This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week began as a ceramic artist, but hasn’t been afraid to take her creativity to the limit. She now paints, draws and even sculpts the surreal and fantastic–she is a true gem!
Who and where are you?
Sherry Key, North Texas, Dallas area, out in the country, renting, living the life of an artist on evenings and weekends, when I’m off work at my day job. I received several scholarships for sculpture and ceramics on merit of my work and that’s really the only art training I’ve had. I’ve had my share of tragedies in life, and health issues, but we have choices we can make, and so far my therapy is focusing on the humorous and surreal in my art. I’m also a Licensed Massage Therapist and for a few years I taught Anatomy and Physiology and other therapist to become therapist.
How did you get started art blogging?
It’s all the fault of my EBSQ community and my new EBSQ friends. Thanks to them I have been introduced to the wonderful world of blogging. I feel like I have my own little newsletter and I am the one with total control…HA, HA, HA (evil laugh). I can feature what or whom I want and love the networking aspect of it. I use WordPress and they are coming out with new themes frequently that my inner artist can’t seem to resist playing with.
Any tips for other EBSQ bloggers?
Like I have seen other bloggers say frequently, keep your material fresh and current. People love to see your latest artwork. Sometimes I would like to post two or three different post a day but I have to make myself slow down because I want my newest post to have a chance to be seen. In April I started featuring other EBSQ artist on my blog. It is great networking. I add links to their blogs, profiles and portfolios, so if someone clicks on those links, and it leads them to check out other art and artist, and blogs, and websites, then that increases exposure for other artist AND myself.
I have noticed anything tagged photograph or photography like my hand colored photos, seems to get frequent hits. I get hits on “Nibblefest”entries, “EBSQ” show entries, “My Featured Artist”, and my ACEO gallery. Also people love “How To” or the “Making of” posts. Since I learned how to do fractals for the EBSQ Fractal show I am offering those and any new ones I create, as free desktop wallpaper to encourage people to Fan, or Like me, on Facebook, etc.
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?
My music choices are varied and many. I love good Rock and Blues. I don’t listen to music much when I am creating. I have the T.V. on most of the time. I’m a big sci-fi nut and love comedy too. I am by myself a lot so I like something going on in the background. If I am really trying to concentrate on a piece, I will watch something I’ve seen before so it doesn’t distract me.
What’s coming next from your easel?
I recently got to do an “EBSQ Live” on hand coloring photos which was a lot of fun. My mediums of interest, to name a few, are clay, oil pastels, colored pencils and ink, hand coloring photos, fiber art and jewelry. I am doing a lot of ACEO’s, at least four or five a week, so I always have one of them in the pipeline and they have been doing pretty well on Ebay. I have several different “series” I am working on in those. I don’t have anywhere to fire my sculptures at the moment, so have been working with polymer clays.
I try to enter something in most of the EBSQ shows so whatever shows are coming up next I will be working on pieces for those. Entering the shows has really given me incentive to stretch and hone my abilities, especially my painting and drawing skills. As far as blogging goes I still want to add more pages, galleries, etc., and I have some pages that are not fully developed yet that I want to work on too.
Thank you Sherry 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?