years ago, I am very grateful for today’s technology.

    Franziska San Pedro
    The Abstract Impressionist Artress

    • Lori McNee March 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      Hello again Franziska-

      Yes, interacting with our readers makes the blogging experience very rewarding. I am also grateful for the contacts like yourself 🙂 and the many I have met through social media also. Technology has really helped change the art world from being so isolated. Lovely seeing you here again.

      Best-
      Lori 🙂

  2. Greg Lindenbach March 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Lori,

    My first time to your site, and “Should Artists have their own blogs?” is one of the topics I’ve been researching this weekend, and some of your other topics have been thought-provoking.

    The question of whether to blog, maintain an online profile at Facebook, or post an online portfolio at a site such as Flickr, separately or by somehow combining them all into one platform isn’t an easy one to answer… and each requires maintenance and time. We do seem to be the first wave.

    Cheers,
    Greg Lindenbach

    • Lori McNee March 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Hello Greg-

      Thanks for stopping by for a visit and taking time to comment! Yes, it does all take a lot of time and work. However, I am finding the benefits worth all the effort! If an artist is not ready to blog, Facebook is a great alternative. It is in itself, micro-blogging. The artist can send prospective clients to his/her FB page until the artist is ready to step up to a blog. Although, blogging doesn’t have to be a ton of work either…

      Hope to see you again-
      Lori

  3. Vanessa March 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Great article Lori! Though blogging can take quite a bit of time and commitment it is sooo worth it as you explained. I’ve been using my blog to simply share my thoughts, weekly happenings, and just express myself where I feel comfortable. Blogging has allowed me to show “WH”Y and “HOW” as oppose to just showing “WHAT”.

    The best part of it all really is the people you meet along the way, especially when you form a great online community amongst other artists. Their encouragement and support means more than I ever thought it would. And your blog is one that I visit often because the info is so valuable and inspiring.

    • Lori McNee March 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      Hello Vanessa-

      Great to see you here again. I am glad this article is useful to you. Obviously, I agree with you about blogging! It is a great way for an artist to get their message out there….and we have all met each other in the process!

      See you soon-
      Lori 🙂

  4. Nan Engen April 6, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Hi Lori, love reading your informative articles. My question regarding subjects for blogs. I blog for an arts newletter and my subjects include my opinions on copyright infringement, controlling the internet and other things. Do you think a artist’s blog should be just about art related topics?

    • Lori McNee April 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      Great question Nan. No, in fact if you scroll through my articles here, you will see that I blog outside our art niche. I am careful to cleverly fold it in together most of the time though. Check it out and let me know what you think…

      Thanks for the comment.-
      Lori 🙂

      • Nan Engen April 7, 2011 at 5:06 am

        Hi Lori, I apologise for not proofing my comment properly. You have so many great articles on just about everything here. After reading some that (by title) appear to be not to be about art, I see what you mean by folding in the subject. I have lots of reading to do! Thanks.

        • Lori McNee April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm

          Hi Nan, yes…we can reach outside our niches of art and still relate it back to art – art is life!

          Cheers-
          Lori

  5. Robert (WebsiteToolTester) April 22, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Hi Lori,

    I think artists should definitely have their own blogs. Not only can they show of how much work their pieces of art really consist but it is also a great unobtrusive marketing tool.
    Building your own website has become quite easy these days with software like WordPress or easy to use Web 2.0 website builders. You can basically set up a fully functioning website on Saturday, start writing posts on Sunday and launch it on Monday 😉

    All the best,

    Robert

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  9. Dale Edwards October 19, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Hi Lori,

    I’ve come across your website several times and I have enjoyed the information you share (along with your artwork). I have had a blog for a couple of years now. I enjoy writing for it, and have a small group of people (mostly family and friends) who follow it regularly.

    What I would like to ask is, should I put prices on finished pieces on my blog? Also, is there a good way or technique for generating communication between visitors?

    I’m relatively new to painting. I also am a little scattered as to how to use social media and other internet tools to promote my art. I’m quite passionate about it, though. I think about painting nearly every moment of the day.

    Here is my blog, if you have a moment to take a look: http://daleedwardspaintsinhisbasement.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for your time.

    Dale

    • Lori McNee November 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Hello Dale,

      I have decided not to put the price on my site. My galleries do the majority of my selling. Although, I have just starting selling small pieces. These will have the prices because I want attract interested buyers. The price will weed out the lookers. It is more work to keep up with the pricing/sales, etc though.

      I like your minimal designed paintings. I hope this helps.
      Lori

      • Dale Edwards November 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

        Thanks so much for the response. I appreciate the advice and your taking a look at my blog. I am now moving on to promote my work on Twitter and Facebook. I’m sure I’ll continue to use your website as a reference.

        Would it be ok for me to add your link to my blog?

        Warm regards,

        Dale

        • Lori McNee November 20, 2012 at 8:28 am

          It would be an honor to be linked on your blog Dale. Thank you so much!
          Lori

  10. ooooooo November 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    April 7, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Hi Lori, I apologise for not proofing my comment properly. You have so many great articles on just about everything here. After reading some that (by title) appear to be not to be about art, I see what you mean by folding in the subject. I have lots of reading to do! Thanks.

    Read more: http://www.finearttips.com/2011/03/should-artists-have-their-own-blogs/#ixzz2Bh6jErxQ

    • Lori McNee November 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Hello again,

      No worries about the proofreading…we are all so busy! I am glad you stopped by for a comment. Yes, I like to blog outside the art niche. It attracts more readers!

      Lori 🙂

  11. Cassandra Van Hout December 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Oh yeah I definitely recommend it! I did a blog post on some art blogs I like.

    Best Art Blogs

    • Lori McNee December 8, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Thanks for sharing!
      L

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