Who and where are you?
I’m Michele Bruce Carter, a forty-something artist a with myriad of interests ranging from preserving peaches to punk rock. I’m originally from So. Illinois. I traveled around quite a bit during my young adulthood and now reside in Kansas. I think the traveling around gave me the opportunity to gather a lot of resource material for my mind to use for art. I enjoy painting a wide variety of subjects.. and if I had to paint the same thing twice…I’m sure it might cause me to burst into flames. So naturally, I try to avoid that. I also play electric and acoustic guitar, ride and train horses, enjoy reading fantasy novels, and I’m seriously hung up on Old Hollywood: film, actors, actresses, couture and hairstyles.
How did you get started art blogging?
I jumped right onto Blogger and started showcasing my work. I think I mainly did it for selfish reasons. I was fascinated by the means which led me to creating art..the inspiration I guess you would call it. It amazed me how music and/or life experiences could cause such interesting things to happen. Sometimes the art was good and sometimes not so good. My work generally reflected my feelings towards something related to my senses or emotions. It would be like..Mmmm loving this Peanut Buster Parfait..Oh my God I have to paint one. Or..Yes it’s raining, I must paint something BLUE. Blue for the rainy day blues I guess? I don’t know – sometimes I have trouble making the connections myself. I normally just try and go with the feelings. For me, if there are no feelings, there is no art.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
Don’t be afraid to show your soft side in your blog- your non business, quirky side. It makes me feel like I’m getting to know you…as I’m sure most readers would like to also feel…art should be a soulful process – don’t be afraid to show it – art is more than just images and technique. In my opinion, the ‘in between” paintings or intermission on a blog is just as important to the creating process. It’s what rejuvenates us for the next crop of paintings. I think it’s important that readers also understand this and thereby appreciate the final product a bit more. But I’m no expert, these are just things I feel comfortable with on my weblog and ones I visit. I also firmly believe in showing support to your fellow artisans. Get to know them, comment often. It seems there is soo much competition between artists.. as if some are worried about other artists stealing readers or collectors. (double thumbs down on this). Were all in this together, experiences are what keep us feeling alive, growing and giving us inspiration for new work. The more non-(overly)competitive people you encounter, the better it is for brainstorming, sharing life and the experience of art. And finally..I love to see 5 min sketches posted..The pure, raw talent you can get out of five minutes is astonishing. I’m always looking for sketches when I visit an art blog.
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?
Music-Well last week it was 1940’s wartime favorites…as in Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington,Dorsey, Cab Calloway ( this CD set helped produce a lot of art for me ) This week is Iggy Pop. Next week…who knows
Movies-I usually play the same movies over and over. I collect VHS tapes. My favs are Marilyn Monroe’s films, The Thing, Outbreak, Alien, Waterworld, The Others. I kinda just have them on for background music..I love the scores on these films.
I also have to have fresh coffee made in my french press and comfortable clothing..I’m usually painting in an old vintage slip (I collect those too). Yes =P I am strange.
What’s coming next from your easel?
I’m in the mood for anything soft..I have just got over a streak of super high contrast color paintings..paintings with a punch, they almost hurt your eyes to look at them. Time for something different. Everything in moderation , right? =D
Thank you Michele 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?