Good afternoon, I hope my latest blog finds you all well and enjoying the beginning of British Summer Time … in other words I hope you’re well and fully prepared with wellies, raincoat and umbrella for next month’s bank holiday break 😉
Now where to start? Okay first things first, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of my subscribers, you put up with my ramblings and I truly appreciated that. You have unknowingly, and unbeknown to me until recently, rocketed my wildlife artist blog through the online blogging ranks. I’ve been informed that I’ve made the top 25 Wildlife blogs on the internet!!! How cool is that! 🙂 https://t.co/c7Q0LB9xwE
So now is a great time to up my game, so to speak, and offer my readership (that’s you my dear subscribers) more in the way of advice and encouragement to show you all how much I value your ongoing support 🙂 Therefore, as you read through today’s blog you’ll notice, I hope, the addition of colourful headers which will categorise topics in this and future blogs and to which I’ll be adding more as the weeks go by.
This week’s advice isn’t just one tip but three blogs worth, nothing like starting things off with a bang eh lol.
My advances in the blogging world have led, in part, to be invited to become a ‘guest blogger’ for a company called Stronghold Media My first two blogs concentrate on How to market yourself as an Artist Part One and Part Two For my third blog I was asked to write about Why ‘creatives’ need a Blog If you have time I’d love for you to pop over via the highlighted links and take a look, let me know what you think and maybe you could even suggest topics for future blogs. The blog I’ve been asked to write next is about Tips for beginning Creatives. Suggesting ways of evolving your hobby into a career. If this is something you’d like to do then it should be an informative read and all being well will be published next week.
Hope you’re liking the graphics 😉 I worked on them whilst staying at my mum’s for the weekend 🙂
Starting this blog portion off with the long awaited news that my next free YouTube tutorial has now gone live! At long last I hear you say, well yes you’ve every right to say that and I have given myself a sharp kick in the rear to stop procrastinating, to stop trying to get all the tech stuff perfect and to stop worrying that my voiceovers don’t sound like I went to a Swedish Finishing School (which I didn’t so why would they? lol) So for those of you who may be interested here’s an interactive thumbnail that should wiz you over to my latest YouTube channel video … oh before I forget to mention – once you’re over there be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already. I’ve received a message from YouTube encouraging me to make more videos so that I can reach my first milestone – 1,000 subscribers! No pressure there then lol. Okay here we go:
If you do decide to go and visit my YouTube channel now be sure to come back and read the rest of this week’s blog.
I’ve had some wonderful feedback and have had my first YouTube video request – a tutorial on creating black fur with pastel. So this will be my next ‘Wednesday Workshop’ and is being planned out already.
Before the release of that one I’ll be posting a couple of short technique videos, one of which I’ll be recording this evening.
In keeping with the subject of tutorials is next month’s Wildlife Art Workshop due to run on Saturday 5th May. Subject is a Cheetah. The venue is The King’s Centre, Wigston, Leicester. 9am – 5pm. There are some places still available but I do suggest booking as soon as possible before I close further entries. I have to cut off approximately a week before the event to allow me time to purchase the correct amount of materials etc. So here’s a link if you want to find out more about my workshops or to book a place: Summer 2018 Wildlife Art Workshop
Moving on …
In honour of #NationalPetDay I’m offering a 10% discount on pet portrait commissions placed before the end of this week (Sun 15th Apr deadline) Just mention this blog/newsletter post when enquiring and the discount will be applied to your quote: https://www.kerrynewell.com/commissioning/
This offer only applies to pet portraits commissions.
Book now, pay later and still receive the 10% discount offer. As long as you contact me before Sunday 15th April the offer will stand.
Testimonials – a page on my website where you can read reviews from satisfied clients.
Coming up in my next blog will be at least two more new categories including ‘Motivational Moment‘ for times when we need that little extra something in our lives, and ‘Conservation Corner‘ where we’ll focus in on either a species in trouble or group that is working to save a piece of our world. But for now I’ll finish this blog with a glimpse of a work that’s currently on my easel and a couple of dates for your diary:
So, self explanatory really, a circus of clowns are making themselves known on my easel at the moment. This piece is a little different for me in that it’s composed of an acrylic airbrushed background, whilst the subjects and foreground are coloured pencil.
I’ve always worked in a wide range of mediums including oils, acrylics, watercolours etc but have only done so for personal work or medium specific commissions. However, recently I’ve been asked to produce works in a variety of mediums for my YouTube channel so with that in mind the window into my studio is now open.
In the coming months you’ll be able to see my works in progress in different mediums and I’ll be filming examples for my YouTube channel that will correspond with these.
Last but not least are a couple of events for your diary, they’re already firmly set in mine and I hope to see some of you at both events where I’ll be exhibiting:
That’s it for me for now folks, I’ve much more to say, new items to add to my blogs but they’ll have to wait for the next instalment as I need to get back to a commission on my easel.
Thank you all so very much for your ongoing support, it really is appreciated.
Stay in touch, follow me on social media if you wish, but above all be blessed.
Over and out for now
Best wishes, Kerry xXx