Monday, 25 June 2012

Celebrating 500 posts

This post is number 500 on this blog! I never thought I would get that far when I started this My French Easel blog in August 2007. First, I am sending a big thank you to everyone who follows or visit this blog. This helps me carrying on.

Source: background photo from NASA

I had a several reasons to start this blog:
  • This motivates me to paint and create.
  • It acts like a journal and I can refer to when I want.
  • I like to share my painting tips.
  • As a non-native English speaker, writing regularly in English is a good exercise.
A few numbers

I try not to look at the blog's statistics too often, but numbers show some interesting and often surprising facts.

  • 199509 pageviews since the start
  • Post with the most page views (5,234 Pageviews): Texture in oil with painting knives
  • Most used search term that led to the blog: Hokusai
This blog is not a commercial venture. I decided not to put any advertising on the site and I don’t plan to change that. I use Amazon affiliate links (and managed to buy one art book with the proceeds...), but this does not dictate the content of the blog.

A few favourite posts

Let me do that by category.

Paintings: Cable car ride for oil paintings; Dragon Gate (San Francisco) for mixed-media; River Kennet at Avebury for watercolour and Children at the river for pastel.

Recommended book: It’s hard to pick one, but the most inspiring book I read and reviewed on the blog so far is The Creative habit by Twyla Tharp.

Museum: I can’t really pick a favourite museum, however the Marmottan museum in Paris is a must see if you like Impresionnism.

Painting studio tips: two posts my readers found useful are How to open a stuck oil paint tube and How to set-up your French easel (on your own).

Art material: my vote goes to the daylight easel lamp because I can paint in the evening with it, without fear of discovering the next day that all the colours are wrong.


Carmen said...

Let me be the first to congratulate you Benoit. Keep up the good work!

Swindon Open Studios said...

Excellent Benoit, you're an inspiration to me. I also enjoy writing a blog and find it very motivational.