Can you believe I’ve had a monthly art newsletter for at least ten years now? I found an online version from 2005 and I’m still looking to find older ones. My newsletter started as Art, Nature, Creativity and now it’s Color+Inspiration.
I’ve always had the same sorts of things: News of upcoming exhibitions, artworks that I’m working on that I’m not willing to share with the “public,” inspirational photos, studio visits, and a short essay about what I’m thinking about that month.
Why have a newsletter for ART FRIENDS when there’s FB, Pinterest, my website, and this blog?
Well, it’s personal. There are photos from my personal life and in my studio that I don’t mind sharing with Art Friends, but really wouldn’t want to see out there in the world. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a little giveaway. Sometimes I want my Art Friends to share good news first before anyone else hears about it. And I often try to release new artwork to coincide with the newsletter so subscribers have one day to consider the artwork for their collections before anyone else.
This month I tried out a newsletter app which shall remain unnamed, but I just didn’t like how I had to bend how I think about my newsletter to its structures. So it’s still that I send out an e-mail to subscribers and they click over to my website to read the newsletter. It’s one click more, but I think it’s worth it. It’s a quirky little set-up, but it’s definitely all me, personal, and how I want to chat with Art Friends.
However I WAS in the mood for something new this month, so I increased photo sizes, added more color, and kicked off a Tips and Techniques feature, and added MORE exclusive inspiration photos.
If you’re already an ART FRIEND, please let me know what you think about this month’s newsletter. Feedback, positive or suggesting an improvement, is always great.
If you would like to become an ART FRIEND, just shoot me an e-mail (Virginia(at)VirginiaSpiegel.com) with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.