EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Christine Striemer

Who and where are you?

Christine E. Striemer (AKA CES) from Saskatchewan, Canada. We just moved from the big city Saskatoon back to the country last year and we are loving it!

How were you introduced to Facebook?

I noticed most of my friends and family were using it for it’s social aspect. I didn’t have much desire to use it socially, but once I discovered the business potential for it, I jumped on board.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Links, links, links with the photos of your art. If you’re in the business of selling your art and not just showing it, always post links to where it can be bought. Keep your links updated. Make sure your posts with links can be shared easily from Facebook user to Facebook user. (Some automatic blog posts show up without the share function).

Describe your work: size, medium, support, price, etc.

Create an “Available Works” album and keep it updated.

“Like” other pages with your art page, especially pages that tend to share artists’ work.

Take the time to thank followers for their comments or shares, and respond to any questions.

Also, update your status with something new consistently. Aim for at least twice a week, but once a day is better. Even if you don’t have a new piece of art to share, update with an old one that may have gone unnoticed for quite some time or even simply talk about what you’re working on. Caution: don’t bore people with 20 posts a day. If you overwhelm your fans, they’re more likely to skip over your posts.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

The share function! Every time something is shared from your page, your audience increases and multiplies.

What’s coming next from your studio?

I’m currently working on the 29 Faces of May challenge. It has been an exhausting endeavor, but I’m determined to see it through. I’m finding that I’m producing some of my most creative works!

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EBSQ Friday Faces of May

The internet is full of various challenges for creative types. Several of our EBSQ artists are participating in the 29 Faces challenge. I’ve been highlighting a face every Friday this month during the challenge. Today I’m highlighting two faces from each artist. Click on the images to see more!

  

  

  

  

  

This month’s participating artists are: Patience, Sherry Key, Vicky Knowles, Christine E. Striemer, and Windi Rosson.

EBSQ Friday Five

1. 29 Faces in May ‘Air Element’ – As a collector of Matryoshka Dolls I could not resist sharing artist, Sherry Key’s face #10 for the 29 Faces in May Challenge. Isn’t she darling?!

2. An End Leads to a New Beginning – Stephanie Amos has an informative blog post on the business of art, specifically artist blogs, that you will not want to miss.

3. Addicted to Artistic Improvement – Delilah Smith made a list of five things you can do to improve your skill as an artist. Are there anymore you would add?

4. ArtView App for iPhone – Stacey Zimmerman has the rundown on Imagekind’s new App that will let you see how art looks on your own walls. Very cool!

5. Creative Reading – I have a blog post on my other blog about creative reading (fiction and nonfiction). What are some of your favorite art books?

Have a wonderful weekend!

EBSQ Friday Five

1. Babette – This week’s Face comes to us from EBSQ artist, Patience. Something about this portrait pulls me in and I can’t help but wonder what she is thinking, what she might be looking at with those thoughtful eyes.

2. The Tangerine Process – Oh! You must see the WIP images from Sara Burrier’s latest painting. Wow!!

3. Ten Reasons to Commission a Portrait – An insightful look at portrait art by Miriam Schulman, and why you should commission a portrait today.

4. Painting with Don Cincone – Melanie Douthit had the opportunity to paint with internationally recognized artist, Don Cicone! She has a wonderful post on her blog about the workshop.

5. I’m always on the look out for great blog articles from EBSQ artists. If you have something you’d like to share in the Friday Five drop me a line at amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com.

Have a wonderful weekend!

EBSQ Friday Five

1. 29 Faces of May: Scars – Christine Striemer and several other EBSQ artists are participating in the 29 Faces of May challenge. Throughout May I will feature one of those faces in the Friday Five. Today’s face is creepy and captivating!

2. May MOTM: Helpless – Maureen Frank offers an exercise to help with those feelings of helplessness in this month’s mandala. All of Maureen’s Mandala’s are free to download and color how you want!

3. Quillers to join me on EBSQ? – First off, I want to welcome Sandra White to EBSQ! Second, she’s looking for other Quillers to join her. What is Quilling? Check out her blog–it’s amazing.

4. Distance and Time – Niki Soppelsa shares her sketchbook from the 2012 Sketchbook Project. If you love collage don’t miss this one.

5. Arts Goggle in Fort Worth, Texas – Later this month, Melanie Douthit will be participating in a huge art crawl. Check her blog for more details!

Have a wonderful weekend!