EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Vicky Knowles

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week comes to us all the way from Wibbley World, “Where nothing bad every happens! Well, nothing really bad…” Sit back and enjoy the ride!

Artist Vicky Knowles

Who and where are you?

Vicky Knowles, I live in Basking Ridge, NJ.  My blog is “The Art of Wibble”

Captain Pankirk by Vicky Knowles

How did you get started art blogging?

Back in 2007 my husband started a very successful blog, he encouraged me to do it myself.  I actually started mine in 2008 although at first I was very lackadaisical in my posting habits

Moonlight for Monsters by Vicky Knowles

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I would recommend posting as frequently as possible, every day if you can, even if its just sketches or discussing something you’re working on.   If you can’t post every day, then try to stick to some sort of a schedule so that people know what to expect and don’t just give up on checking your blog.  I admit I’m much better at giving this advice than following it, although over the last few months I’ve made a concerted effort to post at least a little more frequently and have seen my followers pretty much double.

For content, I suggest including a lot of pictures. I suppose it goes without saying that you would have lots in an art blog, but even if you’re not posting new work you should try to get some pictures in there.   I think people also like to see a little of the more personal stuff too, so they can feel like they’re getting to know the artist.

Another thing is that it’s important to always reply to comments people leave about your posts.  That sounds like common sense but not everyone does it, which to me gives a negative impression.  It’s also important to visit other blogs and comment there, but not in a “come and look at MY blog” sort of way.  Linking to (and following) other blogs is a good idea too because those people might link back to you!  I think it’s better to keep your links relevant however (if your blog is primarily an art blog & not just a personal blog).

And finally, I recommend linking your online presences as much as possible, have your blog post to facebook & twitter etc.   It’s also a good idea to use the same (or similar) names for all of your online presences, this helps with branding and makes it easier for people to find you.

Murder by Vicky Knowles
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I don’t listen to music too much when I’m painting.  Since my daughter is usually in my studio with me while I’m working, I let her put what she wants on TV while she uses my computer.  Nickelodeon & Disney aren’t my ideal choices for background sounds, but I’d rather have her company.  When I’m alone I like listening to audio books, podcasts, and  movies or tv (preferably stuff I can just listen to without having to actually watch since I can’t see either my monitor or the tv while painting).  I find that this is more engrossing and less disruptive while I’m working than music, which seems to require constant involvement for some reason.

Chipmunk on the Moon, Twice by Vicky Knowles

What’s coming next from your easel?

2011 is going to be the year of cuteness (I hope!). I’ve also been working on some very miniature paintings (“Micro-Wibbles”) that I will be showing soon. I also plan to do most of my listing on ETSY, with the exception of my entries for the Nibblefest Art Contest on eBay each month.

http://wibbleyworld.blogspot.com/

Thank you Vicky 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 Friday Five

Excuse the delay. I like to have all the EBSQ Artist Blogs in my feed reader and that feed reader is not cooperating today. Don’t fret! The show must go on, right?

Lady of the Forest by Sara Burrier
Lady of the Forest by Sara Burrier

1. Lady of the Forest Wip – I love watching an artwork come to life. Check out Sara’s latest WIP!

2. Blue and White – Photography by Micheal Lewis Glover. We saw his work in the recent Classic show at EBSQ and with any luck we’ll see a lot more soon! 😉

3. My Art Day Job – Cathy Darling shares her plan on selling art and also growing as artist behind the scenes.

4. Thinking of Kentucky – Kimberly Vanlandingham is nice and cozy in her Florida home, so why is she thinking of Kentucky?

5. To Catch an Artist off Guard – Yes, I’m plugging my own blog! If you haven’t heard my latest news, check it out! 😉

 

Have a great weekend!

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Betty Stoumbos

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week creates art full of magic and whimisical delight. She’s sure to get you in the Christmas spirit with her angels, but her art is inspiring all year long!

Artist Betty Stoumbos

Who and where are you?

Thanks for inviting me here. My name is Betty Stoumbos, and I live in a small city in Ontario, Canada. I work full time at a job which pays the bills, and in the evenings when everything else is done, I get to have fun and create.  My style would be considered whimsical, and I love experimenting with different techniques.

Snow Fairy by Betty Stoumbos

How did you get started art blogging?

I remember when I had first heard of blogs, I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to talk about themselves online, and why would anyone want to read it?  It wasn’t long before I got hooked.  As I began reading art blogs, I decided to start my own, mostly to document my artistic growth. I didn’t expect anyone else to be interested, but surprisingly people started to follow.

Illustration by Betty Stoumbos

Any tips for EBSQ art bloggers?

If I were to offer any tips to art bloggers, I would say share yourself, and share your art. I like to know a bit about the blogger’s life.  However, if this is outside your comfort zone, don’t feel like you have to share your personal life.  This is your blog, and you can make it into whatever you like. Don’t forget to show lots of photos too. They make your blog more attractive to readers.

Endless Night by Betty Stoumbos

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

When I’m working,  I usually have on Hay House radio, which is an online radio station. They offer programming by lots of well known spiritual authors, and I love having it in the background.  However, starting in November I listen to Christmas music all day long. It’s my favorite time of year, and it helps me create holiday art. I also started lighting a little tealight which I put in a pretty crystal holder on the window sill that I face.  Creativity is very important in my life, and it’s a small way to honor it.

Owls by Betty Stoumbos
What’s next coming from your easel?

I love painting whimsical girls, and in the New Year I hope to start creating larger paintings more regularly. I also would like to get back to my fairy tale series which has been sadly neglected. 🙂

http://pinkglitterfae.blogspot.com/

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

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Jasmine Becket-Griffith

For the month of October, Tuesday’s will focus on EBSQ Bloggers who create imaginative artworks of Fantasy, Whimsy and the Spooky! This week we have one of EBSQ most popular and recognizable Fantasy artists. Be prepared to be amazed!

Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Who and where are you?

I’m Jasmine Becket-Griffith, and I’m down here in Celebration, Florida!  I’m an acrylic painter working mostly in the fantasy and pop surrealism genres.  I run my studio out of my house.

Marie Masquerade
Marie Masquerade - acrylic on masonite - 16"x20"

How did you get started art blogging?

Gosh, really it just started out as “regular” blogging, but since so much of my life revolves around my art, it really just kinda turned into more of an “art” blog.  I started posting my work online on my website in July of 1997, and then as places like LiveJournal, FaceBook, etc. began popping up I started incorporating them into it as well.  It started off mostly as a way to show my family what I’d been up to (I live about 1200 miles away from my next closest family member, so we do a lot of communicating via computer) and then collectors and fans began to drop in as well.  I think blogging is a great way to interact with everybody and to keep them updated on what I’ve been working on, new projects, upcoming shows, that type of thing.

A Certain Slant of Light
A Certain Slant of Light - acrylic on masonite - 20"x16"

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

My best tip is to just keep the momentum going!  I keep a netbook or IPhone right by my art desk and check in throughout the day – basically whenever a layer of paint is drying, I hang out at my Facebook page and check in with everybody.  Every day I post a photo of something that inspires me (I travel a lot and like taking pictures).  I also try to post a new original painting or other new project each and every day as well.  That way each day there are a lot of new things for people to see, and that keeps people interested and coming back.  Eye candy is important!  I have a lot of fun getting the immediate feedback from fans and instant responses and discussions.  It kinda keeps me company while I’m sitting here painting all day.  Blogging is also a wonderful way to promote upcoming art shows and personal appearances – I always let folks know when I have an art show coming up, and SO many people who know me from the various internet sites come out to see me.  It’s always nice to be able to put a human face on the names & internet monikers.

Ruby Moon
Ruby Moon - acrylic on masonite - 16"x20"

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

I always have something happening in my ears when I paint!  I’m an Audible audiobook junkie, and listen to a lot of books while I work.  I also listen to a LOT of music.  My favourites are (in no particular order):  Robyn Hitchcock, Syd Barrett, Rasputina, Nick Drake, The Cure, The Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Elliot Smith, Joanna Newsom, Rob Zombie, Tori Amos, and more Robyn Hitchcock (I have a lot of hidden references to his songs in my paintings, heh).

Alice and Las Meninas
Alice and Las Meninas – acrylic on masonite – 36″x24″

What’s coming next from your easel?

Right now I’m working on a commissioned series of Vampire themed paintings for a publisher creating a new tarot/oracle deck featuring my vampire artwork.  Just a few more left to go – I’ve been having fun with the vampires!

http://jasminetoad.livejournal.com/

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

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Chris Kapono

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week creates magic with polymer clay. It’s the magic of a beast from a fantasy novel and it’s the magic of Mother Nature all around us. Who is this mage? It’s Mandarin Moon, of course!

Who and where are you?

My name is Chris Kapono and I am from Creve Coeur Missouri. I am a self taught artist and I have been drawing and painting since I was very young. My second passion is nature and the outdoors and this greatly influences every thing I create. A couple of years ago I discovered polymer clay and I fell in love with it’s possibilities. I was amazed at the incredible things that others were making with this clay and decided to give it a try. My first few creations ranged from comical to complete disaster but I slowly I began to learn and develop a style of my own. I rarely pick up a pencil or brush anymore!

I have two children, Eric and Hannah, three aquariums and a cat named Simi. Simi is especially fond of my cabochons and I have to hide them or they start to disappear one by one. LOL!


How did you get started art blogging?

A fellow artist on Etsy recommended that I start a blog. I was totally green to all of this (and that was only two years ago ha ha!). I must admit that I don’t blog like I should. I work full time and when I come home I can’t wait to begin working on the ideas that bubbled up during the day. I answer a few emails and head for the art table and don’t look up again until bedtime.


Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Being the shameful blogger that I am, I hesitate to offer tips LOL! But I can tell you what I enjoy when I am cruising through blogs. I really enjoy blogs full of beautiful photos of the artist’s work and hear a bit of the process they went through to create it. I love to hear what it is that inspired the piece too.


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

Yes, I always have to have music when I am working on my art! I found Pandora Radio online and I have discovered so much more music this way! I have very eclectic musical tastes that range from classic rock to indie, new age, alternative and even electronic. Artists such as Beck, Cake, CSNY, Dave Matthews, Moby, RHCP, Pearl Jam, Eels and Enya. How’s that for eclectic?! LOL!


What’s coming next from your easel?

Oh gosh…who knows! Sometimes I don’t even know what is going to happen when I sit down and grab up some clay. 🙂 Actually, I plan to learn to make my own books using coptic stitch binding soon. I’ll use a higher quality art paper or handmade papers inside and create my own custom covers for them. I also plan to learn to wire wrap jewelry and will wire wrap my own polymer clay pieces and some of the beautiful jasper, amethyst and agate cabs that I have begun to import. At least that’s the plan….it doesn’t look easy so it all depends on whether I am able!

http://www.mandarinmoonart.blogspot.com/

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

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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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EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere, but this week we are going to take a visual tour of art fresh off the easel.

1.

Cypress Bayou Wetlands by Marcia Baldwin

2.

Golden Martinis by Torrie Smiley

3.

Ode to the Gulf of Mexico by Maria Greene

4.

Fiona and the Unicorn by Jasmine Beckett-Griffith

5.

Abstract Landscape Painting by Nataera

Have a wonderful weekend!