Blogger of the Week: Kim Niles

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is most well known for her adorable Westie illustrations, but no dog or cat is safe from her imagination! Spend a few minutes with us while we explore this wonderful artist and blogger.

Who and where are you?

I’m Kim Niles, a freelance Artist, and children’s book Author & Illustrator from Whidbey Island in WA state, and I think it would be safe to say I’m addicted to making art. I’m self-taught and have been selling my art professionally since the late 1990s, and working full-time at my KiniArt business since 2005.  I’ve been married for nearly 25 years to a man I’ve known and loved for 30 years. Together, we have a son, a daughter, one daughter-in-law, and we’re expecting our first granddaughter in the Fall.


How did you get started art blogging?

I had heard that being a successful artist means you essentially work the hours of two full-time jobs because you spend at least 75% of your time marketing and promoting your work. This is very true. I typically work long hours and most days of the week just to have the time to get the new art ideas started on paper and out of my head.  I started to blog as means of promoting my work and I found it to be a fun and easy way to introduce myself to new collectors, and to keep existing fans up to date with my latest art and project news too.  I use a variety of blogging and social networking sites (Blogger, LiveJournal, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to inform, but also to keep in touch with my collectors. The majority of my blogs are listed and linked to from my blogs page at KiniArt.com

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I do have a couple tips for art bloggers.  If you have multiple blogs, like I do, set up reminders in your schedule to post at different blogs on different days. This helps you keep them updated so they don’t get overlooked.  At the very least, tie your blogs/social sites together wherever possible. For instance, when I post on Facebook, it also shows up on Twitter and anything that shows up in my Twitter feed automatically shows up on Myspace, etc.  Tying your social media together is a huge time-saver for the multi-blogger.  My 2nd tip is for the art blog reader in you. Blogging and social networking can eat up a LOT of time. Set a maximum amount of minutes you’ll allow yourself to spend reading up on your favorite blogs so you don’t suddenly find you’ve spent your entire morning reading about everyone else’s productivity.


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

I love working to music when I’m drawing at my desk – slower songs I can hum to, but I don’t always get do so because I share an office with my husband who also works from home. Music is mandatory however, when I’m painting – no less important than my paintbrushes – and I even dance while working at the easel. I listen to a mix of favorites – rock, folk, oldies, pop, country, alternative, etc. While painting “Westie Up Close On Red” last weekend for instance, I listened to a mix that included Anjulie, the Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi,  KT Tunstall, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Duffy, Schuyler Fisk, Meghan Tonjes, Michael Jackson, Otis Redding, etc.  My new favorite song though is an absolutely beautiful cover of the Lucinda Williams song “Blue” by Mike Antone. I had the opportunity to see him sing it live, and it brought tears to my eyes. You can get the free mp3 of his cover of “Blue” online. It really is SO beautiful.


What’s coming next from your easel?

I always have way more projects on my wish list than I have time to finish. Commissions take top priority, as do my works for my monthly auctions at KiniArt.com. I usually have 1-2 Petcature Portraits in various stages of progress in the studio. But I have a long list of paintings I want to do but don’t yet have time. I’m forever getting new ideas in the strangest places (I saw a Collie in the marbleized pattern in the tile on my floor just last night). Sometimes these ideas are forgotten by the end of the day. But if I’m anywhere near a pencil and paper, they’re roughly sketched out and filed away in my “someday” project file.

I’ve been itching to try my hand at some landscapes too, inspired by some gorgeous photos of China, and I plan to do both whimsical and non-whimsical versions.  I’ve also been creating digital backgrounds for my hand-drawn dog art combined into designs for laptop and iPhone skins for Society6 and fabric for Spoonflower, and I’m finding those to be highly inspiring. I plan to do canvas paintings of some of those designs, as well.

http://www.kiniart.blogspot.com/

Thank you Kim 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?

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Rebecca Salcedo

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week never fails to bring a smile with her whimsical and lighthearted paintings. If you love dogs and a little humor you won’t want to miss this incredible artist.

Who and where are you?

My name is Rebecca Salcedo, I am an artist and do-gooder, who longs to hold hands with someone funny when I am old and wear depends.  My motto: Never EVER give up!

