“J” is for Jonathan

“J” for Jonathan ~ Ink Drawing – © 2012 Dora Ficher

My favorite “J” word is Jonathan. Jonathan is the name of my son. And then there is Jessica, another favorite word. I have several favorite people in my life named Jessica…that would be… Jonathan’s fiance Jessica and my oldest niece Jessica.

I also love the word Journey which has several definitions, my favorite being passage or progress from one stage to another: the Journey to success. I feel that my life is a constant Journey.

Another favorite is: Joy  a feeling or state of great delight or happiness; keen pleasure; elation.

Info about the letter “J“: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J

What is your favorite “J” word?

 

“I” for Imagination

“I” for Imagination ~ Ink Drawing – © 2012 Dora Ficher

Info about the letter “I”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I

My favorite “I” word is Imagination and Imagination is actually one of my favorite words in the dictionary.

I was a teacher for many, many years and the kids knew that when I pointed to my head I meant: “Use your Imagination“.

Imagination:

  • The faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses:   “a vivid imagination”.
  • The ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.

Would love some more “I” words!

A Blogging Adventure

As I mentioned yesterday, today is the first day of my 4 week Blog Triage class with Alyson Stanfield and Cynthia Morris.

I am so excited to be taking this class. My blog definitely needs a facelift.

I have made a commitment to build a more exciting blog that will have a constant audience and many followers.

In order for all this to happen I need to write and post on the blog. I need to accept that this is an ongoing process and not a one time deal.

Thanks to Alyson & Cynthia I will learn how this process works in a more effective and efficient way.

We have homework and today’s assignment has 2 parts. The 1st one is to describe the people I want to visit and read my blog.

I have been thinking about this all morning (maybe this is why I don’t blog too often, I think about it too much???).

I want people to read my blog,  but specifically which people I want my audience to be? My blog is about art so it would be fun to have other artists read it.

It is always very inspiring to hear what other artists have to say about your work.

I would like my readers to be interested in all aspects of the art world, maybe in art education (or the lack of), art/artists from different countries. How about older artists/non artists who are starting over and doing what they love which is what I’m doing.

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“3rd Street” watercolor on paper 2009

I definitely want my friends and family to read it and share it with their contacts. Probably my former students would love to see my artwork and read my blog.

I can also get greedy and say that I would like art websites, galleries, art collectors and designers to stop by and read it. I don’t think age, background or region where my future audience will be from is something that I thought about.

The 2nd assignment is to write about what it is that I want to get out of blogging, what are my goals.

One of the things I want to get is to be able to connect  to readers and at the same time connect them with my art. To have them read about who I am, be able to see my art work, hopefully decide to invest in my art work.

I want to feel more comfortable about writing and sharing what I write. I am not a writer. I love to tell stories and could go on and on. I need to learn to write what needs to be said and then stop.

The main thing is that I want to feel comfortable with the whole process of blogging and getting readers to visit my blog. I want to have a ‘Healthy” blog that is fun to read, interesting, in fact so good…that you can’t wait to read my next post. Then I get lots of comments, meet some

wonderful people who enjoy my art work and share it with their friends.