EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Stephanie Allison

Artist Stephanie Allison

Who and where are you?

Stephanie Allison. I currently live just outside Shelbyville, Kentucky, with my husband, 4 dogs and 2 cats. I am originally from Fulton, New York. I have had a love for painting and photography since childhood. I used to walk through the neighborhood with my little Brownie camera, taking pictures of my friends playing—or I’d sit on the front porch drawing anything that interested me. I’ve always been fascinated by faces, which is why I mainly focus on portraits now. People or animals—faces show so much and I just love painting them.

The Music Maker by Stephanie Allison

How did you get started art blogging?

I started looking for new ways to market my work, and read quite a bit about the importance of the Internet. I actually began using a blog as a journal, but kept it private. Then I took an art marketing class, and the instructor again stressed the value of the Internet—and how putting my thoughts and work processes out in public would not only help promote my art, but might also help other artists in similar situations. Living in a small town, the art market is also small—and a blog helps me connect. People visit my site, maybe make comments about my work, or commiserate about issues all artists face: where and how to market, what to do when you’re stuck and/or out of ideas, etc. And I try to reciprocate by visiting their blogs, if they have one, or their websites.

Denise by Stephanie Allison

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

My advice is to try to put something new on your blog at least once a week. Don’t be afraid to share your ups and downs with the creative process—it helps to know other artists struggle with the same issues, whether technical or personal, and I’m always interested in seeing what others are doing. It helps keep me motivated. Visit other art blogs, leave comments, ask them to visit you, exchange links—if you find a site that’s interesting, or offers advice on a particular art process or technique, post it on your blog. Blogging is a great way to connect with other artists and make new art friends!

Guitarra de Baile (Dancing Guitar) by Stephanie Allison

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

I love all kinds of music—jazz, country, classical—so what I listen to often depends on my mood, and/or what I’m interested in painting. One time I was jamming to Jimmy Buffet’s “Desperation Samba (Halloween in Tijuana)”, and ended up painting “Guitarra de Baile –Dancing Guitar”. I also have a little plastic 2-headed monster toy on my drawing table that I call my “inner critic”—when I start getting too fussy, or critical of what I’m painting, I can pull off one of the heads, and sort of change personalities…..is that too weird??

The Potter's Hands by Stephanie Allison

What can we expect to see next from your studio?

As far as painting goes, I’d like to continue a series I started a few years ago, “Working Hands.” We do so much with our hands, so I’d like to show hands doing all sorts of things: playing music, making pottery, digging in soil, etc. I’ve already completed two: “The Potter’s Hands” and “The Music Maker” – both have sold, which is a good thing, but now I’ve got to start the series again. I’ve also begun to make jewelry—so maybe I’ll paint my own hands!

http://witsendstudio.blogspot.com/

Thank you Stephanie 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: Hilary J. England

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is a prolific, self-taught artist. She’s recently begun a new series of paintings that cannot be ignored!

Hilary J England

Who and where are you?

I’m Hilary J. England, and I am currently residing in Andreas, PA, USA.

Alejandro on a Swiftly Tilting Planet by Hilary J England
How did you get started art blogging?

I had always been a prolific journaler, since I was a little kid, so this was a natural step for me.  I enjoy looking back over the years through my journals, because you can see the progress through your journals that compliments your artistic evolution.  You see what frame of mind you were in, the circumstances that were conducive to the formation of your art that you may have forgotten about with time.  It keeps your perspective fresh.  I say blogging keeps me grateful!  It helps to keep my compass pointing in the right direction, which is probably why I started and never stopped blogging.

The Thinkers by Hilary J England
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Keep at it.  I blog because I feel it’s an integral part of explaining (at least on the surface) who I am, and why I create what I do, and the circumstances surrounding those creations, whether it’s something simple, something pleasant, or the exact opposite.  Blogging gives others a window into your creative process, and they cherish that.  It also keeps them up on your latest news, and that’s good for networking with new friends and old admirers of your work.  Even if you don’t see immediate results, it’s like hitting the gym–after a long time of hard work, you will definitely see a difference.

