Who and where are you?
My name is Melinda Dalke and I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for over 12 years. I live in Lebanon, Oregon with my wonderful husband, two fantastic dogs, four beautiful cats and two pretty parakeets.
One of my favorite things to do is drive around on the back roads and take photos of scenery and farm animals-it is always a treat to see local wildlife too! I also enjoy packing up the dogs and going to the Oregon coast.
I grew up in the busy city of Las Vegas, Nevada. I received an Associates Degree in Graphic Arts from the Community College of Southern Nevada. In college I found myself being drawn in my Art History and fascinated by arts ever changing ways.
I do most of my creating in the Shop/Studio – My favorite part of my art area is a large old drafting table that was my fathers and is over 40 years old. I love art books and have
a large diverse collection. I love trying new techniques, mediums and styles. On hot days I like to sit on the patio and paint.
How did you get started art blogging?
I used to follow several art blogs and wanted to share my art that I donate a portion of the proceeds to charities with others. I have been blogging for a long time and have tried several styles, but found the charities were the most important part of what I do and felt they needed to be shared also. I plan on adding another more personal blog at the beginning of 2012.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
I think posting at least once a week, if not more, is important. I have my blog linked to my Facebook art page and Twitter page, so when I post on my blog – it posts on FB and Twitter too!
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?
I love listening to Country Music and Rock – I find both to be uplifting and inspiring. I love singing while I paint, so do my parakeets-sometimes my dogs join in too!
What’s coming next from your easel?
I am working on an acrylic dog portrait of Halle, a rescued pit bull terrier. Also, I am currently experimenting with Derwent Inktense pencils on Yupo paper and Watercolor paper.
Thank you Melinda 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’re not an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?