EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Susan Brack

Lady in Waiting by Susan Brack

Who and where are you?

I’m Susan Brack of Enchanted Sleigh Studios. I’m a self taught folk artist living in Indiana. I’m lucky to have been able to live most of my life in a rural setting. Our area is rich in farm land, crafting culture and antique shops. While raising my family, I taught quilting and followed the arts and crafts show circuit selling my original folk art dolls, bears and Santa figures. I think that early influence can still be seen in my work today.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

My daughter Rachel Sharp is also an artist living in Scotland. Which made it hard for us to share our latest art and artistic endeavors. She kept telling me I should join Facebook. I was reluctant. You know the old saying, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. ha. I finally signed on. I have never looked back. It has opened a new world to me. I can keep up with my daughter’s activities, share my own work and network all at the same time with other artists, collectors and Facebook friends. Our family also owns a small antique / gift shop in Centerville, IN called The Enchanted Sleigh. So I’ve been able to create an additional business page to share and promote our family’s store.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Yes, first decide how you want to use your Facebook page. Do you just want to be sociable or do you want to use it to network and promote your art. Try to remember if you are using it to promote your art or business you should always present yourself in a professional and friendly manner. No gossip, political or mean spirited comments. I also try not to over do my postings or make a nuisance of myself. There are features on Facebook that allows you to post every single listing you might have on Etsy or Ebay. If you post all the time, your Facebook friends may end up blocking or unfollowing you. When I do post my art or listings, I try to include a short friendly comment that might be of interest. Facebook can be an awesome marketing tool.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

I like to be able to follow some of the other artists that I most admire. It is always nice to be able to see how they are using Facebook to promote themselves. It’s a great way to become more educated in my own marketing habits.

What’s coming next from your studio?

I hope to keep producing new Christmas, Halloween and Fantasy illustrations. I have just signed with a new licensing agency. I’m very excited to be back in the licensing world. I’ve always enjoyed designing collections for Holiday and Home Decor products. When the economy took a dive, so many companies seemed to quit using freelancers like me. I’m beginning to see signs of the economy slowly improving. The industry seems to be starting to use more outside art sources again. Thank goodness I had sites like Facebook and EBSQ to help promote and sell my original art to collectors which kept me afloat during the last few years when times were tuff. I hope all artists who want to expand their fan base will take advantage of today’s technology. If I can do it, anybody can.

http://www.facebook.com/susanbrackart

http://susanbrack.ebsqart.com/

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Kathryn Ramos

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week paints the heart of the American life, the small towns and the people who bring a richness to its culture. Her paintings reach into a collective memory of days gone by and a time we wish we could relive.

Kathryn Ramos

Who and where are you?

My name is Kathryn Ramos. Thank you for featuring my blog this week, I’m honored.  I live in the Heartland of California, the ever fertile Central Valley. I’m a full time freelance artist specializing in American folk art.

Winter Retreat by Kathryn Ramos

How did you get started art blogging?

For the longest time I’ve loved reading art blogs. Way before I was blogging I would check in every day with my list of favorite art blogs. As a matter of fact, perusing these blogs was one way I would get into my own painting “zone” first thing in the morning.  I got started blogging as a way to connect with other artists and art-minded people.  After a while I realized that blogging was also a great marketing tool to introduce new work and keep returning customers up to date.

Summer on McGillicutty Bay by Kathryn Ramos

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Well, most important, try to blog at least once a week. If you have time or inspiration, even more is better but once a week keeps your followers up to date and interested. Also, share your art ups and downs and even opinions. Sometimes I question whether a blog I’m in the middle of writing is even remotely interesting to anyone other than me???  But here is what I try to remember – think about how much you enjoy reading other blogs, especially those of artists in other countries or whose work you admire. I love that little window into their everyday lives.

Add a live traffic feed like Feedjit. It’s free and it’s a great way to see who is visiting your blog.

Finally, when possible, add a photo to your posting. Honestly, I don’t always have time but I know it just makes for a more interesting read.

Rufus Porter by Kathryn Ramos

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

Before I step into my studio in the morning, it is imperative that I have a very strong cup of coffee J. I check email, read a few blogs and update my own if I feel it. Then for music, I always work to music but the choice varies. Big band is my favorite, followed by Frank Sinatra, classical, John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Greenday. Yep, it is a very eclectic collection!

Sunflower Farm by Kathryn Ramos

What’s coming next from your easel?

Right now I’m planning on returning to Primitive American Folk art. I ventured into some encaustic mixed media this year and it’s been fun. But folk art is my “home base” and no matter what form of art I dabble in, I always return. I’ve done some traveling and that has inspired me to get some truly lovely rural scenes down on canvas in my own folk art way in the coming year. For many years I have studied Rufus Porter and his simple but eloquent style of primitive art. This year I want to work some of his style into my own.

http://kathrynramos.blogspot.com/

Thank you Kathryn 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: Fresh Pressed Art

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere. This week it’s all about August’s fresh pressed art!

1. The Journey by AJ Lagasse

The Journey by AJ Lagasse

2. Vegetable Basket Scratchboard by Naquaiya

Vegetable Basket Scratchboard by Naquaiya

3. Autumn Black Cat Folk Art Doll by Lisa Nelson

Autumn Black Cat Folk Art Doll by Lisa Nelson

4. Blu Poppies Mug by Stephanie Amos

bLu Poppies Mug by Samos

5. Cassie and Mannie by Mark Satchwill

Mannie & Cassie by Mark Satchwill
Mannie & Cassie

We at EBSQ hope you have a wonderful weekend!

