EBSQ Friday Five

Koolaus Haiku by Valerie Woelk
Koolaus Haiku by Valerie Woelk

1. I’m thinking green this morning with Valerie Woelk’s painting Koolaus Haiku, though I know much of the northern US was blanketed in white last night.

2. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has an hour long video of a discussion with Richard Ormond, grandnephew of John Singer Sargent, and Erica Hirshler, co-curator of “John Singer Sargent Watercolors.”

3. How Left-Wing Politics Changed The Way We Make Art – from Jacques-Louis David to the Guerrilla Girls.

4. Register for the new 2014 free online workshops from Strathmore today. The workshops begin in March with Back to Basics
with Earnest Ward.

5. Top 5 Ways to Refresh your Creativity and get Inspiration for Art Making from ArtPromotivate.

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EBSQ Friday Five: Houzz Edition

EBSQ is proud to present the first EBSQ Artists of Houzz! <– Follow this link to see all the EBSQ listings on Houzz. In the coming months we will be working with artists to build our gallery for interior designers, decorating enthusiasts, and more. If you’re not familiar with Houzz, check out their testimonials and look for them in the news.

Featured above: Studio Tau, Barbara Haviland, Alma Lee, Victoria Kloch and Heather Sims.

EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Lee Lynch

Who and where are you?

My name is Lee, and I am an experienced oil painter and sculptor living in Boston, MA. I migrated with my wife and two cats from Texas this last year to escape the oppressive heat and enjoy the history of Boston.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

I was repeatedly asked by an old friend until I caved in and reluctantly joined. I resisted for a long time, trying to minimize my pc time to paint…right! I’m doomed now.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

The most important thing that comes to mind is one’s expectations. Facebook takes the same dedication as a blog in that the best results are seen over an extended time and very frequent attention. It’s wise wise to look at artists who one knows are selling well, and see how they engage their readers in their posts. I enjoy those who start actual discussions, so the readers feel more included and stick around for the commercials. One may or may not actually generate many sales from Facebook, but no matter what it’s an opportunity to see how one’s art affects the public. I mainly look to my page as an information tool over a sales tool at this time. Those who respond help me understand more about what subjects are strongest, and that does go into deciding my future work in some ways.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

This one is difficult, because I’m one of many who wish Facebook would just find good function and stay put. I like core features over the added cosmetics. My favorite feature For my purposes I definitely would say the thumbnail links. This seems basic, but what hits the reader’s eye means everything in whether or not they link will be clicked. That one feature defines the very purpose of having a promotional page. The visual contact is made, and the customer explores because it’s something he or she enjoys. I am also liking Insights, which offers a graph of page performance.

What’s coming next from your studio?

I am still putting the second to last nit-picky touches on The Gift, a 34″x55″ oil on birch board. It is a water nymph painting showing the nymphs gifting a magic key to a beautiful elf girl. The key is meant to protect her from a curse incurred from eating human food. I am also drawing for my next round of paintings but will have to show them on my Facebook page as they emerge.

Lee Lynch on Facebook

http://leelynch.ebsqart.com/

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Patricia Lee Christensen

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week captures a divine beauty in everything she paints. Her art reminds me of dream-like memories, full of magic and light!

Patricia Lee Christensen

Who and where are you?

I am Patricia Lee Christensen, a visual artist using various mediums to produce colorful images. We moved from the Seattle area about five years ago and I am now living at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Layton, Utah.  My art education is in advertising.  My art has been very diverse.  For years I primarily did pastel portrait commissions, art festivals and fairs as well as commercial work. My favorite mediums are pastel, acrylic, pen & ink and watercolor.  I love oil too, but find the solvents & fumes are unhealthy for me.

La Jolla Honeymoon by Patricia Lee Christensen

How did you get started art blogging?

I started blogging with two separate blogs; thoughts on one and art stuff of the other.  Not only was it difficult to keep up with two blogs but there was too much overlapping between the two, so now I maintain one blog.  I find blogging is enlightening and perhaps you can even experience an epiphany.  It is like standing back and viewing what is evolving in a more objective way. It is helpful in finding your ‘own voice’.   A couple of days ago, I posted how I realized that over many years I had painted several scenes with pathways or trails.  It was interesting to me that I had gravitated to that image many times… The great thing about a blog is that it is at the same time a visual and verbal journal.

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled by Patricial Lee Christensen

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

The obvious is to post regularly.   Most of us do not have a lot of time for reading blogs, so concise choice of words is important.  I will go back and remove excess words and simplify where possible after writing my thoughts.  That is one important thing I learned in advertising – people do not give you that much time; each word must count.   Artists are visual people.   I believe lots of images are important and less text – although sometimes you need to express thoughts and explain the process.  It is your blog and you are the boss of it!

Pike Place Flowers by Patricia Lee Christensen

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

Definitely instrumental music – no lyrics.  When I am teaching I also bring along a CD player.  Meditative music is critical to the creative process!  It quiets the negative voices in your head and allows the creativity to flow.  I listen to Pandora online and have created a few different stations depending on the mood.  I enjoy New Age music such as Paul Cardall, Yani, Kitaro’s Silk Road, Laura Sullivan, Celtic music, Phil Coulter and Beegie Adair jazz to name a few.

Sheep at Mountain Green by Patricia Lee Christensen

What’s coming next from your easel?

