Monday, May 24, 2010

Whats in a name

flower garden

"What's in a name"? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell so sweet. Oh, Juliet if it were only true.

When it comes to E commerce domain names are the key to Branding. When choosing your domain name or blog title there are two things to consider:
1. the human concern and
2. the search engine.
The artistic choice and the practical choice.

Your name should be memorable and easy to spell.
The shorter the better and it should be something everyone know how to spell.
The K.I.S.S. principal applies here.
You should always go for a domain name that ends in .com. I don't know how many times I have gone crazy trying to find a website for a show and not been able to locate it because it was .org.
If your artist name is taken which is always a good choice look at combinations of words that make a mental map for the patron and is easy to remember and spell.

For search engines, key words are important. Meta tags that match your domain name just add to higher ranking.

How to find keywords that you might add to your domain name? Google offer 2 free key word ranker's.Google Key Word tool. Google Analytics. There are many more out there that you can pay for but start with the free stuff first. Just remember keep it short and memorable.

Keyword rich domain and blog titles win with search engines.

Sticking with your own name is a great way to brand your self, if it is available,and if it is easy to spell and is memorable. If is not ;then think of a way to shorten it or add a key word.

So Juliet there is a lot more in a name today, but I will keep smelling the roses.

This weeks Aceo's are available at my ebay store.

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    Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    Is it Possible

    All you need to know is that it’s possible.

    "Problems are an important part of maturing--meet them straight on. Work them out. It's like the chick in the egg. It has to break through the eggshell on its own. That's how it gains its first strength. If you break the shell for the chick, you end up with a puny little runt." Mark Tobey to Wesley Wehr)

    Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing.

    If you have ideas, but don't act on them, you are imaginative but not creative.

    What's possible. Once you start to think about it don't dismiss it. Somewhere in the world, someone is doing something that you decided couldn't be done. By calling your bluff and by pointing out the possibilities,they are doing the things that will change everything. It raises the bar and eliminates any comfort of hiding in your own fears, you can embrace the challenge and take a chance to stretch your creative muscle.

    Become a dedicated self-starter and persistent worker, get your mind around the problem and know it is possible.

    This weeks Aceos are available at my Ebay store:

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    Friday, May 14, 2010

    An Occupation known as Painting.

    "There is an occupation known as painting, which calls for imagination, and skill of hand, in order to discover things not seen, hiding themselves under the shadow of natural objects, and to fix them with the hand, presenting to plain sight what does not actually exist." (Cennino Cennini 1370-1440)

    I love the idea of looking into the sahdows of things to find the hidden nature.

    Nudes with Flutes, abstract music
    Nudes with Flutes, abstract music, painting by Delilah Smith

    About This Painting:
    Nudes with Flutes
    16x12 oil painting on stretched canvas

    Media: oil painting
    Size: 12 in X 16 in (30.5 cm X 40.6 cm)

    How to Purchase:
    click here to bid on this painting

    Or, send me an email

    This week I painted some watercolor aceos:

    These are just fun little works to get the juice going. They are available at my ebay store


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    Wednesday, May 12, 2010

    How Creative are you

    Creativity is a learned behavior.How you approach things, how you act or react to new circumstances, the way you look at things , your willingness to question, experiment, and take chances. Highly Creative People have many things in common:

    1. Have the COURAGE to try new things and risk failure

    2. Use INTUITION as well as logic to make decisions and produce ideas.

    3 Like to PLAY

    4.Are EXPRESSIVE and willing to share what they feel and think, to be themselves.

    5. Research and critical thinking are key tools for the creative person.

    6.Are MOTIVATED BY A TASK rather than by external rewards

    7.Have a need to FIND SOLUTIONS to challenging problems

    8.Will CHALLENGE ASSUMPTIONS and ask hard questions to discover what is real.

    9.Can MAKE CONNECTIONS between old ideas to produce new insights.

    10.Will PUSH THE ENVELOPE and Are willing to TEST new ideas and compete with others based on results.

