Kathys Art Template for Squidoo Lenses
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Like I always say, just because you create a website does not mean anything unless you get a lot of visitors. Diamonds and pearls; fantasy fairy blessed; tiny fairies kissing the first page, if it is not done right it will be like a store out in the middle of the desert. Keywords are important along with back-links and of course good text, with something relevant to say is important. I also like to create as much of an ambiance as I can considering that the viewer is alone with their computer and it is all online. This lens is about how I personally consider each and every lens I create on Squidoo. You are welcome to use this template.. copy it.... yup I'm not kidding I've added my reasons for doing my lenses the way that I do and you are most welcome to do your my way too.. or not, no worries! lol Do my lenses require a lot of work? Probably but why make one if you are only going to scratch the surface? Why do anything half way?
Why not create a lens with AMBIANCE? One that can be felt along with providing relevant information and maybe selling a few things?
We are limited online regarding ambiance of course.
Yet I do try to create an AMBIANCE with all of my lenses. I almost always add music to start and ask the viewer to TURN ON THE MUSIC with the UTube I have posted. Later on down the page after they have had a chance to listen I offer it for sale on Amazon. I add maybe 2 other UTubes to y lenses for instruction or an artist I am promoting (in this case that artist is ME..lol). I like to add polls and so lately have been redoing some of my lenses to have at least 3.. easy ones. I honestly cannot see people studying my lenses to get answers to offbeat questions.. I just keep stuff light in that regard. Pics are important as well as lots of text so I add some of my art as well as poems I've written. Thank you is IMPORTANT.. so I am trying to make sure each one of my lenses has that somewhere, usually at the end after my Twitter. Selling stuff is throughout, I don't like bunching those up and I don't like seeing lenses that go on and on with lists of them.. BORING. OK.. that is it for now, I am gonna publish this lens and will come back periodically to improve on it. I think that is another key.. IMPROVE continually.
A little ABOUT ME:
I am an artist, I paint and sculpt women primarily; in their daily lives, in lives they might be afraid of, and in lives they wish they had. My goal has always remained the same; to hear them breathing and to know the passion I feel in my soul is met by theirs.
It is not possible to feel apathetic while standing next to passion. I don't paint landscapes to hang above someone's couch, paintings meant to be a resting place for the mind? I want to paint feelings that one cannot dismiss. I hope to stir up feelings that overwhelm within the viewer as well as myself. It is not my goal to feel nothing but a sunny day or peacefulness, shiny trinkets that rest on walls that can be walked away from. I want to paint women who feel something. I paint myself as I define it and revel in the fact that I am made whole by my own journey of introspection.
I want to paint strength, sexuality, pain, power, a force of intensity, emotional qualities that generate a reaction. I don't want to paint the sky, I want to paint the dominance of the wind that caused it to be felt on ones skin, in the form of a woman. I pick up my brush or clay between my fingers and consider a certain belligerence, an attitude of confidence that meets the power I need to form an energy outside myself and I welcome it in. I paint or sculpt until I hear them breathing and their breath becomes my own.
In every single one of my paintings my objective is to 'know them' . To let each one reveal their own vision or message. I am often astounded as their presence unfolds & I am met with who they are. I then realize that who 'they' are, defines me as well. My hope is that my paintings & sculptures relate to you, their audience & that they give you the message you need for your own heart and soul.
The image is of my sculpture "Bleeding Wings 4"
Amazon a good place to sell
KATHY NOTE: So since I added music at the top and the viewer had a chance to hear the song, they might be interested in buying the cd. m
TURN ON SOME MUSIC FOR "AMBIANCE"
KATHY NOTE: I've been listening to Beth Hart lately.. check her out.
People LOVE pictures
Add lots of pics and try to give credit to the artist or photographer they originated fro, better yet take photos and use your own pics or use your own art!
KATHY NOTE: I always try to add some of my own art no matter who or what my lens is about. Pictured is one of my paintings, "Euphoria" 36x48 oil on canvas available in prints and giclees.