I have some commissions I will ship in the next few days.  There are five 20” square acrylic on gallery wrapped canvases of some whimsical zoo animals for a client in Colorado. I should mention here the buyer found me through my EBSQ portfolio!  I am currently working on several pastel, acrylic and drawing projects at the same time.  I do not consider myself an accomplished watercolor painter, but I love to play with watercolors for the joy of it, and that is why I have several light and whimsical paintings in my Etsy store amongst the more serious acrylics and pastels.  I find it increases the quality of the art to jump from each project to approach the other with a fresh eye.  We have several shows and events here in the greater Salt Lake / Ogden, Utah, area that I am preparing for.  I love the diverse opportunities, the wonderful interesting people, and the exciting possibilities this artful life has given me!

http://www.patricepaints.com/

Thank you Patricia 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?

Team EBSQ March Showcase: Blue Birds

Who doesn’t love blue birds? Any “blue” bird for that matter never fails to catch the eye.

Nature Buddies by Aimee Marie Wheaton Mosaic Blue Bird by Theodora Demetriades

Spring Blue Bird by Patricia Christsen High Winds by Sherry Key Silvery Blue by Julie Behm

Rainy Day Owl by Julie Behm Blue Bird of Happiness by Nancy Denominee Perched up High by Sarah John Afana

Resplendent Blue by Amanda Makepeace Blue Bird and Cone Flowers by Patricia Christensen Blue Bird of Happiness by Sherry Key

Blue Jay by Barbara Haviland Blue Heron by Dia Spriggs Blue Hummingbird by Julie Behm

Featured above are: Aimee Marie Wheaton, Theodora Demetriades, Patricia Christensen, Sherry Key, Julie Behm, Nancy Denomee, Sarah John Afana, Amanda Makepeace, Barbara Haviland, and Dia Spriggs.

Next month’s theme: Frogs

Are you an EBSQ Artist selling on Etsy, eBay, Zazzle, Artfire or RedBubble? Why not join Team EBSQ?

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Lori Levin

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is simply an amazing woman and artist. She’s taken her passion and turned it into a thriving business. I’m so thrilled she could take the time to share some of her magic with our readers.

Who and where are you?

Now that’s a loaded question.  Just kidding.  My name is Lori Levin and I’m a full-time artist living and working in Salem County, New Jersey.  I’m blessed with a beautiful, supportive family, I have a gorgeous studio in which to work and I love what I do.  Painting since I was nine, art has always been a big part of my life.  Little did I know that when I was making car money in high school by painting pet portraits on sweatshirts that I would be doing something similar as my main means of income as an adult.  As a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design, I always thought children’s books would be my calling because illustration was my major.  However, throughout my career in art, I’ve done everything from designing for retail spaces, print design for textiles and flooring, as well as fine art and commission work.  Though I’ve been painting for 30 year, I feel I’m just getting started in the world of art.  I don’t think the really good stuff will be created for at least another 10 years.  Only now at age 40 am I beginning to trust myself and my work shows this.  Perhaps it might take me 40 years of painting to become an overnight success.

How did you get started art blogging?

Blogging for me started as a business move in December of 2005.  I left my corporate design job to do pet portraits and small paintings full-time.  During that time I was an active member on another artists’ message board and saw that everyone there was a member of EBSQ and most of them blogged.  Joining the crowd seemed to be the right thing to do as I wanted to promote my business.  Back then selling my work via the auction sites was part of my business plan and to keep public interest, blogging was a great help.  As the years went on, my life and plans changed, blogging became more of a public journal, though I have less time for it now.  Still, I like sharing my motivations and thoughts as it makes me feel connected to others.  This is important when you spend most of your time alone in a studio.  Actually, I’m never truly alone because “Brady” the studio dog is always by my side.  He gives good critics too.

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Write from the heart and the rest will follow.  When you have something interesting floating in your head jot it down, later you can tweak and post it.  Don’t feel it is something you must do: blogging is not about pressure but rather sharing.  People love to feel like they’ve been let in on your personal secrets.  Just don’t give it all away, always maintain some element of mystery.  From a business standpoint, always make sure you mention your main website if you have one and include the link in each post.  Do the same for other artist friends and EBSQ as well.  EBSQ really helps with search engine recognition.  Spread the word about good things.  It all comes back to you in the end.

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

Music and rituals are what I’m all about.  Much like everything else I enjoy, my music tastes are a mixed bag.  You could come in and hear classical, especially Tchaikovsky, or The Cranberries, Red Hot Chili Peppers, India Arie, Dio and a varied list of other artists.  Usually for my pet portraits I play something upbeat to help me keep them cheerful but for my landscapes I push the lonely feeling with sadder melodies.  Some days I cannot tolerate any sound so I will sit in silence and just listen to the variety of birds singing outside my studio.  Part of my creative ritual is to feed the birds, then sit down to a cup of green tea and stare at the images to be worked on for the day.  During that time I do deep breathing exercise to try and help my mind open to the creative energy.  Seriously…I do.

What’s coming next from your easel?

This could better be answered by telling you what won’t be on my easel.  My art business has two parts, pet portraits as seen on www.soulfulstudios.com and landscape paintings for galleries.  Generally I work on 3 to 4 pieces at once.  I always have one or two pet portraits on my large antique drawing table and a couple of landscape paintings in the works on the easels as well.  This keeps me from getting too bogged down in any one piece.  Even though I love detail, too much can kill.  At the moment I’m working on a huge portrait in oil of 3 dogs, an acrylic painting of birds in the marsh and a drawing for a commission of an eagle painting.  Currently, I’m booked with pet portraits for 2 years and am constantly adding to the waiting list, so there is never a moment where the easel is empty.  Again, I’m very blessed.  Thank you for the honor of an interview.

http://soulfulstudios.blogspot.com/

Thank you Lori 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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