    I remember the first date I went on with my Husband, he ask me if I had ever went sky diving ? I said , No why do yo ask? He looked at me and said, you seem like a risk taker.

    Well, he was right I am a risk taker.
    One particularly common trait of creative people is enthusiasm. The phrases "driving absorption," "high commitment," "passionate interest," and "unwilling to give up" describe most creative people. The high energy also appears in adventurous and thrill-seeking activities.

    Don't some of your most creative colleagues ride motorcycles, fly airplanes, sky dive, climb cliffs, or downhill ski?

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    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

    Sterner Stuff to be a painter

    "Ambition is made of sterner stuff." (William Shakespeare)

    I am an ambitious artist. Artist today are afraid to say they are ambitious, that they have aggressive goals, that there ego are are large and need to be feed with rich ideas. Aggressive ambition is okay it makes for long hours of painting and longer hours of marketing, having said that, only the strong will survive to paint another day. You must keep your painting muscle strong and wield that brush with force. Paint on my friend be made of that sterner stuff.

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    Monday, May 10, 2010

    With a little help from my friends

    To run a marathon, you must put in the time and miles of training. I am a runner and I have started training but always quite before I am at the marathon ready stage. My brother started runner after me but he has been training all winter to run his first marathon even after knee surgery he is still out there getting ready for the run. This last Saturday it was 35 and raining here, he still went out and ran 18 miles because that was his training schedule this week.

    To build an art career you must master the skills, take the risks, put in the hours, invest your savings and do the things that are required. Wishing and hoping, dreaming and talking "a good game" won't get it done.

    Ultimately, you must do the work. You are the only one who can do it and that requires clear and compelling REASONS to get up every morning and pursue your destiny. People ask me how can you paint everyday? Don't you get burnt out? How can you think of something to paint? Painting is the easy part. Marketing, not giving up after rejection, finding that extra hour to push on those are the hard parts.

    But as one of my favorite line With a little help from my friends" , I'll get there.

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    Saturday, May 08, 2010

    Weekly Aceos

    I have been like a rat on a tread mill this week with art show open,new galleries,and commission that I am working on. My focus has been all over the board.

    Then the cherry on my week was to realize that I may have left a very important box in Florida, so to make an impossible month even worse I may have to fly back to Fl to pick it up. If it is even there.

    Back to brighter subject: this weeks aceo's which I forgot to post.

    This weeks aceo are available at my ebay store.

    About ACEO Cards:
    ACEO stands for "Art Cards, Editions and Originals". These cards have one main rule - they are 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches - the size of a trading card. The reason for this is that Art Cards are made to be traded! Art cards are normally available at low prices so that they're available to anyone. Artists from all over the world are creating, and now selling these highly collectable art cards in many different mediums. Watercolor, Oil, Acrylic, Colored Pencil, Pastels, Petrography, Pen and Ink, Sketching, Collage - the sky is the limit. Abstract, Surrealism, Outsider Art, Impressionism, Expressionism -every style you can think of - and then some! Extremely collectable Pocket Art, you can't stop at just one! They can be displayed as artworks - hung in decorative frames either individually or in groups. It is signed and dated on the back.

    Next week I think I will try something different and do watercolor Aceos.

    Exhibition at the Duderstadt

    The Gallery Opening for Traveling Balance Exhibition was last night. The Exhibition will be at the The Duderstadt Center at the University of Ann Arbor from May 7- 31 2010.

    Here is one of my paintings with my partners mobile casting wonderful shadows as it spins.

    Each Artist was paired with another.

    The first painting was up to each artist. The next was a response to their partners work. The Theme was Balance.

    Balance means different things to different people so it was a very interesting exhibition to view and an even more challenge one to be apart of as an artist.

    Several of the artist did installations which were very exciting to view and bet will be a challenge to travel to each of the galleries.

    As a viewer I don't think many people realize the works that goes into setting up an exhibition, having an opening, manning it during opening hours then moving it to the next gallery. I know I never did.

