EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Lisa Nelson

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is most well known for her Halloween inspired artworks. You can’t help but love her whimsical, folk style. As for me, I’m enamored with her feline paintings. Which are your favorites?

Who and where are you?

My name is Lisa Monica Nelson (I use my middle name at times because Lisa Nelson is such a common name!)  and I’m located in SE Pennsylvania.

Pumpkin Thieves, acrylics on canvas board, 16" x 20"

How did you get started art blogging?

Good question – I wish I had an inspiring answer but in all honesty, I don’t recall!  I started a blog years ago before blogspot was so user friendly.  My cats had their own blog too.  Eventually I tired of blogging and deleted them.  When I started my new blog, I committed to blog at least once a week.  Some weeks are easier than others and I admit that I fall short of my commitment when I get busy with deadlines.

Black Cat Resting, watercolors and gouache on Arches, 4" x 6"

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Leave comments on other blogs (preferably nice ones)!  The proper etiquette is for the recipient to leave a return comment for you on your blog although not everyone seems to be aware of this.  I usually leave a return comment in about a week.  It’s a great way to ‘meet’ others and I’ve been told that readers have ‘found’ my blog by comments I left on other blogs.  There are so many interesting souls in blogland!

Consider monitoring your comments to avoid porn links and that sort of thing.

List your new art on your blog – all of the time, as often as you can.  Exposure is the name of the game.

If you’re on Facebook, network your blog.  I admit, I’m not a big FB fan but some of my clients are – they even set it as their homepage.  By networking your blog, you gain a lot of exposure even when you aren’t on FB!

Halloween Party at the Crone's, acrylics on canvas board, 8" x 10"

What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in the studio?

I have my stereo and CDs right next to my drawing table and rarely make use of them.  I love to listen to my cats snoring (or whining), the rain against the windows and, when the windows are open, the numerous songbirds that inhabit the large lilac bush outside my studio window.  “Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) pretty much suits me and I hope to incorporate this quote into a piece of art one of these days.

Potted Kitten, watercolors on Arches, 4" x 6"

What’s coming next from your easel?

Well, here it is March and everything seems to be Halloween in my studio (in preparation for a Halloween show the end of April). This is odd because I’m really not in Halloween frame of mind at the moment – after all, it’s Spring!   However, I also have a few mermaids lingering about waiting for faces and some oil paintings in various stages of drying.  Landscapes, cats, a box of ACEO blanks, some watercolor paper waiting for life, a stack of new distress inks that I’m dying to try on something…  To say I’m eclectic is probably an understatement.  I’m allowing myself to do something non-Halloween every time I finish a Halloween piece and all of this stuff is precariously stacked on the easel which is now more of a storage unit than a functional painting surface.


Thank you Lisa for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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EBSQ Friday Five does Candy

Tootsie Pop Rainbow, 8X10, acrylic on canvas

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere. This week’s Friday Five is a little different, there’s a theme, Candy! Tonight is the deadline for entering in the February Juried EBSQ Candy Show; which is also to be a brick-and-mortar exhibition.

1. Chocolate Shoppe – This isn’t your ordinary candy shop and no, it’s not an EBSQ Artist Blog. But it is the site for the 2010 Candy Show! 😛

2. The Year of Turning it Around – Artist Aimee Dingman shares her Candy show entries and her determination and struggle to keep creating against the odds. 🙂

3. Hug Unfurled – Colored pencil artist extraordinaire talked about savoring the kiss. 😉

4. M&Ms – Pastel artist Kari Tirrell discusses the struggle to paint her subject without eating it first! 😀

5. Walnut Whip Waltz – Mark Satchwill’s treasured whips were not in the Candy Show, but they should have been. I forgive Mark and blame the ocean that separates him from the Chocolate Shoppe. 😉

Yes, I did put smiley’s on each and every one of the Friday Five’s. LOL

Have a great weekend!!

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

365 Days of Art - Day 185 by Kathleen Ralph

1. Day 185 – Through a glass (bottle) – Artist Kathleen Ralph divulges her weakness, but commits to keep trying till she gets it right. I personally think she’s closer than she realizes.

2. Paint America Top 100 – Help us congratulate artist Pat Burns for making it into the top 100 for her painting “Tethered.” WooHoo!

