This week’s EBSQ Blogger is a passionate artist, who’s eclectic interests shine through in her varied paintings of forgotten toys and everyday objects. She has something for everyone, but it especially loved by fellow gamers.
Who and where are you?
I’m Aimee Dingman, and I live in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, near the newly-rejuvenated Market Street area. I’m a largely self-taught artist; I pour myself into a lot of molds these days (archaeology and history student, retro pop-culture fiend, gamer, writer and wife) and all of that affects my art, as well as who I see when I look in a mirror.
How did you get started art blogging?
Well, like pretty much any young person who went through high school during the beginnings of the Internet as we know it, I’ve dabbled at blogging for many years. However, it’s never really taken with me for very long, until now. Blogging was kind of a natural addition to what I’m trying to accomplish–making my studio financially viable, establish myself with artistic consistency, and more than anything, to become debt free. My blog follows my art and by extension, follows my struggles along the way.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
Be consistent. Both in your art, and in your entries. In a year, I change from acrylics to pastel to printmaking, often without warning–but the key is continuing to produce, and to share what you’ve done. As a blog reader, I enjoy being able to peruse fresh art from the bloggers I follow with some regularity. The longer between relevant updates…the more likely I am to forget about a blog. If I’m not posting something almost every day, it becomes much easier to let the blog slide. Running a blog takes 20% art, 40% discipline and 40% hustle. Get your name out there!
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?
It depends on what I’m doing. If I’m in the studio, painting on something relatively big, I like to listen to music–usually something fun–and that could be anything from David Bowie to Beastie Boys to Tom Petty. When working small, I usually let the TV drone along or put in a TV box set, like M*A*S*H or Futurama. Something I know so well already, I don’t need to actually watch it. Sometimes I paint at night while my husband does paperwork, and we chat with each other the whole time.
What’s coming next from your easel?
I’ll be appearing at TooManyGames, a video game convention in Reading, PA, displaying and selling pixel paintings inspired by classic video games, something I started doing six years ago, and hope to continue. I’m also working on refining my painting techniques, and I’ve fallen back in love with the still life. I’ve got to put my own stamp on it, though, which is why I’m focusing on worn-out, vintage objects, like toys from my 80’s childhood and obsolete phones and electronics. Someday I’d love to resume work on some fantasy illustration I began, but after a few years of wild experimentation, I feel I need to find a little more discipline before tackling that.
Thank you Aimee 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?