A Brave New World by Hilary J England
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I usually listen to classical music, sometimes I’ll foray into jazz or flamenco guitar.  When I’m creating, for whatever reason, I cannot listen to music with words.  Other people’s words seem to penetrate into the private world I’m in, and “muddy” my thinking process…distract me.  So, I don’t listen to music with any kind of lyrics.  Also, I tend to use the same palette through an entire painting.  Even if I run out of paint, or it gets messy, I still continue to use it.  I will scrape parts of it, but what’s left behind let’s me know the order of things, so I can reorder the way I want it.  Each painting has it’s own unique palette from conception to “birth.”  I don’t abandon the palette unless I abandon the painting, and that is extremely unusual for me.  I like to see things through to the end, even if the painting turns out to be a disaster.  It bothers me if it is a disaster, but I chalk it up to learning…I feel you should always finish what you start, so that is a ritual in itself.

Misbehaved by Hilary J England
What’s coming next from your easel?

I have started a new series.  Actually, I have just moved into a different direction with a series I had been working on, which is a social/expressive realist series of teenage girls in rural America, and I have branched out to show their extended networks, families, and commentary regarding their “roots.”  These paintings will be larger in size, and also, the images will be looser in terms of the focus on the subject matter, less constrictive, kind of like moving back a bit in the picture plane.  The first paintings were sort of “in your face.”  These will be a little less immediately confrontational, and a little more mysterious.

http://www.fieldsendart.blogspot.com/

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

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Kathy Jurek

November is not only a time of changing leaves. Traditionally, it is a time for family–gatherings and feasts. Kathy Jurek is one EBSQ artist who’s passion is the painting of family and everyday people, in everyday situations. I’m proud to present her for this week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

Kathy Jurek

Who and where are you?

My name is Kathy Jurek and I live in Omaha, Nebraska.

Harry in the Leaves by Kathy Jurek

How did you get started art blogging?

I started blogging in October 2006. I was selling my work on Ebay and blogging was becoming very popular so I thought it would be a good idea to try it.

Button Pusher by Kathy Jurek
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

If you’ve been thinking about blogging, then try it. Blogging allows you to make a more personal connection with people and it’s very easy to get started. It’s easier and quicker than a website. Even if you are the only one who knows it exists, you will have an online diary of your progress as an artist. It’s fun to look back and see how far you have come. It’s also a great place to send people who are interested in your work. I update my blog more often than my website. I also post smaller artwork, works in progress and illustrations that I don’t put on my website.

You Decide by Kathy Jurek
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I’m addicted to pandora.com and this year I’ve been really hooked on the band, Lifehouse. Sometimes I listen to podcasts. Honestly, I think I’m more productive when I work in silence but that’s no fun.

Missy and Emma by Kathy Jurek
What’s coming next from your easel?

Aside from all the small art I try to get done during the week, I’m getting ready to start a large figurative painting to enter into a national show next year.

http://www.kathyjurek.blogspot.com/

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

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Patience

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an amazing artist and survivor. Her spirit seems to shine through in everything she creates; whether it’s a painting or sculpture. I can’t wait to see what she dazzles us with next!

Who and where are you?

My name is Patience.  I paint and sculpt and live with my husband and two children in a Midwestern university town amongst the glacier-flattened heartlands of Illinois.

Bloodroot, 9 x 12 in, acrylic

How did you get started art blogging?

I admit I do adore writing, and find it therapeutic in many ways — helpful as it often is to me in processing and organizing my experiences and thoughts.  As such I’ve been drawn to keeping online journals over the years — but it was back in 2007, inspired by other blogging artists, that I decided to initiate a blog that was mostly art-dedicated, both as a means to share, interact, and communicate with others as well as to chronicle my own artistic pursuits.  Just recently however, I felt compelled to ‘re-launch’ my journal, so to speak, since most of this past year was spent taking a little unexpected blogging hiatus as I underwent various treatments for breast cancer — indeed, the year 2009 ended up being a bit of a ‘blackhole’ blog-wise (as well as art-wise) while I found myself focusing primarily on health and family.  I’m glad to say it’s all happily behind me now though, here as I gradually ease myself back into all the activities, art and blogging included, that I’d temporarily set aside during that time of medical crisis….
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Scheherazade Shares another Tale, Acrylic

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Mostly I just want to encourage those of my fellow art bloggers whom may struggle with the Technical side of things, as I often find myself.  Lucky are the artists who have natural geek abilities in addition to their artistic talents — they often have such wonderful sites, with all the bells and whistles.  For me computers and gadgets and the technology that comes along with them have always been a challenge for whatever reason, just not intuitive at all — but I try not to let it hold me back.  When I do come up against a tech roadblock of some kind, I get online and surf and read and research, ask my friends — there are so many well written ‘how-to’ tutorials available nowadays, in addition to forums with  folks always willing to answer questions and help.  In any case, it’s all just a big a learning process, and practice really does make it easier!

