EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Cindy Couling

Cindy Couling Art Brain

Who and where are you?

I’m Cindy Couling. I’m an artist and graphic designer from Sunnyvale, CA. By day I run my own design shop and I illustrate commercially now and then. By night (and whenever I can fit it in) I do art for myself. I’m Canadian born, fell in love on the internet with a wonderful American man who married me and changed my world. I play around with any art medium that catches me eye. I do ceramics for awhile, then paint and journal, then do a little of whatever craft that’s interesting to me that week and come full circle back to ceramics. I think I am a little A-D-D when it comes to art. I love every aspect of art and want to try everything.

Skulls by Cindy Couling

How did you get started art blogging?

I’ve never been a good writer. I find it really hard to express myself with words alone. I loved the idea of blogging, but wasn’t excited about writing. Instead of writing, I decided to post a visual journal and let my art tell my stories. Over the years I’ve become more vocal and more confident in my writing.

Peace on Earth by Cindy Couling

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Don’t be worried about being a good writer. Let your art speak for you. Post what appeals to you, not what you think the viewers want to see. Be your true self.

Namaste by Cindy Couling

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

I love all kinds of music, but I love good, cheesy 70’s and 80’s music. Listening to ‘Car Wash’ or ‘Bennie and the Jets’ takes me back to being a kid again, playing and not giving a sh*t about what other people think. I also love letting my ipod decide what I want to hear based on a single song choice. (I’m amazed at how smart the ‘genius’ function is.) Technology blows me away. (I’m such a nerd in soooo many ways. lol.)

Be Yourself by Cindy Couling

What can we expect to see next from your studio?

Who knows! (…and I like ‘not knowing’!) Right now I am working on ceramics again, but my art journal is calling to me again.


Thank you Cindy 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?


EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Amanda Hone

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an amazing self-taught artist. Her bold paintings easily steal the show!

EBSQ Artist Amanda Hone

Who and where are you?

I am Amanda Hone, an abstract representational colourist, living and working in the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia in the UK. I have no formal art education but would probably have been useless at it anyway. I’ve never been terribly good at being told what to do. I’ve been painting professionally for 8 years now and despite the financial ups and downs of this particular career, I wouldn’t swap it for anything.

Caernarfon by Amanda Hone

How did you get started art blogging?

I started mainly so that I could share my work with family and friends. As time has gone on though I have found it to be an excellent way to involve customers and of course, potential customers in the rather hidden world of the studio. Occasionally I upload work-in-progress photographs and I have found that many people find this interesting.

Stanlow Oil Refinery by Amanda Hone

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

The more you put in to it, the more you will get out of it. Be interesting, don’t waffle or ramble too much and pictures are critical. Good pictures. It isn’t difficult to use a paint package on the computer to bring your photos to life. Don’t necessarily accept what you get straight from your camera. Tweak the contrast, adjust the colour balance, cut out the distracting backgrounds. You don’t need to change your work from what is really is, just try and get across the reality of what you see before you.

Harlech Castle b Amanda Hone

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

Generally I don’t have music on when I paint. Even if I did I don’t think I would really hear it as I get totally absorbed with what I am doing. I do have rituals though. Little things like mixing black paint to the right consistency must be done in the correct pot… I’ve been using the same one for years… and water must always be from the same beaker. It makes no difference at all, I just like to do it that way. Also, and this is important to me, once painting starts there is no sitting down. I paint standing. If I sit, I am finished. When I am painting tricky black lines I can’t touch anything. No leaning on the table, no steadying myself against a wall. It has to be totally free-hand and I nearly always hold my breath until the line is finished.

Portmeirion by Amana Hone

What’s coming next from your easel?

Well I have a large art fair on 11-13th November at Windsor racecourse and am planning on taking about 50 paintings to that. I’m also working on my ‘For the Love of Wales’ series and am planning a similar series based on ancient and modern landmarks around the world. But of course I do, very easily, get distracted by other ideas that pop into my head so there is usually one or two sub-themes going on as well. For instance I have just bought some fabulous canvases that are 36″ x 4″. Long and thin. I have so many ideas for those that I may just have to get on and paint a few before I get back on track.

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Laura Barbosa

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week art is a bold, rich and diverse reflection of the creative mind. She is an artist without limits, one who lets her muse take the driver’s seat.

Who and Where Are You?

Hello, my name is Laura Barbosa and I am a full time fine artist & business owner. I live off the sales of my original paintings and fine art prints. My art is collected on an International Level and my artwork has been featured on HGTV, Published in Hair’s How Magazine, NY ARTS Magazine, Forbes & more.

I am also a mom to 2 wonderful dogs including a therapy dog named Henna. My free time is spent visiting nursing homes and spreading the Joy that only a dog can bring. We live in South New Jersey near the Seaside Boardwalk where they filmed the reality show “Jersey Shore”.

Eagle Feathers 30 x 40 Acrylic

How did you get started art blogging?

When I first started selling my paintings over the internet, I read many articles and found out that Art Blogging was an essential key element to getting noticed by the public. I also wanted a place where I could post my artwork and explain my techniques so I had articles for future reference. My first blog post was not very good because I thought about what I would say and put the words down very mechanically. But through the years, I have learned that any article or blog worth reading must come from the heart. This revelation also helped me name my wordpress blog: “The Heart Of Art Blog – A Virtual Meeting Ground For Art lovers” Since then my art blog has become a diary of my artwork, events, commissions, tips on techniques, a place to share my inner thoughts about selling art, and the best place for me to write down my true feelings and interact with the public. The Heart Of Art Blog has gained popularity through facebook and also has introduced me to many other artists who are now great friends and influential clients and galleries.

Steam 24 x 36 Acrylic & Ink

Any Tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

My tips would be to keep your blog posts short and interesting and write your true feelings down like you are talking to a best friend. Post at least 3 times a week, something about you as an artist, your new work, your techniques and anything that you think is interesting. Also make sure that your photos are very clear and that you post photos in the majority of your blog posts because people love looking at pictures as a reference to what you are talking about. If you have a face book page, get the app for your blog so you can share your posts automatically with your friends and fans.

Day of the Dead 30 X 40 Acrylic

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

Well, my secret is: I love the Vampire Diaries! I download songs from the soundtrack so I can listen to them while I work. If I am in a more serious mood and creating art with great detail, I might change over to classical music or Andrea Bocelli. The only other ritual I have is clearing my mind before I start working either by taking the dogs for a walk or sitting in the yard for awhile to relax. One thing is for sure: Painting original art on canvas must be done when you have the best desire to do it. I can never force creativity, it just has to flow subconsciously or it won’t turn out very good. I think it is a lot like writing a good blog post from the heart. A good painting must come from the soul.

Uncanny Valley 24 x 36 Acrylic & Inks

What’s coming next for your easel?

I could go on forever answering this question! I have so many ideas, that I literally carry a sketch book with me wherever I go to jot down my future paintings. My next piece is going to involve texture and will include a tropical theme. Maybe some pelicans or ocean art. After that I must paint some fish for the summer. Fish paintings sell out very quickly for me. What I really want to do is a giant abstract for modern interiors, something that includes half faces and industrial mechanisms. There are so many ideas, I usually just decide what I am going to do when I am staring at the canvas, then it happens quickly and finishing it could take any length of time depending on the detail and subject matter. So stay tuned for a lot more art. There is no telling what I will come up with next!


Thank you Laura 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?

Join Today!