3. A Very Busy Week – Cathy Johnson has been writing an article for Early American Life on the art of miniatures. She shares some of her research and her own miniatures!

4. From doodle to inkle of Toussaint the Teethy -Doodler extraordinaire Keven King shares the sometimes long process of doodle to illustration.

5. Color Scheme Designer – Brenda Boylan shares an incredible online tool for sorting color schemes. Thank you!

Have a wonderful and hopefully creative weekend!

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

Attitude on the Edge by Emily White

1. Darkling Treasures Anniversary Sale – Artist Emily White is having a 2 year anniversary in her shop and to celebrate she’s having a sale! Happy Anniversary Emily!

2. Best Friend New York Artist Spotlight – Linda O’Neill is one of 11 other artists featured on Best Friend New York, a rotating spotlight on artists inspired by dogs. Sales benefit the ASPCA, so check it out today!

3. Humpty Dumpty for Charity – Theresa Bayer is another EBSQ artist doing what they can to support relief efforts in Haiti. Her painting Humpty in Love is up to for auction on Ebay, with 20% going to Mercy Corps.

4. Save the Cows! – Pooka Cow, Spotty Friend and Less Spotty Friend Need your Help. Kim Bailey is donating 50% from sales in her shop to help save these cows from slaughter.

5. DIY Mini Cards – Run out of Mini Moo Cards? Jaz shows you how to transform address labels and old business cards into something brand new!

Have a great weekend everyone!

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

Kandinsky Cadence by Alma Lee

1. Kandinksy Cadence – Artist Alma Lee has been studying the work of Wassily Kandinsky. This week she finished her study with the amazing artwork shown right. Can you believe this is done in colored pencils?

2. Paying Homage – Maria Greene shares birthday wishes to her mother, who is turning 92, and explore her mother’s creative side. It’s obvious Maria inherited her mother’s many talents!

3. A Handful of Charity Auctions for Haiti – Artist Blenda Tyvoll is doing her part to help relief efforts in Haiti by holding several Ebay Auctions to benefit Doctors without Borders. Be quick! These auctions are going fast.

4. The Art of Donations – Jennifer Lommers asks, “Where to draw the line?” She’s offers a great solution that keeps you donating and spreading the word, just in a more clever way. 😉

5. Square: Making business easier for artists – Natasha Wescoat takes a look at a nifty piece of technology perfect for artists wanting to take credit card payments on the fly.

Have a great weekend!

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

Na-Vi-Me by Erika Nelson

1. Na’ Vi Me as Avatar – EBSQ Artist Erika Nelson has a burst of inspiration after seeing the movie Avatar.

2. Angel Auction for Haiti Fund – Deb Harvey is auctioning her Snow Angel painting on Ebay for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Place your Bid today!

3. What about Black Watercolor? – Kathy Jurek explores the art of using black watercolor from both the tube and mixed.

4. Sourcing Supplies – Artist Jennifer Lommers shares her search for eco-friendly supplies and reminds readers that artist do more than sit around painting all day!

5. Will Paint for Web Design – Artist seeks Web Designer and will pay with a painting? Check out my latest venture. 🙂

And as always have a great, and safe, weekend!

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

Unknown by Betty Refour

1. Notes from a Smelly Rhino – AKA Artist Rebecca Salcedo – has instructions for putting together your very own Spray Booth. It’s both inexpensive and deconstructable if you don’t have room to keep it up 24/7.

2. It’s Almost Halloween! Oops – I mean Valentines Day! is brought to you buy artist Lisa Nelson. From Jan. 13 to Feb 13 she’s hosting Holiday Hootenanny at SpookytimeJingles.

3. Name that Painting – Artist Betty Refour is asking for your help. She needs a name for her new painting (shown right). The painting is also for sale in her Etsy shop and a portion of the sale goes to support Breast Cancer initiatives.

4. The Balancing Act – Find out what really does happen when you combine a Mother, Tortured Artist and Desperate Housewife over at The Art and Life of Jaz.

5. Pushing your Limits – Simple and insightful advice from artist Robyn Tipton that applies to more than just artists. In times of stress and struggle it’s more important than ever to rise above. Carpe Diem.

Have a great weekend everyone!