May 2014 Contest / Raffle

My Facebook Contest/Raffle Image - Kathryn Koozer, A Seattle Artist -

I held a contest/raffle on my Facebook page at the beginning of the month. It was for a free pet portrait in the winner’s choice of style: squiggle or pattern. These contests are quite popular and people get so so excited about the idea of having their fur-baby immortalized in art.

I usually let the contest run for a few days before I pick a winner, usually over the weekend so that people have a good opportunity to enter their name. In this contest I asked that people share the contest post, like it, and make sure that they have liked my Facebook Art Page. It’s a really great way to keep track of fans and to gain new ones. The first time I ran this contest, in August last year, I gained about 80 new fans, this time I gained 20-30. The post had an ‘organic reach’ of 1,860, if that even means anything anymore (I have serious doubts about the reliability of Facebook Page stats since the time I changed my cover photo and it told me I had reached 3 people but the post had almost 30 likes on it… That’s a whole other topic to rant about some other time. :p

I gathered all the names of the people who followed the rules of the contest/raffle and then I called my mother on the phone and asked her to pick a random number out of number of contestants. This was much less work for myself than last time as I had over 100 pieces of paper to write numbers on which I then drew one out of a bag.

I am super psyched about the winning portrait that I will be creating. It’s not a cat OR a dog. It’s a pig in a ballerina outfit! It’s pretty much awesome. It will be completed in my Squiggle Portrait style.

I’m still amazed that I do animal portraits as one of the many things I do. I never thought I would ever do that, let alone ENJOY it! 😀 The more things that you enjoy the better so I’m going to embrace it.

Here is the portrait model:

Model for Portrait Contest - Kathryn Koozer, A Seattle Artist -