Saturday, September 25, 2010

Initial newsletter launched

I have been considering a newsletter for awhile and its been brewing in my head and in draft copy while I mulled it over.  Today I took the plunge with a brief initial copy and a promise of more to come.  Jeanette Jobson Fine Art newsletter will be monthly and any updates or changes will be sent out to subscribers.

I am using a specific email software - Constant Contact -  to produce and manage the newsletter.  It becomes one less thing to deal with if I know that my email list is secure and that the format of the newsletter is professional and appealing.  No, it is not free, but it provides me with the services that I need to provide the service that I want my subscribers to have.

I`m adding a few features that will remain constant, such as `Monthly Collector` where subscribers will have an opportunity to purchase a piece of my work at a reduced price for a period of time.  I will also be adding other features such as draws for paintings or prints, interviews with other artists, tutorials and video.

I have provided a sign up widget on the right side of this blog as well as on my Facebook page to make it easy for people to access the newsletter. 

And for those artists wondering if a newsletter works, the initial Monthly Collector piece for September at the discounted price has sold.   This piece is now available at the regular price on my `Photographs`page.   Be kind to your collectors, keep them informed and treat them as the important people they are.  To all my collectors, friends and artists who support my artistic way of life - thank you!

I tweaked the painting of Biscuit that I started last night with my hour time limit.  I added about another 30 minutes of work this morning and this is the final piece.  I then went to visit him where he is buried at the edge of the woods to tell him about it.  He approves.


Nancy Goldman said...

Biscuit has a sweet face and you've created such a sense of his soul in his eyes. I'm glad you've finished it to your liking. I thought it looked good before but I do like that dark background you added.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Jeanette, congratulations on starting a newsletter. I have just signed up for it and can wait to get it.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea for the newsletter (offering subscribers something special). I was just reading about something like that tonight. I just might have to add something like that too!

Congrats on the launch!
(and may your pooch sleep blissfully sound!)

Jeanette said...

Thanks Nancy, the portrait needed a little extra in terms of detail. You know how we artists like to fiddle! :)

Christiane, thanks for the support. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I'm working on scheduling some artist interviews for the future.

Thanks Tracy. I think its good to give back when people support you in any way. This is just a small way of doing that.

The dog and the cat are both in the same spot at the edge of the woods. Sleep is sound.

RHCarpenter said...

Beautiful finish on Biscuit. And signing up for the newsletter was easy. (I am one who didn't get back on your blogroll when you took everyone off - hope I can get back into your good graces soon :)

Jeanette said...

Thanks Rhonda. And I'll get you right back on the blogroll. Sorry!

vivien said...

looking gorgeous - don't fiddle too much with detail will you? The colours are really lovely and the luminosity and soulfulness of the eyes is so lively

good luck with the newsletter too :>)

Jeanette said...

Thanks Vivien. No more fiddling, he's done and gazing at me from the studio wall. said...

He has to approve, it is a beautiful painting.

Anonymous said...

I have been using constant contact with great results and nice feedback. It is an easy process, except making the time to do it each month.
You actually helped me with something. After my September newsletter went out, I realized I wanted a signup link on my blog. I fussed with how to do that, but only in my mind. When I saw your link, I said to myself, it isn't that difficult GO DO IT! Done within 5 min.
Now to get one on my iweb website will be interesting. Going to figure it out though. Thank you.

Jeanette said...

Glad I could help Robin, even if i didn't realize I did!

Yes Constant Contact is good and very straightforward. I can only say good things about them so far.

I'm sure if you get stuck getting the link onto your iweb site they can help you out with it pretty quickly.