EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Misty Benson

Who and where are you?

I am Misty Benson of Morbidly Adorable Creations –your skull loving, slightly unhinged, sweetly spooky artist. I live, breathe, and conjure my Morbidly Adorable Creations into being from Gossamerfaery’s Attic in curiouser and curiouser Idaho. In plain speak, I work out of my home studio in Caldwell, Idaho!

How were you introduced to Facebook?

My first introduction to Facebook was the slew of e-mail invites and reminders I kept receiving from friends and fans to join! I think I finally joined just to stop the pesky invites, but now, I’m a convert! I guess those Facebook folk know what they are doing!

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Just jump right in! Don’t worry that you won’t have the right thing to say or share. If I don’t have time to post new art, I try to post a photo or an intriguing quote from time to time. I remind everyone that I’m still around even if I’ve been quiet. If you wait until everything is perfect, you’ll never get started. My page is always evolving. I’m always learning a new function or making my page look better. Honestly, I am not very Facebook savvy, so if I learned how to do it, I know just about anyone else can do it, too!

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

I like the large new Cover photo at the top of the page. It’s a nice snapshot into the FB users world. I also love that my minions can “Like” my page and keep up with my art as much or as little as they like! It’s nice that my page can act as a facet of the Morbidly Adorable World while I’m busy painting away behind the scenes!

What’s coming next from your studio?

I am still working on the Morbidly Adorable Tarot deck. It seems like it has been my main project for years now — and it has! Creating 78 original paintings while juggling other projects, tabling at art conventions, running my website, answering e-mails, and just the day to day maintenance of running an art business, has been a challenge. I would gladly do it again and again though! I love how the tarot is coming along, and I really look forward to seeing it all completed myself! Specifically, I am working on the Hanged Man card right now. It’s a HUGE painting. Generally I paint each card as a 16×20 inch painting, but the Hanged Man is a 4×5 foot painting!! (Don’t worry! All these huge paintings will be re-sized down to your standard tarot card sizes for publishing!) It is neither a man, nor is she hanging, but it is the exploration of a pop surrealistic saint. I’m truly enjoying the process! I’m bouncing back and forth between that and the Cups Suit which features sea life!

http://gossamerfaery.ebsqart.com

http://www.facebook.com/mistybensonart

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Team EBSQ-Etsy Featured Showcase: Dia de los Muertos

This month’s Team EBSQ-Etsy theme was Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday to celebrate loved ones who have passed on from this world. Contrary to what you may think, this is not a morbid, dark day. It’s a day to celebrate life and the memories of departed friends and relatives.

Grave Sitter by Sherry Key

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull by Christi Schwartzkopf Visit by Sherry Key

Come Visit by Sherry Key Señorita by Amanda Makepeace

Crystal Onyx Skull Long Earrings by Sholeh Mesbah

 

Featured above are: Sherry Key, Christi Schwartzkopf, Amanda Makepeace, and Sholeh Mesbah.

Next month’s theme: Harvest

Are you an EBSQ Artist with a shop on Etsy? Why not join the EBSQ-Etsy Steet Team?  😉