Month: May 2018
We have created a new “Seasonal Sale” shop but I’m sure you guys are all asking the question, “Why did they do that?” Well,…
You Have A Big Decision! Father’s Day is right around the corner and you have to decide what to do about it. Do you just…
The weather is starting to warm up so, many people are thinking about heading to the water. The question is, what kind of water…
We all love to swim, ok, most of us like to swim. Well, I heard about this cool new place that I really want…
Artists can have writer’s block too when describing their art!
As an artist, I have found that writing about my own art can be a little difficult. I tend to have “writer’s block” when talking (or in this case “writing”) about my own art creations. Maybe you have problems with this also.
Yet, as an artist wanting to promote and sell our artistic creations, it is important to be able to write a good description of the specific art you want to sell. Sometimes you may only need a few sentences, but being able to describe your art in such a compelling way that a viewer will become interested in purchasing it is something all artists should grow to be comfortable doing.
Maye you were formally trained in art, art theory, techniques, and history, but the average person cannot relate to talking about a artworks Form, Composition, techniques, etc. This means you really need to describe it using more of a marketing method. Describe it as having features your potential buyer can relate to. Size, colors, impact, and what emotions the art evokes is something everyone can relate to and connect with. Help the customer use their imagination as they view your artwork by describing a mood or visual effect the work has.
Learn to use adjectives and descriptive words in writing about your art. Here’s a link to a nice article with lists of many descriptive words.
The colors in an artwork can be very expressive as to its mood and meaning. Check out this cool article about the meaning of colors and all the adjectives that can be expressed about color used in an artwork.
I love to tell stories, so let me tell you one. Dad is driving home from work on evening and he is coming down…
In The Beginning Well where do I start when I’m talking about myself. First, let me introduce myself, my name is Elaine Smith…
What IS Pickleball?
A few months ago, I would be the one asking that question. I’m not sure I had ever heard anything about “pickleball” before my husband and I moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in July of 2016. My husband retired in June of 2016 and we already had purchased our retirement home here in Bella Vista. Once we closed on the sale of our home in White Hall, Arkansas, we packed up and moved here. My husband, Mel, lost no time starting to go to exercise at the recreational centers here and scheduling classes several times a week. I think he heard about pickleball at one of the classes or we learned on Facebook or at the library. I can’t remember exactly how it can up, but we learned a group played Mon-Wed-Friday mornings at Metfield. So we decided to check it out. There was a good group there playing the morning we went to watch. Mel decided it looked like fun and when we got home he asked me to find a pickleball racket online and order it for him. So I did. A few days later, he was up bright and early to join the pickleball players with his new paddle.
That first time, he was just learning some of the rules and how to play the doubles that the group played. He loved it and found it to be great exercise. It looked fun to me also. If I wasn’t in this wheelchair, I would be out there playing. But I go ever so often and take pics of the group playing to post on facebook. The group seems to get bigger and bigger and one reason is that my husband invites most people we meet to come to try it out. Several have and love it too.
I know you have probably heard this phrase before.
TAKE A HIKE!
Maybe it was said in a mean or sarcastic way. But the truth is. TAKING A HIKE IS very good for you. Especially hiking in a natural setting like we have in Bella Vista. Research is showing that there is certainly many benefits of hiking regularly.
Less Stress and better cognitive function
A study by Gregory Bratman, a graduate student in Stanford’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources indicated that time in nature was found to have a positive effect on mood and aspects of cognitive function, including working memory, as well as a dampening effect on anxiety. The study had participants walking 50 minutes in a natural environment and 50 minutes in an urban environment. Guess which group were less stressed, had less anxiety and increased their work performance?
There are definite mental health benefits of hiking in a peaceful rural setting as opposed to an urban setting.