    There were both 2D and 3 D work.

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    Wednesday, May 05, 2010

    A Painters Journey

    I am basically an oil painter but watercolors pop up every now and then. I travel a fair amount of the time and if I am flying watercolors in dry form can go on the plane where oil paints are now a problem and with all the airline charging so much for extra luggage watercolor are just the simple solution. I like to keep life simple.

    I am mesmerised by the juicy rich color of oil paints. When I was a child and I say them for the first time I was in love with the forbidden paint because as a child I was only allowed to touch watercolors. The first leap in my artistic journey was easy it would be oil paints.

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    Tuesday, May 04, 2010

    The Collaborative Game

    Happy May
    I hope this note finds you well,enjoying the spring time and avoiding the disruptions caused by various volcanoes.

    For Immediate Release
    Delilah Smith
    Art by Delilah

    The Collaborative Game


    Art Exhibit: Balance: An Artists' Collaborative Game, Organized by Women's

    Michigan Artists Collaborate to find "Balance"

    The Women's Caucus for Art-Michigan has brought together artists from across the state to participate in Balance: An Artists' Collaborative Game. Thirty-six women artists have been paired with each other to create three original works each, based on the theme of "Balance".

    Through "Call and Response" exchanges, the process of collaboration has been recorded through images and insights, and will culminate in an exhibit that will travel to four galleries throughout the state of Michigan between May 7 and December 1, 2010.

    This ambitious project began in January when participating artists were matched to create eighteen collaborative "teams". The teams combined older, established artists with younger, emerging ones, painters with mixed-media sculptors, West Michigan artists with Detroit artists. The result has been both exciting and challenging as participants have stretched their imaginations and repertories to respond to their partners' images. Meanwhile, new artist networks have blossomed as a thought-provoking, stimulating body of work has emerged.

    The theme of "balance" sparked a myriad of interpretations touching on subjects as varied as domestic life, the environment, politics and religion. Works evoke both humor and melancholy, and range from abstract to representational, and from painting to installations

    Viewers around the state will have several opportunities to see the work in a variety of settings. The premier venue for this exhibit will be The Gallery in the Duderstadt Center, University of Michigan. The show runs May 7-31. All are invited to the Opening Reception, May 7, at the Gallery, from 6-8pm.

    From there the exhibit travels to River's Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, Michigan, September 3-26, Closing Reception, September 25, 60in.

    The River's Edge site will also include a Gallery Talk featuring Participating Artists, on Saturday, September 11 at 2:00pm.

    Next, works continue on to Finlandia Reflection Gallery at Finlandia University, Hancock, Michigan ,October 4-31, Opening Reception, October 7, 120in.

    Finally, the exhibit will be hosted by The Holland Area Arts Council, November 11-December 1, Opening Reception, November 11, 6-7:30pm

    Please join the celebration as WCA-MI kicks off this extraordinary exhibit tour at the

    Gallery in the Duderstadt Center, May 7, 201

    World Balance
    8x10 oil

    Sea Wind Sky Land.

    30x40 oil

    Womenʼs Caucus for Art , Michigan Chapter presents
    Balance: An Artist's Collaborative Game
    Exhibit Schedule
    The Gallery in the Duderstadt Center,
    University of Michigan
    2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus, Ann Arbor, MI
    May 7-31, 2010
    Opening Reception May 7, 6-8pm
    Riverʼs Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI
    September 3-26, 2010
    Closing Reception September 25, 6-10pm
    Balance: An Artistsʼ Collaborative Game, Gallery Talk by Participating Artists
    Saturday, September 11, 2:00pm
    The Reflection Gallery, Finlandia University
    Hancock, MI
    October 4-31, 2010
    Opening Reception October 7, 12-1pm
    Holland Area Arts Council
    Holland, MI
    November 11-December 1, 2010
    Opening Reception November 11, 6-7:30
    Thank You and I hope to see you .