EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Debbie Lincoln

Artist Debbier Grayson Lincoln

Who and where are you?

I am Debbie Grayson Lincoln and I live in the unincorporated community of Morgan Mill, Texas – about 45 miles South West of Ft Worth – “Cow Town”! I am surrounded by incredible horse breeders and real cowboys – many who still make their living ONLY from working with horses and/or cattle. There are a bunch of wannabe cowboys, too, but I get my best images from the real ones – those with the scruffy boots, the un-clipped horses wearing saddles that haven’t squeaked in years and tack softened from hard use, not oil. My neighbors know to call me when a calf working is scheduled – my track and camera are ready at a moment’s notice.

Battle Scars by Debbie Grayson Lincoln
How did you get started art blogging?

I really, really wanted to get into the DailyPainters.com website/art sales site, and to do so an artist first had to show a commitment to, first, painting every day; second, FINISHING a painting every day; and third showing consistent quality of work. EEK! My husband and I sold our business in 2006 and I knew I finally had my chance to paint full time – it was now or never – so I jumped and never looked back.

Experienced Rider Only by Debbie Grayson Lincoln
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Blogging not only attracts attention (we artists HAVE to learn how to blow our own horns) but it also lets your potential buyers/collectors into your world. They can see why you create what you create and get a chance to make a connection with you. That is an essential element in sharing your art. We have to get connected. Blogging is risky, though – it can make you vulnerable, and often my husband chastises me for things I include in my blog (political rants, for instance). But it’s ME! You don’t have to read about me – close the blog. I will still be me, though.

Party Begins Now by Debbie Grayson Lincoln
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in the studio?

Music in the studio is hard to listen to, because I love to dance and that’s hard to do with a paintbrush in your hand! I love rock and roll from the 60’s, but in the studio my radio is tuned to an XM station that pays old time radio story classics from the 40’s and 50’s – like “Lights Out”, “Gunsmoke”, “The Whistler”, “The Jack Benny Show”, etc. I already know many by heart now, but I still enjoy listening to them.

They Are Not Dancing Yet by Debbie Grayson Lincoln
What’s coming next from your easel?

Horses in motion are getting my attention right now. Bucking ones with and without cowboys, running, jumping, fighting – both realistic and impressionistic. It’s hard for me to stay in one particular style – some days I want to finish a painting and walk away; others I enjoy carefully plotting, crafting layers, making plans and taking weeks to finish. Must be a hormonal thing!

http://nowornever-debbie.blogspot.com/

Thank you Debbie 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: Marcia Baldwin

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an accomplished artist, as seen in last week’s EBSQ Friday Five. Her bold, vivid wildlife paintings are known coast to coast and beyond. But it is her horse paintings that most notably touch the hearts and imaginations of her fans.

Artist Marcia Baldwin

Who and where are you?

I am Marcia Baldwin and I am a full time professional fine artist. My working studio is in Louisiana, a beautiful state full of exciting natural resources, wildlife, parks, and FUN !! Plenty of inspiration for my art. I specialize in oil paintings and have won awards for my paintings depiction horses, but I also love painting flowers and wildlife and dogs and abstracts too. My list of favorites continue to grow and I enjoy bringing a new idea to my collectors. Other mediums I use to create are Batiks on Canvas, Watercolor, Soft Pastel and Gouache.

My gallery website is www.mbaldwinfineart.com. Come by for a visit !!

ANDALUSIAN GOLDEN GRACE by Marcia Baldwin

How did you get started art blogging?

My blogging started when I wanted my collectors to see my new works of art each day. Being a self representing artist, blogging was the perfect way to keep people informed and make good use of time .. because I really wanted to be painting and not spending too much time at the computer !!  Blogging is easy and fun and it is so sweet to get comments from new and old friends, collectors or just fans of my work. I have met so many nice people who appreciate art for arts sake and other artists too.

SPIRIT INDIAN WARRIOR Pony by Marcia Baldwin

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

EBSQ has always been my “go to” website. I depend on EBSQ for a complete portfolio over the past 5 years or more!! Tips for EBSQ bloggers would include … Try to write something every day or at least several times a week. Include photos and information about your art. Add a link to your email or where you art can be seen with more details. Be sure to put your name in every blog so this will be picked up in search engines and don’t forget to use keywords that correctly describe you and your art. Titles are important, keeping in mind your keywords because the title is search-able also.

CAPTURED WILD STALLION by Marcia Baldwin

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

I was honored not too long ago by a musician in Scotland, who wanted to use my art on his CD album cover. His music was an instrument to raise funds to rescue race horses. The CD has raised over $14,000 to help this cause. Several of the songs on this CD are truly inspirational, especially when I am painting my horse paintings.
Here is a link to his music… LOOK for “Brave Heart” on the webpage and you may even download the same music. My art is featured in his webpage heading – KIMBUSTION HORSE HEART.

