Thursday, April 26, 2012

the happy place

Kristina Wentzell, wild poppies, oil on cavas.  ©2011
Dear readers,

As part of my ongoing evolution as a working artist, I am making a commitment to improving my blog. 
I’d like this blog to be a lively, engaging place full of art, color, whimsy and lots of inspiration for you, dear reader.  To that end, I’ve enrolled in a blog class specifically for artists taught by Alyson Stanfield and Cynthia Morris.  Taught online over an intensive four-weeks, the class will cover many aspects of blogging. 

So, please read on and check back often and let me know how I’m doing!

Our first assignment: Set the intention with the basics.  Who am I writing for?

I am writing for art lovers of all kinds: collectors, appreciators, and fellow artists.  I’m also writing for folks who share similar interests besides art such as
  • gardening
  • birding
  • nature
  • backyard chickens
  • travel
  • writing that has a sense of place.

What do I want to get out of blogging?

I participate in about a half dozen outdoor art shows every summer around New England. 
Time and time again, someone will come into my booth, look around at my art and turn to me announcing “this is the happy booth”.

my booth at the Art on Bartlett Mall show, Newburyport

Creating art is a joyful thing and it is so gratifying when I hear people express these sentiments.
I want my blog to be a continuation of my booth—the happy place.  I’m eager to create a place where readers can learn about my art, the stories behind the pieces, and the artists that influence me.  I envision a place to celebrate all that is beautiful and inspiring, gardens, flowers, out of the way places of my neck of the woods, travels, and what it means to live an artists’ life.

I want to connect with more readers and get feedback and responses to what I’ve written.  I’d like my readers to be excited about coming to my blog and want to share it with their friends.

I want to be able to write clearly about my art in a way that is both truthful and meaningful and that resonates with my readers.

So, welcome! I hope you find this to be a happy place for at least a moment or two in your day.

To see more of my work, go here.

Kristina Wentzell, of independent hues, oil on canvas.  ©2012


Frances Clements Fawcett said...

Hi Kristina - I'm excited to read your blog and glad that we connected through our Blog Triage class.

Your blog, like your beautiful art is indeed a warm, inviting and happy place!

In Delight!


Janine Whitling said...

Hi Kristina, i look forward to reading more about you, your arts and your insights. Good luck with your four weeks. xo Janine

Kristina Wentzell said...

Janine & Frances--

Thanks for the kind words! Looking forward to a productive 4 weeks for us all!


Mary Ellen Merrigan said...

Kristina, the happy place resonates! How fun is that! In addition to happy, your art/booth is warm and inviting. Looking forward to sharing Blog Triage moments and other aspects of art.

Andrea Wedell said...

It felt like I got to hang out for a while in your booth and enjoy your colorful and joyful world. Great post !