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Catherine Darling Hostetter

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an eBay Top Rated Seller with thousands of sales under her belt. She is known not only for her rich, whimsical paintings, but as much if not more for her folk art dolls. I’m proud to introduce Catherine Darling Hostetter!

Who and where are you?

I am a full time artist living in Salt Lake City, UT. I am passionate about art and love working in different mediums, I have been a member of EBSQ since 2002 or was it 2001? Anyway a long time. I sell my work online on eBay and Etsy as well as in some local galleries in Salt Lake, Park City, Utah and Evanston Wyoming.

Dancing with Dogs

How did you get started art blogging?

I enjoy writing so I fell into blogging naturally. I think it’s a great way to link people with my art and try to have something to show each time I blog. I feel blogging is also a great way to let people who buy my art get to know me better.

Frog Child

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

If you sell online, blogging is a great promotional tool. It’s a great way to toot your own horn so to speak. Also it is a great networking tool as you can link other artists to your blog and they can do the same for you. I find using twitter brings people to my blog and increases my following.

Hot Flash

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

I enjoy listening to new age classical, as well more mellow music and it is a daily ritual. I always have something to listen to whether it be music or a movie such as one based on Jane Austen’s books.

Naughty Kitty Guardian Angel

What’s coming next from your easel?

Currently I am working on cloth dolls that I am painting with acrylic and also I’m painting on paper or canvas images that are similar to my dolls. I am making an effort to ‘brand’ my art by sticking with a certain style for more than a week! 😉

http://catherinedarling.blogspot.com/

Thank you Cathy 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.

Guardian Angel of Naughty Kitties

1. Guardian Angel of Naughty Kitties – Cathy Darlings newest doll is a delight. It made me think of my own naughty kitty. 😉

2. Kreativ Blogger Award – Jane Glenholmes of the Groovy Pumpkin won a blog award! Congratulations! She bravely shared seven things about herself.

3. Celebrating 200 Facebook Fans – Wow!! Artist Jennifer Lommers is celebrating by offering a special deal on blank notecards.

4. The Dreaded C Word – Not all news is good news, but Vickie sure knows how to handle herself. This should be a warning to those who feel they have to copy other’s work–you will be found.

5. A Toronto Whirlwind – Lastly, I couldn’t resist artist Heather Murray’s visual diary of her day in Toronto. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Have a great weekend and remember art blogging is about more than posting images, it’s about sharing your inspirations, challenges, and triumphs too. 😀

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Lisa Nelson

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is most well known for her Halloween inspired artworks. You can’t help but love her whimsical, folk style. As for me, I’m enamored with her feline paintings. Which are your favorites?

Who and where are you?

My name is Lisa Monica Nelson (I use my middle name at times because Lisa Nelson is such a common name!)  and I’m located in SE Pennsylvania.

Pumpkin Thieves, acrylics on canvas board, 16" x 20"

How did you get started art blogging?

Good question – I wish I had an inspiring answer but in all honesty, I don’t recall!  I started a blog years ago before blogspot was so user friendly.  My cats had their own blog too.  Eventually I tired of blogging and deleted them.  When I started my new blog, I committed to blog at least once a week.  Some weeks are easier than others and I admit that I fall short of my commitment when I get busy with deadlines.

Black Cat Resting, watercolors and gouache on Arches, 4" x 6"

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Leave comments on other blogs (preferably nice ones)!  The proper etiquette is for the recipient to leave a return comment for you on your blog although not everyone seems to be aware of this.  I usually leave a return comment in about a week.  It’s a great way to ‘meet’ others and I’ve been told that readers have ‘found’ my blog by comments I left on other blogs.  There are so many interesting souls in blogland!

Consider monitoring your comments to avoid porn links and that sort of thing.

List your new art on your blog – all of the time, as often as you can.  Exposure is the name of the game.

If you’re on Facebook, network your blog.  I admit, I’m not a big FB fan but some of my clients are – they even set it as their homepage.  By networking your blog, you gain a lot of exposure even when you aren’t on FB!

Halloween Party at the Crone's, acrylics on canvas board, 8" x 10"

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

I have my stereo and CDs right next to my drawing table and rarely make use of them.  I love to listen to my cats snoring (or whining), the rain against the windows and, when the windows are open, the numerous songbirds that inhabit the large lilac bush outside my studio window.  “Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) pretty much suits me and I hope to incorporate this quote into a piece of art one of these days.

Potted Kitten, watercolors on Arches, 4" x 6"

What’s coming next from your easel?

Well, here it is March and everything seems to be Halloween in my studio (in preparation for a Halloween show the end of April). This is odd because I’m really not in Halloween frame of mind at the moment – after all, it’s Spring!   However, I also have a few mermaids lingering about waiting for faces and some oil paintings in various stages of drying.  Landscapes, cats, a box of ACEO blanks, some watercolor paper waiting for life, a stack of new distress inks that I’m dying to try on something…  To say I’m eclectic is probably an understatement.  I’m allowing myself to do something non-Halloween every time I finish a Halloween piece and all of this stuff is precariously stacked on the easel which is now more of a storage unit than a functional painting surface.

http://lisanelsonart.blogspot.com/

Thank you Lisa 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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