Ancient Heritage Relevant to Digital Art

What does a 425 year old business have to do with Digital Art?

As a digital art geek I still use fine art techniques and fine-art tools. Many digital artist use art software and combine digital paint with traditional media tools much like I do. How many companies worldwide get to celebrate a centennial anniversary?  In the business world since I was a kid over 90% of the businesses don’t reach their 5th year. Very few families even can trace their own heritage back 300 years.  One of the papers I use for my digital art is Hahnemuhle’s Torchon. Hahnemuhle was founded in 1584! They are celebrating a birthday of 425 years. How cool is that?

Below are some historical facts about Hahnemuhle’s  fabulous history and heritage, this is referenced from there website and press release. If you love history or art history this is very cool.

425th Hahnemühle Anniversary – Historical Facts about the Papermill

Owner’s history

At February 27 th, 1584 the Herzog of Braunschweig granted the right to build a papermill to Merten Spieß. In the following time the “Reylingehäusische Papiermühle” -the first papermill in the surroundings of the mid mountains “Solling”- arose. The papermill was owned by the descendants of Merten Spieß for 185 years until August 1769. Then the mill was sold to the Andrae family, which owned it until 1884.

In 1884 the mill was bought by L. Heinemann, who sold it only to years later in 1886 to Carl Hahne. Carl Hahne renamed the mill into “Büttenpapierfabrik Hahnemühle”. In 1902 Hahnemühle was converted into a limited company (GmbH) and merged with Schleicher & Schuell, a company from Düren. In 1927 Schleicher & Schuell became the sole owner of Hahnemühle. At July 1st 2002 Hahnemühle was renamed as Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH. In 2004 Hahnmühle was demerged from Schleicher &Schuell and operates independently since then.

Product’s history

Up to the end of the 19.century Hahnemühle existed as a small manufacturer with less than 15 employees. The main products were finest handmade writing and foolscap papers. Under the leadership of Carl Hahne the production of high purity filter paper began and the mill grew up. In the 1920th there were more than 120 employees. Also the production of artist papers became more and more.

The first paper machine was a mould made paper machine, installed in the early 1920th. A Fourdrinier machine follows. Although the production became more and more mechanized, until the 1960th some of the papers were made completely by hand. In the 1970th Hahnemühle developed the first acid free and achivable machine made paper. In the late 1990 the first Fine Art Inkjet papers were developed based on traditional artist papers. Today Hahnemühle is one of the last paper mills which produced high quality artist’s papers and high purity filter papers for various purposes. Hahnemühle’s Digital FineArt Collection is the world market leader in the high quality inkjet paper segment. It’s a unique that Hahnemühle produces its paper at the same place for 425 years.

I know for me I am going to make sure I can get a tour when I am in Europe next. It would be well worth it.

Digital Art Virtual Paintout Idea from Traditional Media Artist

A Virtual Paintout for Digital Artist’s

As an artist one has to choose a specific genre to even have a chance at getting a piece of the market.  At least that is my opinion, rarely does one find an artist equally talented with landscape paintings in oil and portraits in watercolor or pastel also. That doesn’t mean we turn our backs on other media or subject matter, it just means the bulk of our time is spent with the subject matter and media that we like best.

I love social media marketing and internet tools almost as much as I love being an artist that produces digital art. I came across Kentucky artist Bill Guffey several months ago and am just now getting back to writing about his awesome project that involves media tools.  Bill is a traditional media artist using some internet tools. Thanks goes out to Charlie Parker from lines and colors for his post a few days ago that reminded me of  Bill Guffey.

Bill came up with an awesome idea for a virtual paintout using google maps street views. We are mimicking the virtual paintout using digital art tools for our group project on digital paint magazine blog. So cudo’s to Bill for the inspiration and setting the stage. You can see a really nice article about it here at lines and colors as well as read about it on Bills blog.

Digital Painting SEO Tips for Artists Five- Using Your Keywords

SEO for Digital Artist, working with keywords part 3

Ok, now you have found some keywords as a part of learning digital painting SEO, what’s the big deal?  What do I need these keywords for anyway?

We will look at a few different areas where our keywords will come in handy.

1-The most important place to be using keywords is in your copy. By that I mean in the content pages you continuously add to your blog or website (if you are using a content management system). I keep coming back to adding content. Search engine spiders love  new content. If you are not adding content frequently you really don’t stand a chance of ranking very high. This is yet another area our cool looking flash sites do us a huge disservice.

Some great places for your keywords are at the top of the page, in the headline and sub headline and try to include the keyword for that page (article, post) in two additional paragraphs, the first and the last would be top choices.

Also realize that search engine spiders are not able to string phrases (yet, that I know of). So you need to use the exact keyword or keyword phrase you want to get ranked for. In the instance of this article you will see Digital Painting is my primary keyword. Also the spiders will read Digital Painting SEO, and Digital Painting SEO Tips as well. What the spiders wont put together is any of the words that are not in order. For example if I was using a keyword of “Digital Painting”  the spiders would not put that together from the title I have used here.

2- You can put your keywords in your ALT tags. Say we add a photo of a young child on our blog. We could include an ALT tag that says, “Anne poses for her baby portrait at 6 mos”, or some other phrase that includes our keywords. ALT tags consist of words. When the search engine spiders read the keywords or keyword phrases within the tag, it increases your keyword usage. Higher keyword usage means a better chances of getting higher positioning. Optimum keyword usage is 3-4%, so if your blog post has two hundred words you should utilize your primary keyword six or eight times.

3-Your domain name is probably already chosen, if not consider using your keywords in your domain name. An example of this is this blog. One of our keywords obviously is digital paint. We use it in the domain of

4-Another area for consideration is to use your keywords in your page names. Again with a blog this is very simple to do. If you have a flash site it is much more difficult to do unless you know coding. There are a few SEO plugins that actually help make this a simple process for blogs.

Hope this helps.

Digital Paint Magazine Launches

The August issue of Digital Paint Magazine is here! The blog and the website are still not where they need to be but the August issue is done. You can visit the digital paint magazine website for the download.

As we move along there are a ton of things to be changes and improved upon. We are looking for more contributors. If you have any interest you can contact