This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is a fellow Georgia artist with a passion for nature and wildlife. More recently she’s turned her attention to capturing moments in life that sometimes go unseen, but no matter what she’s painting her art is full of heart.
Who and where are you?
I’m Pat DeVane Burns from the heart of Georgia known mostly for my animal and people paintings and palette of rich, vibrant color.
How did you get started art blogging?
In August 2008, after being away from fine art for over six years, I went on-line to see what was going on in the art world… starting with Ebay to see what others were offering and then back-tracking through links to see where the art was coming from. I found and joined the EBSQ community and started following some amazing artists through their blogs and the forums. I started my own blog soon after to give me another web presence and as an extension of my business card. I liked the idea of giving followers a place where they could keep up with my art on their schedule. I’m a fairly ‘low tech’ person and knew nothing of Facebook and Twitter at the time. I’ve tried them since, but find them a bit overwhelming and pull me away from the studio too much, so blogging suits my schedule.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
Just do it! My blog is super simple…there’s always more to learn, but don’t let lack of computer knowledge hold you up. Start with an easy pre-set format and go at your own pace. Daily is a bit much for me, but I do post frequently. It’s an excellent self-discipline tool to keep your art in the forefront. Share your knowledge and discoveries. The biggest benefits I’ve derived have been the consistent contact with art lovers and the development of relationships with other artists. Sometimes you will feel like you are throwing a pebble in the ocean, but remember … your blog is as much for you as for anyone else. Never consider an artwork finished until it is blogged. You will see your development happen in front of your own eyes if you will use it as a tool to outreach and grow.
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in the studio?
I listen to a variety of music depending on what I’m doing but silence does not intimidate me either. A bluesy rock jam session by Phish may play while I’m preparing supports or laying in backgrounds… a good way to get started. Soothing Indian flutes may play while I’m working on a portrait.
If I’m resistant to going into the studio, sometimes I’ll chop vegetables and make a big salad or pot of soup for later. There is something about the repetitive motion that breaks my block. Also, picking up the camera and snapping a few reference pictures of the morning sun hitting an orange cat or doves outside my window huddled against the steady patter of rain. These things get my creative juices flowing.
What’s coming next from your easel?
I’m presently preparing for a solo show at Art on the Avenue in late April, so I’ve got three easels going… an almost finished oil of a distillery worker on one, the bare beginnings of a wildlife in acrylics on another, and the next one to come off… a 24”x48” colorful impressionistic acrylic of a bare pecan orchard. I’m actually painting it again, as my son claimed the first one!
I also do 8”x10” or smaller panels and ‘Spirits in Stone’ in my lap in the den at night while my husband and I watch old movies. Most of them I’ve seen so many times that I never have to even look up from my painting to enjoy them. And I get to enjoy being in the same room with my hubby, who is an incurable night owl.
Thank you Pat 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?