This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week has such a rich palette and the paintings she creates vibrate with a life of their own. Though I know I shouldn’t, I wish I could touch them and feel the texture of the paint. I bet you will too!
Who and where are you?
My name is Mary Victoria Smiley, but I sign and certify my work “Torrie”. Originally from West Texas, I now live and paint in Charlotte, North Carolina. I started painting in 2001, prompted by my daughter’s interest in art. She went off to college majoring in art and I started painting. I checked out every book on painting in the library and with trial and error painted away. I followed artists on the web and watched the painting shows on television. As many already know, painting can be very expensive. As a single mom, my “hobby” seemed a bit frivolous. In 2005, I decided to start selling my paintings on eBay at modest prices to try to recoup my expenses in order to buy more paint and canvas. I also joined EBSQart.com and started following the artists. I guess you could say one thing lead to another…my children now say my “hobby” has gotten totally out of control ~ but I am having the time of my life.
How did you get started art blogging?
Blogging just seemed to be part of the progression into the world of self-representation. I started blogging slowly in 2006. It was quite difficult at first, but has become easier. I am still not where I want to be in my blogging, it continues to be a work in progress. There are some really great blogs out there that I follow and I have learned so much by following artists I admire.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
Blog, BLOG, BLOG!! Jump in there~ blogging is such a wonderful tool to interact with your collectors and other artists. It gives people an easy way to locate and follow your work, know what you are up to creatively, and communicate with you. I appreciate any comments from artists and collectors letting me know what they think of my newest works. My goal is to blog more often and keep my blogs informative and fun using it to keep in touch with the people who follow my work.
Do you have any rituals associated with your creative time?
My studio/office is at the front of the house with a small TV. I usually have it on the news channels during the day when I am working. Sometimes, I turn if off and just listen to everything else that is going on in the house~ Kevin, two dogs, four kids, and one grandchild. I am often inspired by the chaos/reality of everyday and can’t wait to squirt paint on the palette and get started. On days where I am stuck and need inspiration of what to paint, I have a file cabinet and computer full of pictures, I just start going through them and quickly find something I had forgotten that I had wanted to paint.
What’s coming next from your easel?
There is so much started, planned, sketched……I have a dream of one day having the time to be a “real daily painter”, mainly to get around to painting everything~ I feel like I got such a late start, I have to make up for lost time. There are more martini paintings, one almost finished. I am going to paint more animals~ cows, roosters, dogs. I am not where I want to be with my landscape capabilities, so there will be more of those. I will be painting three pieces this month for the “Ripped Off Show” and I participate in several challenge painting blogs on the internet. ~Of course, there will always be pears, all sizes all colors.
Thank you Torrie 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?