Thank you for your nice comment yesterday. It always makes my day. We should get together for a cup of coffee or a beer—you must live near and I'm very interested in gleaning insight from you and hearing about your adventures out west and in Ireland. Also if you ever need some help with anything please give me call.
Donald This is what you have said " I already have a forum post on adding your website link to your profile page if you need help creating this." I think that you said something else about info in a forum too.. I have looked but have not found it.. Not sure where to look or how long ago you wrote it. Perhaps next note to us you may consider copy/pasting the info from it to the email..that way we will all be able to read it. Thank you so very much..
Thanks Donald, your kind words made my day. I never use black, even the ink I use is an indigo based colour. I can mix colours so well, that you will believe it is black from a tube, but not so... all mixed on my palette, from 6 tubes of paint. (My extra colours are indigo, umber and raw sienna because I use them a lot and it is a mission to mix enough every time I start to paint.) I have sent you scans of the two watercolours I painted this morning for the art challenge. Hope you like them. I do not usually go in for doing a lot of detail, but went for it this time as you suggested we do a full one, then try to cut the time in half at least.... well from over an hour to 10 minutes for the second one. I love the impressionist type of painting. It says what I need to say and gives the viewer the feeling I had when there at that spot... and I prefer the 2nd one as I am sure you will too. Go well, thanks for the challenge. I will get back to you on the admin jobbie for the S African group. Was one of them Linda Hough Ely? Regards, Lindy
Thank you, very improved. Took me a bit before I figured out how to get the down load from one place to another. The last of our guests just left and everyone ate so much our bellies are shiney. Hope you and Suzie had a lovely day.
Good morning Don, I just finished reading your comments about both the google search and also about Art Scammers. I want to leave a website address which shows many names that Art Scammers use. This website has some rules though you can look and use it but you can NOT use the name of any of the scammers they have listed..you can howevever refer people to the site which is what I am doing now. So if people THINK that they are being scammed this is a good site to keep in your bookmarks for reference. It is also a great idea to send them by forward the actual email that you received if your pretty sure that the person is a scammer but now using a new name. That way they can update their mailing list with new e address that a scammer is using. Ususally its best to NEVER ever respond to a scammer. This makes this scammer list website more valuable. I am putting that website here and will also put it in separate comment.
I said that I was going to address tags .. While we all put tags on our paintings know that they are NOT real tags in the sense of tags that a website uses so that the google crawlers find a site. The most important tags are the ones that were used to build this website. I do not have any idea if this website has tags which OPTIMIZE this site. You may wish to ask Ning to find out the best tags for the website its self. They may be code tags.
I wanted to comment on your last communications regarding marketing using Google +. I am the husband of Charlotte Wharton and have been managing the social marketing efforts for her for the last three years or so.
The main problem of trying to market to art buyers on the Internet is to find them. Advertising through Facebook, Google +, etc. does not solve this problem. In order to use these services, there has to be a clear definition of the demographic to reach art buyers. Unfortunately, there is no "art buyer" demographic. People who buy art do not identify themselves as such when using social websites or the Internet.
Over the past three years, I have looked at and sometimes tried a large number of sites and online market strategies. To date, I have found none that have been even remotely successful. Charlotte has sold only one painting online and that came from someone who searched for her after seeing her work in a magazine. While I am still searching for the key, I have concluded that, for now, that selling artwork online is a futile effort.
Marketing artist workshops to artist, however, is a different story. It is easy to find the "artist" demographic on all social marketing sites. I have used Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, Yahoo, etc. with great success.
BTW, your remarks about the art scams is right on. Because Charlotte is so active online, we get 4-5 scams per month. Most of the are easily identified and are ignored. The few that we are not sure about get a proper response with a note that we only use PayPal in online transactions. This stops the scams in their tracks.
We hope that this info is helpful. We will be signing up after the first of the year.
Thank you very much for the kind message, Don. Though I haven't figured out how things work here yet, I feel this is a great opportunity to meet people who believe in the "Plein Air" vision on art, and way of life as well. I'd be surprised to find fellow artists from my country, but I'll do some search anyway.
Thanks again, let this year surprise us with many irresistible sights!
Thank you for featuring me on your website. I am amazed first to be on your website and then to be actually featured... too much. I have a ways to go with the watercolor but you have got me working away on the next challenge. Thanks for that! Trying a boat scene and looking forward to seeing all of the results. I love what you are doing... YOU are very inspiring!