EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: So Jeo LeBlond

Who and where are you?

My name is So Jeo LeBlond and I am a Pysanky / Batik Egg artist living in Nova
Scotia Canada. I use the traditional Ukrainian technique of decorating real
blown eggshells using a writing instrument called a kistka to write designs on
the shells with hot melted beeswax and then color them using dyes. I enjoy
taking traditional and non-traditional elements and producing my own unique
creations.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

I first started using Facebook like so many others as a personal page, using it
as a social platform to keep in touch with friends and family. In 2010, I
created my Facebook Page to display my artwork. I realized that it was the
perfect platform to advertise my artwork and it’s free!

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

My tip for other artists starting a Facebook Page is say you want to post a
photo of a new piece to several different groups, post one photo only and then
share that photo to the groups. This way whenever someone clicks on your
photo, it will bring them back to your page.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

I love that I can incorporate all the individual web services that I use into
one place. It’s like having a second website, as it incorporates my Etsy
store, eBay auctions, Zazzle products and Flickr photos. I also love that it is
so easy to share information and photos of my artwork, plus my posts reach so
many others that might not necessarily come across my work otherwise.

What’s coming next from your studio?

This year I would like to increase my jewelry line, creating more designs,
styles and increasing my clientele.

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EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Aja Apa-Soura

Who and where are you?

My name is Aja Apa-Soura. My business, Sagittarius Gallery, is run out of my Scotia, NY studio. That’s where the magic happens 😉

How were you introduced to Facebook?

Actually, through Myspace back in the day *laughs*. A couple of my friends were migrating over here and I decided to make the move as well. Hated the sparkle giffs and geocities look that had taken over, and my business page was certainly doing me no favors. It was sort of like walking into an under 18 dance club, setting up in the corner next to a glittery banner and asking people to seriously consider my artwork. I always thought *everyone* had a Myspace. No. They didn’t. But nearly everyone has a Facebook page…even my mom, dad, and grandmother!

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Keep it fresh and updated. I have found providing progress shots through the creation of my paintings creates a buzz among my friends and fans, and Facebook ensures that many of these posts show right up in their newsfeeds, instead of them having to seek out my blog for the latest update. I also offer specials that only my facebook fans would be privy to – it really is an invaluable tool, especially considering its mainstream use and broad reach.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

I really like the fact that my friends and fans can share my content with others, leading new potential patrons back to my page. Grass roots, word of mouth advertisement at its finest.

What’s coming next from your studio?

I have made a shift in my signature nude work and started adding faces…to anyone who is a fan of my work, this is big, so I am exploring this new avenue and challenging myself in the process. I also have a commission for a local mortgage funding bank to create a painting that will be presented as their award to 50 of their top area employees, which is extremely exciting! Every day there is something new and I love this adventure I call being a fulltime artist!

Follow Aja on Facebook

http://aja.ebsqart.com/

EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Carol DeMumbrum

Who and where are you?

Hi, I am Carol DeMumbrum. I paint subjects that both stop me visually and touch me emotionally. I am blessed to live on the same farm I grew up on, right outside of Nashville, Tennessee. If I have not had a paintbrush or pencil in my hand, the day does not feel complete and I am not a happy girl.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

From the social aspect at first, to keep in touch with family and friends. Now, through my business page I am able to get to know my facebook fans, and they get to know me and what is going on in and outside my studio.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

• Post regularly to keep your fans up to date with your work as well as a little about you.

• Have a giveaway through your blog for new facebook fans.

• Interact by asking questions — question poll feature is a great tool.

• Link your work with sites where they can purchase.

• Don’t forget to share upcoming shows, paintings that have sold as well as older paintings.

• Share links that might help other artists.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

I love the photo album feature, you can create an album and continue to add to it and it puts the latest photo at the top of your page. This feature is great to use for available paintings, sold paintings and any other photos you would like to group together.

Example: Photo album of the critters that taunt my dog outside my studio—a fan favorite.

What’s coming next from your studio?

Lots of plein air paintings. I belong to a local group of plein air artists called the Chestnut Group, a nonprofit alliance of landscape artists and friends dedicated to the conservation & preservation of vanishing landscapes in Middle Tennessee.
I am also planning a series of bovine paintings with a bit of a Nashville flair. Thanks for stopping a minute to read a little about me! I would love to get to know you! I hope you will visit and like my facebook page, and learn more about what is going on inside and outside my studio.

Carol DeMumbrum on Facebook

http://caroldemumbrum.ebsqart.com/

EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Kimmary MacLean

Who and where are you?

Kimmary I. MacLean and I live in Maryland.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

A friend said to me, everyone’s on Facebook, you have to be on Facebook. I resisted at first, but once I joined I realized he was right. If you want to stay connected you need to be on Facebook.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Post information regularly, but don’t over post. Also, use lot of visuals (not hard for an artist, right?).

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

It’s tough to pick a favorite. I love that when you type in a link, an image will automatically pop up to go with it. But specific to the fan page, Insights. A feature that shows how many people you are reaching per post.

What’s coming next from your studio?

I constantly have new ideas. Over the next few months I plan to add a new series, adding borders to a lot of my current work, as well as, a lot of new botanical photography and digital work. Over the summer I plan on creating new paintings and drawings.

http://www.facebook.com/KimmaryIMacLean

http://kimmary.ebsqart.com/

EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Stephanie Amos

Who and where are you?

