Posts Tagged plein air
Today is the last day to enter the July Online Exhibits. We have three diverse shows: African Wildlife, Victory Garden, and Pointillism. Entry to these shows is open until this evening at 11:59 p.m. EST. Are you working on a last minute entry?
What’s coming next?
Entries are already being accepted for the August Shows. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s to come next month:
Log into your EBSQ portfolio and enter a show today!
Who and where are you?
Hi, I am Carol DeMumbrum. I paint subjects that both stop me visually and touch me emotionally. I am blessed to live on the same farm I grew up on, right outside of Nashville, Tennessee. If I have not had a paintbrush or pencil in my hand, the day does not feel complete and I am not a happy girl.
How were you introduced to Facebook?
From the social aspect at first, to keep in touch with family and friends. Now, through my business page I am able to get to know my facebook fans, and they get to know me and what is going on in and outside my studio.
Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?
• Post regularly to keep your fans up to date with your work as well as a little about you.
• Have a giveaway through your blog for new facebook fans.
• Interact by asking questions — question poll feature is a great tool.
• Link your work with sites where they can purchase.
• Don’t forget to share upcoming shows, paintings that have sold as well as older paintings.
• Share links that might help other artists.
What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?
I love the photo album feature, you can create an album and continue to add to it and it puts the latest photo at the top of your page. This feature is great to use for available paintings, sold paintings and any other photos you would like to group together.
Example: Photo album of the critters that taunt my dog outside my studio—a fan favorite.
What’s coming next from your studio?
Lots of plein air paintings. I belong to a local group of plein air artists called the Chestnut Group, a nonprofit alliance of landscape artists and friends dedicated to the conservation & preservation of vanishing landscapes in Middle Tennessee.
I am also planning a series of bovine paintings with a bit of a Nashville flair. Thanks for stopping a minute to read a little about me! I would love to get to know you! I hope you will visit and like my facebook page, and learn more about what is going on inside and outside my studio.
This week’s EBSQ Blogger is a pastel artist who’s not afraid to take her art on the road. You might find her on a street corner, a city park or even out in the countryside. Her pastel paintings are vibrant, colorful impressions of the beauty all around us.
Who and where are you?
Hi! I’m Brenda Boylan (also known as “Lil’ b”, by my closest friend). Painting with soft pastels in the studio or en plein-air is what I LOVE to do! I’ve been painting professionally for 16 years and am a member of the Northwest Pastel Society and a few other regional organizations. I have won a few awards with my work and more recently my work was published in the Best of America Pastel II Series.
I’m also married to the man of my dreams and a mom of two very busy kids, so you could say I’m pretty fulfilled. I live in the Great Northwest, Portland, Oregon, where tree huggers and salmon run free. This region offers artists a lot of beautiful areas to gain inspiration from.
How did you get started art blogging?
I started blogging mostly out of curiosity. Visiting my favorite artists’ websites, (some from EBSQ) I noticed that a lot of them had really cool blogs which kept me coming back for more. From their example, I figured out how and what I would blog about. Also, I was told that Blogging is a simple way to market my work to a wider market and that I can easily build relationships with my visitors. Sounded easy to me! So I jumped right in, and have been posting weekly since September of ’07. Blogging keeps me accountable to my art and motivates me to paint on a regular basis which can sometimes be hard with my busy life.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
Keep it simple and have interesting things to write about that others may learn from. Also, post regularly! I have found bloggers who don’t post regularly don’t give me any reason to return.
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?
I love to listen to a lot of different stuff. Currently, I use Pandora.com and have created a “station” I mixed with 80 punk/new wave music as well as the other side of the spectrum of Classical and new age instrumental sounds. More recently, the background sounds of jazz are beginning to appeal to me more and more.
What’s coming next from your easel?
I’m getting ready to create a larger version of a study I did last November ’09, called “Evening Reflections“. I have been working on a series of 24×24″ scenes of my family’s farm, but have moved beyond that idea to include other property lines filled with moody color. This one study is just what I’d like to make on a larger scale. Sometimes a study doesn’t translate into a larger piece, so I will be trying to capture the mood more than the exact likeness of the study.
Thank you Brenda for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!
If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?