Art Blogging

If you’ve come here looking for my art, please go to www.meglyman.com or click the “Meg Lyman Illustration” link on the sidebar. This URL is now my blog!

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I began “An Ode to Art and Beer” with a few specific goals in mind. First, to rate beer – for anyone who drinks it. Second, to discuss art – for anyone who loves how-tos, WIPs, and lessons learned. There are so many “art bloggers” out there whose sole focus is showing artwork. It’s a great venue to keep collectors and fans up-to-date about what you have on the easel, and to sell art. However, I focus my blog on the process of making art, not the end result.

I’m on a journey of learning. My successes and setbacks as an artist are being recorded with the hope that someone will find the information useful in their own journey. My “Links” section contains the blogs of other artists whose goals are similar – they aren’t just there for the end result. That said, I would like to post more often than weekly, but time is precious. So I’m considering throwing in some completed artwork posts during the week, and continuing with the beer and “lessons learned” posts on the weekends.

My desire for constructive criticism also gave me an idea: to set up a website for all of us artists who want to improve, where we could get valuable critiques and do the same for others. That’d be the sole purpose of the site. If any of you readers are interested in participating in a site like that, please comment & let me know.

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With new the freedom of hosting my own blog, I’m also looking into making money with it. It will come in the form of Sponsored Links, so that whenever I talk about a particular product, I’ll link to a site where you can buy it. I have a “Meg Recommends” link on the sidebar that with have all past product links. For example, dickblick.com has an affiliates program, and if a reader buys a product after clicking the link on my blog, I get a small cut. So, if you want to buy something at dickblick.com, doing so through CrashOctopus.com pays me. (bwahaha!) If you do, I’ll bake cookies for you.

2 thoughts on “Art Blogging”

  1. I enjoy reading about the processes involved in creating a piece of artwork, as well as reviews of materials.

    My own artistic journey is proving to be quite rocky. Beer & cookies are a welome relief.

  2. Lisa,

    I’m glad you like seeing the process, too. I love WIPs for that reason. No matter the level of ability or talent, it’s always a joy for me to see the creative process at work.

    Art is harder than I ever imagined. If you don’t need beer & cookies, you’re probably not doing it right. ;)

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