BLUE GHOST by Marcia Baldwin

What’s coming next from your easel?

I am currently working on several commissioned oil paintings. One is of two beloved pets and will be sent to a collector in Canada. There is another painting going to Scotland to help raise funds to save the Minke Whales. And on my easel this morning is a huge oil painting of two horses, commissioned and based on one of my past sold paintings, titled “Companions”. It will be displayed over a fireplace mantel by a collector in south Louisiana. It is always such a pleasure to be requested to paint something special for those who love my work. It makes all hard work, being a full time artist, so worth it. My passion is art and to know that it is appreciated by so many is a blessing.

http://mbaldwinfineart.blogspot.com/

Thank you Marcia 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?

 

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Pat Burns

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is a fellow Georgia artist with a passion for nature and wildlife. More recently she’s turned her attention to capturing moments in life that sometimes go unseen, but no matter what she’s painting her art is full of heart.

Who and where are you?

I’m Pat DeVane Burns from the heart of Georgia known mostly for my animal and people paintings and palette of rich, vibrant color.

Muff, 8 x 10 inches, acrylic

How did you get started art blogging?

In August 2008, after being away from fine art for over six years, I went on-line to see what was going on in the art world… starting with Ebay to see what others were offering and then back-tracking through links to see where the art was coming from.  I found and joined the EBSQ community and started following some amazing artists through their blogs and the forums.  I started my own blog soon after to give me another web presence and as an extension of my business card.  I liked the idea of giving followers a place where they could keep up with my art on their schedule.  I’m a fairly ‘low tech’ person and knew nothing of Facebook and Twitter at the time. I’ve tried them since, but find them a bit overwhelming and pull me away from the studio too much, so blogging suits my schedule.

Tethered, 20"x20" acrylic - 2010 Paint America Top 100 winner

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Just do it! My blog is super simple…there’s always more to learn, but don’t let lack of computer knowledge hold you up. Start with an easy pre-set format and go at your own pace.  Daily is a bit much for me, but I do post frequently. It’s an excellent self-discipline tool to keep your art in the forefront. Share your knowledge and discoveries. The biggest benefits I’ve derived have been the consistent contact with art lovers and the development of relationships with other artists. Sometimes you will feel like you are throwing a pebble in the ocean, but remember … your blog is as much for you as for anyone else. Never consider an artwork finished until it is blogged. You will see your development happen in front of your own eyes if you will use it as a tool to outreach and grow.

All American, 24 x 36 inches, oil

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

I listen to a variety of music depending on what I’m doing but silence does not intimidate me either.  A bluesy rock jam session by Phish may play while I’m preparing supports or laying in backgrounds… a good way to get started.  Soothing Indian flutes may play while I’m working on a portrait.
If I’m resistant to going into the studio, sometimes I’ll chop vegetables and make a big salad or pot of soup for later.  There is something about the repetitive motion that breaks my block.  Also, picking up the camera and snapping a few reference pictures of the morning sun hitting an orange cat or doves outside my window huddled against the steady patter of rain.  These things get my creative juices flowing.

Connecting, 16 x 20 inches, acrylic

What’s coming next from your easel?

I’m presently preparing for a solo show at Art on the Avenue in late April, so I’ve got three easels going… an almost finished oil of a distillery worker on one, the bare beginnings of a wildlife in acrylics on another, and the next one to come off… a 24”x48” colorful impressionistic acrylic of a bare pecan orchard.  I’m actually painting it again, as my son claimed the first one!
I also do 8”x10” or smaller panels and ‘Spirits in Stone’ in my lap in the den at night while my husband and I watch old movies.  Most of them I’ve seen so many times that I never have to even look up from my painting to enjoy them.  And I get to enjoy being in the same room with my hubby, who is an incurable night owl.

http://pataroosky.blogspot.com/

Thank you Pat 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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So What’s So Great About This Place Anyway?

I’ve been friends with James and Donna Pearson for close to a decade. And I’ve long been a fan of James’ art. In fact, his was the first art, EBSQ art at that, that I purchased when I was an eBay newb. You can imagine how tickled I was to stumble across this post on our forums this morning:

So What’s So Great About This Place Anyway? – 6/20/2007 2:55:08 PM    

…Perhaps it is that James’ received a commission today upwards of $2k because someone spent two hours perusing through ebsq looking for just the right art to showcase in his freshly renovated house. Something to fit his style. Just one reason ebsq is so great. Thanks Amie! 

James, let me just say, your patron has muy excellent taste! Kudos!

Horses in the Wood by James Pearson

Horses in the Wood by James Pearson
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