Daisy, Watercolor and Acrylic, 4.5 x 3 in

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

While my musical tastes could likely be considered fairly eclectic – my ipod stocked with all manner of genre, from Classical to Classic Rock —  I’m probably settling in mostly likely to listen to Alternative or Indie these days, with maybe with a little ’80’s thrown in.  Otherwise if my iPod is not at hand, I will almost certainly have the radio on, tuned to our local NPR affiliate, as I’m a bit of a self-confessed current-events junkie, and like to keep on top of all the latest news, reports and interviews.

From The Wings, acrylic, 11 x 14 in

What’s coming next from your easel?

Currently I’m working on a large-scale (literally!) 3-D commission for a West Coast customer — I’ve been asked to create a 10-foot tall, papier mache replica of Lady Liberty…!  Quite the project indeed, but a fun and challenging one.  Once that wraps up, I’m planning to continue my explorations into papier mache — I just adore the medium and am still continuing to learn about it’s many qualities and potential (not to mention how it speaks to my recycling sensibilities).  I’m also looking to eventually process my experiences as a recent breast cancer Survivor through my art one of these days — it’s all a bit fresh for me yet, and I may need a little more ‘step back’ time , still, it’s definitely something on my mind.  In addition, I would also like to get back into entering EBSQ’s monthly shows on a more regular basis this year.  In any event, I do know that whatever artwork I do in the future will involve ‘upcycling’ and ‘repurposing’ in some capacity — in light of our growing environmental problems, I feel strongly about these concepts, and made a self-imposed moratorium for myself some time ago against buying any new art supplies, aside from a few essential basics here and there (such as brushes and paint. Or duct tape!) as necessary.  I’m feeling ever more strongly that if I can’t effectively express myself and create compelling and meaningful work using the myriad of materials and resources that I either already possess, can acquire second-hand, or which pass through my hands and home daily on its way to the landfill, I just couldn’t call myself an artist worth her salt….

http://art-of-patience.blogspot.com/

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

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Kari Tirrell

Welcome to EBSQ’s first Blogger of the Week! I’m excited to start things off with an award winning, juried member of EBSQ. This self-taught pastel artist, with a love for realism, has been blogging since 2008. Her stunning creations never cease to amaze!

Who and where are you?

I’m Kari Tirrell, and I live in Gig Harbor, WA.

Sweet, 2009, Soft Pastel on La Carte

How did you get started art blogging?

Someone posted an article about why artists should blog on the EBSQ forum, and that started me thinking about it.  I didn’t want to blog.  I didn’t want to add another thing to my “to do” list.  But I did it anyway, and I’m glad I did.  I certainly didn’t expect to enjoy it so much.

New Hat, 2008, Soft Pastel on Velour Paper

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

1. Plan your blog posts with your audience (and search engines) in mind. One of the things I like best about blogging is that it makes the artist accessible.  I enjoy blogs where I can read the artist’s thoughts about what they’ve created, see their process, and interact with them through comments or email.  I assume that the readers of my blog are similarly interested, and try to write my blog posts accordingly.  It is also important to keep in mind that search engines need keywords.  If you want people to find your blog, include relevant keywords in your posts.  Simply posting a picture of your work with the title and dimensions is not only less satisfying for the viewer, it will also do very little to help the search engines find you.

2.  Follow the blogs of artists you admire, and leave thoughtful comments on their work.  The value of interacting with other artists is a benefit of blogging which should not be underestimated.

Lunch Break, 2009, Soft Pastels on Suede Matboard

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

My taste in music is somewhat eclectic, and I listen to whatever strikes my mood at the moment.  I have satellite radio in my studio now, which I’m really enjoying because I can listen to a wide variety of music.  When I want my old favorites, I pull out my MP3.

Sunny Spot, 2009, Soft Pastels on Suede Matboard

What’s coming next from your easel?

I have my next ten paintings planned; mostly figurative works, but I’m going to throw a couple of other things into the mix as well.  Visit my blog to find out!

http://karitirrell.blogspot.com/

Thank you Kari for the being the first EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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