I’m a multimedia artist that is known as samos (only because that’s how I sign my work) and most everyone
calls me Stephanie. I create unique abstract figures in bronze, delicate ceramics in bright, funky colors and abstract paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. I’m a native of beautiful Colorado and live in the mountains with my amazing husband, three loving dogs, and two very handsome horses.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

I believe I learned of Facebook through discussions on MySpace. I was just getting into the social networking scene for my art and like everyone else, I had to join.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

I would suggest using interesting images of your work with good descriptions and post art related articles or blurbs that are interesting to you. It lets your readers get to know you a little better as an individual.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

I actually like the new timeline layout for my Facebook page. I didn’t think I would, but what I like about it is that you can read it more like a book or magazine in a horizontal format as opposed to the traditional vertical one.

What’s coming next from your studio?

I’ve been working on a new design for my planters that I’m excited to introduce in my ETSY shop MuddyPotts and I’m also working on three new large paintings.

Stephanie Amos on Facebook

http://stephanieamos.ebsqart.com/

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Alma Lee

Who and where are you?

I am an artist and poet, my husband and I live and work in a rural area just north of Green Bay WI aka Packer country. We have come to call our hometown, the Kissikimee of Wisconsin, you know the middle of nowhere just 15 minutes from everywhere.

How did you get started art blogging?

I have to be honest I started only because I was told I should. For the life of me in my native’ I could not imagine how this was going to help me market my art. I have come to understand people have an innate sense of curiosity about art and artists. I was completely dumbfounded about what I would blog about. At the same time there seemed to be some negative chatter around the idea of blogging about yourself. I set out to interview some fellow artists to fill the space. Though it was not a bad idea, I found that many artists are more than willing to share their art, but seem somewhat reluctant to share their processes, or thoughts behind a piece. After a while I realized my entries seemed contrived and more like an artist Crit than an interview. It made me think back to the simple foundation I learned in a technical writing course in college, “Write what you know and dream about the rest” Well I may not be sure of who I am most days, but I do know my art, my processes, and inspirations and dreams behind each work. Once used that knowledge, pick a work of art and used it as a springboard I felt I was on surer footing. And I found that process simpler to start, and very useful even in interviewing others.

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I find that I the beginning I was caught up in the hype of blogging. After all this is about marketing and requires some serious planning. Doesn’t it? When you find yourself caught up in the numbers game ie how many hits, likes and followers you have, it can be pretty discouraging. I kept asking myself with all the other blogs people are reading who is going to find time for yours? Then I would look at other artists blogs and see they had more followers than I and I felt totally defeated. I became a comment junkie, if some post went without comment I would wonder what was wrong ? Is it the art or the writing? It became an endless spiral to something that is supposedly FUN! It was some time before I realized that the biggest concerns were not how many would hits, followers or comments. But what is your standing with the search engines, where are you placed? If you can get a potential customer to “google” you, can they find you? Can they find your work, auctions, website ect? Google honors new and frequent content on blogs so if you do it right your blog should appear on the first or second page of the results. And you are able to direct them from there. I am also fascinated with where my audience comes from, I love looking at the analytics, it helps me fine tune just who my target market is. It was vindicating for me to learn that most of my audience aka potential patrons come from far out of state. I learned my art is better received on the coasts and even overseas than the conservative Midwest region I live in, I have to take that into account when I am in the studio. In reality I will probably never meet any of them, but thanks to blogging, we can connect. For me it is like having lunch with good friends, expect I do most of the talking and never blow my diet! Does it get better than that? My best advice would be commit yourself to it, Be bold, make it about your passion, your art. There is no greater patron aphrodisiac than the evidence of an artist’s passion indeed I believe they will not purchase art without it.

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

When I am working in my studio, I start out in silence, the inspiration phase tends best attended by silence it keeps my mind and spirit free lead unencumbered with clutter. However once it is time to translate the vision into reality, I find music blaring, just this side of ear splitting a great catalyst. I have rather eclectic tastes and wander my way through, Selah, LeAnn Rimes, Adele, one of the 3 tenors (my favorite being Carreras), Elton John, Streisand and when I grow tired Heart will always bring me around with Magic Man and Crazy on You.

What’s coming next from your studio?

I find myself drawn to giving my hand drawn, painted originals a 2nd life in digital. I have been entranced with pulling my finished works into Photoshop and Painter and reworking them into completely new digital paintings, with virtually no recognition of the beginning original, the same painting in another dimension if you will.

http://almaleeoriginals-artscape.blogspot.com/

EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Carmen Medlin

Carmen Medlin

Who and where are you?

I am Carmen Medlin, and I am an artist living in the Black Hills of South Dakota with my wonderful husband and three cats. I am continually inspired by God’s creation around me, and nature seems to always find a way into my artwork ; it certainly helps to live in a forest, also! I have a storybook kind of art style, and love to paint things that have a sense of childhood or innocence about them.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

At first I was just using it to visit family and old friends, but a friend of mine who also licenses my art for rubber stamps at Susana’s Custom Art and Card Design talked me into trying a Facebook fan page for art purposes, as she was starting one also. I’m glad she talked me into it, because it was just the sense of community I had been missing since leaving LiveJournal years ago – which is where I met many of my fellow artist friends in the beginning. It has helped me to keep connected both with other artists and with art collector friends.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

I think it is good to give people a peek into your world as an artist – post sketches, a bit of daily life, works in progress, that sort of thing. I am always fascinated by reading about other artists’ lives and their art process. It even makes me like their artwork more and more just getting to know them better. Use a lot of pictures!

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

Definitely the ability to make friends with other artists and collectors. I really love that. This also helps me to see what types of artwork people like best, as you can get more or less immediate feedback. Then I know what to paint more of!

What’s coming next from your studio?

I have several commissions featuring cute mice for different seasons and holidays coming up. I’ve also been sketching a lot of “bird girls”, which I am sure will end up being painted. They either have bird wings themselves or are wearing clothes that have bird wing shapes. I guess I’ve been thinking a lot about birds and rodents lately!

http://www.facebook.com/CarmenMedlinArt

http://dancingdoestudios.ebsqart.com/