EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Cindy Agathocleous

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is a talented daily painter of still life. Her subjects are a menagerie of everyday objects, rich in texture and color. She’s one of my new favorites and I’m sure you will love her too!

Who and where are you?

I am going to spare you the knee jerk philosophical diatribe that the question ‘who are you’ inevitably brings out in me and just say that my name is Cindy Agathocleous. I live in Canton, Michigan, USA. I have been married for almost 25 years and have two teenage children. My husband is Greek from Cyprus. I have a son and a daughter. My dog is an adorable border terrier. I worked as a mechanical engineer for Ford for 15 years. Before
that I worked in an environmental lab as a technician. I have been painting for 16 years. It is one of the great loves of my life.
Can Opener, 6x6 in, oil on canvas panel
How did you get started art blogging?

I started blogging when I started painting again after a 5 year break due to illness. I wanted a way to chart my progress and connect with other painters. A blog is a great way to keep track of your work and the thoughts behind it.
Lime, 4x4 in, oil on canvas panel
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

It’s nice to link your blog with EBSQ, your web page, facebook, twitter and other social and professional web media. You can build a group of connections good for both socializing as an artist and marketing your work. My best tip is to keep it professional. Remember you are blogging online, not in a private journal. That said, it’s also good to be open and engaging. That way everyone gets the most out of it. I prefer painting to writing but it’s nice if you can share your thoughts and process with readers. That’s interesting to them.
I also enjoy messing with my blog format, probably too much. There is so much you can do. It is an art in itself. I think it’s important to know know at least a minimal amount about html and web page designing, particularly if you work in the arts. Your blog and other web pages are a reflective of your aesthetics as well as your artwork.
Weeping, 6x4 in, oil on canvas panel
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I have a Sansa mp3 player with about 300 songs on it. Sometimes I play it on shuffle and other times I listen to specific albums. I like: the Barenaked Ladies, Sophie B. Hawkins, the Across the Universe soundtrack, Cher, Shakira, the Mama Mia soundtrack, Kid Rock, Meatloaf, … a weird mixture of artists, I know.

Press, 6x8 in, oil on canvas panel
What’s coming next from your easel?

Right now I’m enamored of this onion from my kitchen that sprouted. Today I am expecting a shipment from Dick Blick of brushes and oil paints. I’ll be looking at my onion from a new perspective after I get my new materials and set up my palette.

Thank you Cindy for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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