EBSQ Bloggers of the Week: Tips for Blogging Part 2

This week, in lieu of the Blogger of the Week feature, we are taking a look back through our featured Bloggers and focusing on some of the tips they gave for successful art blogging. Most artists know by now that blogging can be extremely beneficial for marketing their art, but it can also be the biggest hurdle to overcome. We hope some of these top tips help!

Diapente by Sandra Willard1. Sandra Willard

The best way that I’ve found to improve my blog is by reading other people’s blogs.  I make notes about what I like about their blogs and then consider doing the same thing with mine.  One of my favorite blogs is usually about art but every so often she interjects personal or interesting comments regarding something she had discovered that day.  It’s fun to see what other artists do outside of their studio.  It helps me to understand what inspires them and where they come from.

The Google Analytics tool has become my new best friend. For example, since following the statistics of readers to my blog, I’ve noticed that the titles of my posts seem to be the reason people find my blog. So I try to make them relevant to the content of the post.

If someone leaves a comment be sure to follow up on it.  There is no better feeling then when I get a response to a comment that I’ve posted on someone else’s blog!

Needles of Light by Jeanne Forsyth2. Jeanne Forsyth

Stay current – I try to post at least once a week.  When I do a work in progress, I will spread that out over several posts.  This keeps my readers interested and checking back for progress updates.

Pictures are a big deal.  Good quality is a must.  Art buyers, and gallery owners are looking at your work. First impressions mean everything.  I edit every picture before putting it on the blog.  Usually the color from the camera is not as vibrant as my painting in real life.  I will do the necessary adjustments needed for the best quality.  Cropping the picture also allows the viewer to see the piece clearly and pleasing to the eye.

I try to keep my articles in my blog on an upbeat and positive note.  I think most people are in looking more than reading, so keeping it simple and directed to the artwork works best for me.

My objective is to motivate and inspire my readers.  The best compliment to me is when a reader takes the time to comment on my work.  I always try to respond back, and pay that blogger a visit if they are keeping a blog.

Watercolors by Erika Nelson3. Erika Nelson

My biggest tip is not to get too wordy and try to have a focus like you need a focal point in your painting. People live busy lives and they’re looking for a quick read and hope to gain something (knowledge, humor, good news, etc). from the 5 minutes they have to spare. Must use IMAGES- they are wonderful baits! But same advice – try not to get carried away; too much of anything is too much.

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Team EBSQ: Must have Monday

Cherries, a tasty treat and a sign of spring. How can you not love them?

Cherry Arrangement by Christine E. Striemer
Cherry Arrangement by Christine E. Striemer
Cherry Blossoms by the Lake by Rebecca Salcedo
Cherry Blossoms by the Lake by Rebecca Salcedo
Cherry Blossoms Pendant by Jeanne Forsyth
Cherry Blossoms Pendant by Jeanne Forsyth

Check out more artist made earrings from our EBSQ galleries.  Please take a moment to explore art from our featured artists Christine E. Striemer, Rebecca Salcedo, and Jeanne Forsyth.

Next week: Technology

Art á la carte: Jeanne Forsyth

Arizona is my native home, and I am very drawn to the colors and landscapes.

Cherry Blossoms $25.00
Cherry Blossoms $25.00

Through vibrant sunrises and sunsets, to the beautiful cacti in bloom and mystic red- rock mountains – I never seem to run out of subjects to paint.

Needles of Light Print from $18.89
Needles of Light Print from $18.89

The artists journey is a lifetime of learning, and that is what drives me to continue to paint.

Awakening print from $18.89
Awakening print from $18.89

You can learn more about Jeanne Forsyth  on her EBSQ Bio.

To see more of her art please visit her EBSQ portfolio, or visit one of her online venues:

If you would like to be featured please contact Kris Jean.

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Jeanne Forsyth

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an amazing watercolor artist. She’s one of those artists who’s skill in the medium inspires us all.

Artist Jeanne Forsyth

Who and where are you?

My name is Jeanne Forsyth, and Queen Creek Arizona is where I call home (about 30 SE of Phoenix.)  Arizona is my native state, and also where I find inspiration for my paintings.   I work primarily with watercolors in a realistic style with an emphasis of high contrast, rich color and simple compositions.

Needles of Light by Jeanne Forsyth
How did you get started art blogging?

I originally started my blog under the name “Nanny’s Room” two years ago as a result of being chosen to a design team for a digital stamping company.  After 1 1/2 years of design work, I decided to step down and devote more time to my fine art journey.  I changed the name of the title of my blog to My Studio Work.  I have found blogging a great way to not only network, and connect with others, but also it is a great way to record and journal my artwork and achievements.

Cherished by Jeanne Forsyth

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Stay current – I try to post at least once a week.  When I do a work in progress, I will spread that out over several posts.  This keeps my readers interested and checking back for progress updates.

Pictures are a big deal.  Good quality is a must.  Art buyers, and gallery owners are looking at your work. First impressions mean everything.  I edit every picture before putting it on the blog.  Usually the color from the camera is not as vibrant as my painting in real life.  I will do the necessary adjustments needed for the best quality.  Cropping the picture also allows the viewer to see the piece clearly and pleasing to the eye.

I try to keep my articles in my blog on an upbeat and positive note.  I think most people are in looking more than reading, so keeping it simple and directed to the artwork works best for me.

My objective is to motivate and inspire my readers.  The best compliment to me is when a reader takes the time to comment on my work.  I always try to respond back, and pay that blogger a visit if they are keeping a blog.

Single Rose by Jeanne Forsyth
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I cannot paint without music, and my mood dictates what I listen to. I love Pandora – I’ll select stations with instrumental folk, or praise, and sometimes a little Josh Groban;-)   There are many genres to choose.  My paintings also dictate what music I will listen to.  When I’m throwing and spattering paint on for the underpainting – a fast guitar piece does the trick.  When I’m concentrating on details, I tend to like some inspiring worship music.  Music carries me away and allows me to get lost into the work.  There is nothing better than that moment while you are totally absorbed into painting and realize you are in sync with the beat of the music and the stroke of your brush – it’s the perfect marriage~  Sometimes I finish a setting, and will wonder how I even got there – what did I do to create that – hummm… maybe the hand of God had something to do with the results~

Ben ACEO by Jeanne Forsyth
What’s coming next from your easel?

I have recently been juried into the AZ Art Alliance, and am also represented by Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale.  I am currently working on building a portfolio of work for exhibits to these groups.  My next piece that is ready to start is a pet portrait of my big dufus-dog Ben. He is a beautiful white Great Pyrenees. I just completed a portraiture workshop and the instructor had painted a white dog – thought I’d give Ben a try.

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Thank you Jeanne 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?