|'Soulful' - Horse's eye in gouache 33 x 22.5cm|
So, I promised myself this year that I'd spent my time online more productively and what with all the parcels arriving on a pretty much daily basis, you can't argue that I haven't been productive in my online shopping habit. However, I mean more along the lines of making money from selling my art than spending money on must have items on Ebay!
With that in mind, I googled how to add SEO (search engine optimisation) to my blog in the simplest way possible - I'm many things but technically savvy enough to write computer code is not one of them.
So, I learnt that as far as pictures on your blog are concerned, if you want them picked up by search engines then it's actually really very easy - right click on the picture and click on 'properties' then give the picture a title which sums up what it is 'Horse's eye painted in gouache ought to do it for this one. Then if anyone happens to search for an image of a horse's eye this picture has a good chance of being in the results - another way for folk who might not otherwise come across your blog to discover your work.
Also the title of your blog posts is important if you want the search engines to notice you. So, no more trying to be inventive or intriguing with my titles. Instead, I will be calling a spade, a spade (or an effing shovel as they say in my home town) and my title will literally say what the post is about - in this case, my most recent painting in gouache of a close up of a horse's amazingly beautiful eye.
This is taken from a really lovely reference photo on Paint My Photo taken by Ruth Archer and it has a sad story attached to it. The horse in the photo was called Humphrey, he'd been extremely ill and the weekend the photo was taken was unfortunately his last. When I saw the photo, even before I knew the sad story behind it, I knew I wanted to paint it. As anyone who knows me knows, animals' eyes are my 'thing' - I just adore the depth and soul reflected back at us and this one was so very beautiful.
As my friend Sandra would say, this is another of those distance paintings (that is, it looks better from a distance!)
Here are the stages it went through:
|Session 1 - 18 Feb 14|
|Session 2 - 20 Feb 14|
|Session 3 - 23 Feb 14|
|Session 4 - 25 Feb 14|
|Session 5 - 26 Feb 14|
|Session 6 - 2 Mar 14|
|Session 7 - 3 Mar 14|
|Session 8 - 7 Mar 14|
|Session 9 - 8 Mar 14|