KATHY NOTE: I like to add stuff like Google News just to switch stuff up a bit and create interest
My Own YouTubes
KATHY NOTE: I finally figured out how to make my own UTubes so I have been posting them in my lenses. This YouTube is of my sculpture series "Bleeding Wings"
Polaroid of one of my BLEEDING WINGS Sculpures
eBay is Great too
KATHY NOTE: If I am doing a lens on an artist or author I usually add Ebay to promote it. In this case I'll just add some artist tools, etc. I let eBay pick and just type in the keywords. It is so interesting to see what comes up. If I don't like what comes up I change the keyword.
pics and text! don't forget to add those!
Large Pics with Text: BED OF DREAMS & There Will Always Be a Fairy Who is Watching You (poem)
KATHY NOTE: Text is key so I try to add something. A lot of times I add some of my poetry as I always feel poetry adds more ambiance. I add some of my own art or of an artist or author or cause that I am promoting. Attached is an image of my painting "Bed of Dreams" 30x40 oil, gold leaf on canvas.
A SPECIAL NOTE about this painting.. check out the UTube below to see it HUGE!!
Here is one of my poems:
"There Will Always Be a Fairy Who is Watching You"
In any garden you might find
there will always be a fairy
who is watching
that you might not believe in them
they are still
where they are
in any garden
you might roam carelessly
And without you seeing them
a faery will indeed
and I should add
Within every petal
a fairy does absorb
the color of its essence
protecting them from flower pickers
in efforts to confuse them.
who might quite irreverently
pick an innocent rose
or unsuspecting stephanotis
from a fairies well attended
A secret not well known
that I will share with you
for perhaps if you
were to realize it
you would understand
and find pleasure
in such a few
point of view.
A flower is never abandoned
by a fairy
unless it has been
yes I say boldly
from any garden who is home
to any kind of bloom.
Every fairy keeps in hiding
their own magic box
in which they place
each and every single flowers name
and their own
the memory of a flower
no matter how tiny
a eulogy is written
so its glory
Gardens are a sacred post
that must be guarded well
for if there are to be visions
Next time you pass a garden
and sit awhile
and know a fairy is watching out
for her flowers
and their possible doom.
like it or not
a fairy is in every single flower
by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz: http://www.monkdogz.com/chelseagallery/artistart/M...
FREE ART GIFTS,suitable for children plus prints, giclees, cards, available on my website: http://www.kathysart.com
Bed of Dreams made HUGE!
KATHY NOTE: A high school in Florida approached me to use my painting Bed of Dreams for a competition. To say it is a thrill each time I view this is an understatement. My art blown up HUGE to fill a gym floor.. wow.
Amazon for Art Stuff
KATHY NOTE: Since I am an artist I like to encourage others that YES THEY TOO ARE TALENTED and with a few books and tools they can create even when they think they cannot even draw a straight line. Here I will add some stuff for beginner since I referred to that.
I like to add a talk bubble to ask people to take my polls
Before you leave will you take a second to take 3 polls, sign my guestbook and give me a thumbs up?
Squidoo friends get points for answering polls so be sure to add them and KISS.. KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Poll 1 of 3
pic is of my painting "They're Friends You Know" 24x48 oil, gold leaf on canvas
Did you have fun here?
Poll 2 of 3
pic is of my painting "Wedding Song" 18x24 oil on canvas. It is part of my Hawaiian Legacy series.
Do you have a squidoo template?
Poll 3 of 3
pic is of a little watercolor sketch of mine.. "The Bee" 5x7 watercolor on rag paper.
Are you happy?
Amazon selling MY ART
KATHY NOTE: Art.com sells a few of my posters on Amazon. I get maybe a whopping $2. off of each sale but what the heck right? Posted are just a few.
Do you Tweet? If you do be sure to add that (below)
Don't for get to say THANK YOU!
The Most Important Thing