Drawing For A Donation Portfolio (Part 5)

October 6, 2009
Ben's Feet

Ben's Feet

Sock Monkey Head

Sock Monkey Head

Sock Monkey Torso

Sock Monkey Torso

Fire Hydrant

Fire Hydrant

Grain Storage Facility

Grain Storage Facility


Drawing For A Donation Portfolio Part 4

September 29, 2009

 

A Mess On Top Of A Mess

A Mess On Top Of A Mess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carpet Feet

Carpet Feet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Layers Beneath

Layers Beneath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library Table

Library Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monks Plague

Monks Plague


Website Reminder and Tips

January 10, 2009

I just want to take some time to promote my website www.rebeccaeilering.com. I do also encourage you to visit the Rebecca Eilering Creative Studios site too.

If you are not familiar with both, let me tell you about them. I am an artist. I paint, draw, make prints and mixed media work. I also do graphic design and make web pages. With the latter, I am pretty much self taught. However, I will be taking classes in graphic design this fall so I can even better my skills. There is always something I can learn. 

So at the sites you will find info about RECS, lots of images of work I have made with info  (title, medium, and price if it is for sale), artist statement, CV, plus if there is any news about projects, sales or new exhibitions the info will be there. 

So if you have been reading this blog, please take some time to visit both www.rebeccaeilering.com and the Rebecca Eilering Creative Studios site. 

Most of the time, I will not be posting blatant, “Come to my website” sort of stuff, but every-once-in-awhile I will. 

I am happy to say that I have been doubling and tripling the number of hits on my site each month since August of 2008. So that is good news. Before that, I was getting few visits. The site has been around since March 2007. Seriously, promoting the site in every way possible and SEO-type of stuff helps. It does take time though. I doesn’t have to take a lot of money to help people find your website. 

Tips to get people to your website from my experience:

1. Keywords and tags embedded into the html code on all the pages of the website. It helps the search engines find you. The search engines such as Google and Yahoo use those keywords to get relevant information about your site so they know where to rank you. Ideally, if I type in my name on Google, I want my website to come up first or at least on the first page. Relevant keywords do that.

2. Social Networking sites. Profiles sites such as MySpace, Facebook are great ways to tell a large number of people about your site. It is as easy as putting out a bulletin. People do read those and if you include a link, people will visit. Those sites are free.  

3. Print media/direct mail such as business cards and postcards. Include the website along with your contact information. I have found that every time I have sent out postcards with my website address included, my hits jump right after the mailing. Same thing with the business cards. It costs money to print but it is not that expensive.

4. Blogging. Yes, I do this blog to inform and maybe help my readers in some way but I always hope to drive some people to my website.

5. Word of mouth. Tell people about your website…plus have business cards to give out too. It is a nice thing to give out cause it is a visual and physical reminder of the information. 

You just sometimes never know where some of your traffic will come from. I have seen some referrals from places I have never heard of. That is, someone was doing a search and found my site, liked it and then linked to it on a social network site based in the UK. Therefore drawing more new viewers. The web is organic in that way.


Drive-Thru Projects

January 6, 2009

I was thinking about this statement I made in my last blog, “It would be interesting if the restaurant could find some use for these windows. Hmm..why not a “venue” to display art?”. I made this statement in regards to this picture.

 

Bank Drive-Thru

Bank Drive-Thru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, why not? There are three of these teller booths and each one could be the home to a monthly site-specific (or not) project. Artists could submit project ideas. There is a decent amount of space that is covered even though it is not enclosed. The receptions could be held in the open space. 

I think it could be another reason to go to Collinsville, specificlly to downtown Collinsville. I also think it was be nice if the projects could be illuminated so they could be seen in the evening…until maybe 10 pm. Downtown really doesn’t have much going on after 5 pm. There are some bars and that is about it. 

It can be not-for-profit since sales would be hard to come by. Anyway, it is an idea that is sticking right now. Really, what if? Could this work?


Introduction

December 19, 2008

This blog is to work in conjunction to my website, www.rebeccaeilering.com/recsindex.htm. This is a way to communicate what inspires me and the work I do. It is also to communicate thoughts and interesting tidbits that are related to art and design (both graphic and web). This is to allow those interested to find out more about me and about what I am working on. 

I like the idea of a blog because it is a way to communicate to potential clients and people that have a general interest in art and design. Plus, the blog format is interactive in that you can post comments/questions that are relevant to the postings. 

The format is not going to be dictated by one subject but it will be a forum to speak about many subjects I am interested in. Ultimately, I hope you will find some interest in the subjects too.

In the next few days, I am going to post some images of things that inspire me. Really what inspires me are my surroundings and the everyday sights that strike up my mind and imagination. That is sort of a hint but you will soon know what I mean.