I am a painter, illustrator, and trompe l’oeil muralist, with slightly quirky sensibilities that seem to surface in my work (and personality).  I also paint a lot of animals, including very unique custom pet portraits.  I am mostly from Seattle.  I majored in French and Fine Art and studied in France as well.  I live in Atlanta now with my incredible BF and 2 spoiled dogs.

Hang On! Flying Ace in Training

How did you get started art blogging?

I wanted to write more often and figured a blog would force accountability and give me a consistent venue for practicing and showing my artwork while I’m telling a story.  2 years ago I was just beginning to discover social networking and promotion for my art business, so I figured a blog was a step in a positive direction. (Still discovering by the way; this stuff doesn’t happen overnight!)

Poppy's Adventures

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I teach a blogging class to artists in my community and these are the top 3 tips I give them for blogging:

1) Be yourself. (or some made up persona. your choice.)  I used to be afraid to admit to the world (the 3 who are actually reading) that I have faults, ticks, issues!  Worried to say anything too personal, or admit how vulnerable I am.  I’ve thrown that out the window.  People want to relate to you, and if you show them that you are a genuine person who has those feelings and habits, too, that common ground may get you some readership!  Besides, it’s not like we would believe you’re perfect anyway!

2)   I tell them, “If you don’t know what to write, just post a picture of your most recent painting and then write a short description of how you came to paint it.”

Completely made up just now example:

I was recently in Morocco with my husband and there were these goats in the trees. Vinny said, “the boys at the shop are never gonna believe this one!”  I almost peed my pants!  After I wiped my eyes, and the fog from my glasses, I saw past the climbing goats to the most beautiful sunset over the desert landscape, and snapped a picture to paint later (and I might put the goats in it.)

You don’t have to have a funny quirky style, just write about what you did, and you’ll see the words will start to flow and you’ll get better!

3)  Try to post a 2-3 times per week. The most important part of blogging is just showing up! If you want people to read your blog, you actually have to write!

I enjoy sharing tips, techniques and art history!  Look back and visit my 31 days of rhinos, a journey into the history of art! I’ve got 16 different rhinos posted so far with more to come! (showing more vulnerability — haven’t finished that project yet!)

Otis at the Gelateria

What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio? And do you have any rituals associated with your creative time?

Rituals, oh yes! The first thing I do in the morning is write in my journal. I write about 2500 words a day, which is about 3 very large pages, plus I write ridiculously small (unless I just really want to get those pages done, then it’s large double spaced with lots of punctuation and smiley faces!)  I love Dave Mathews Band first thing in the morning!  Don’t ask me why it works, but when I come in and sit down with my coffee, I can put on DMB and gush with writing inspiration.  Then I start painting, and I’m all over musically!  Queen is one of my all time favorite bands to paint to, as well as Cockteau Twins, Pink Floyd and lots of jazz.  After years of thinking my “younger metal head friend” was nuts, I tried painting to heavy metal, and I really got my groove on!  Jimmy Buffet=happy painting.

Red Hat Dog

What’s coming next from your easel?

Finishing a mixed media painting with horses. THEN, a gigantic self-portrait!  I am doing a 3 woman show at the Defoors Center in Atlanta opening November 11th! Lots of room for large scale, which will be a challenge since most of my work is very small.

http://smellyrhino.com

Thank you Rebecca 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?

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Team EBSQ-Etsy Showcase: Dog Days of Summer

This month’s showcase theme is “Dog days of summer”. Artists are asked to come up with artwork that fits,or create original works for the theme. Each month we have a different theme, which always broadens our creativity! Every artist interprets the theme differently, making it that much more fun and interesting!

Each image below is linked to it’s Etsy store listing, for your shopping convenience!

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The fabulous art above belongs to: Pam Tanzey, Christi Lynn Schwartzkopf, Tracey Allyn Greene, Vicky Knowles, Carmen Keys, Heather Mathieson, Theodora Demetriades, Kim Niles, Alma Lee, Barbara Haviland, Kris Jean, Vikki King, and Heide Hibbard.

Next moth’s theme is Leaves of all varieties! Get ready to post those LEAVES!