EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: Be My Valentine – Christina M. Givens

This month’s featured gallery is Seasonal Art: Be My Valentine.  St. Valentine’s Day is February 14th. It’s popularity means that February has become the season of everything love – hearts, flowers, candy and things done up in pink and red. Throughout the month of February, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that celebrate this holiday by creating art.

Christina M. Givens

The Siren's Key... Temptation - Christina M. Givens

The month of February for some symbolizes love and for others it can symbolize the opposite. A lot of people have mixed feelings about the valentines holiday. With my work I try to capture the one thing that is constant year-round. It is the one emotion that can not be faked, that can not be put into a greeting card. And that emotion is passion. With out passion we would not strive to create works of art from our soul. This is my driving force of creating. With every piece of jewelry I make or every brush stroke my hand creates, there is a piece of my passion flowing into the finished piece. Valentine’s Day is a day for use to celebrate the love, passion & devotion we have for our loved one’s and our creative pursuits. There is a passion, obsession & devotion most artists feel when creating. This month just amplifies those emotions and the end result is very moving and heartfelt pieces. – Christina M. Givens

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Stephanie D’Aigle

I have the pleasure of introducing to you this week an EBSQ artist whose stunning creations can’t be duplicated with a pencil or a brush. She is an amazing jewelry artist and a sculptor of unique beads. Who am I talking about? The Beaded Heron, of course!

Who and where are you?

My name is Stephanie and I live in the Wisconsin north woods, near the south shore of the Great Lake Superior.


How did you get started art blogging?

I first started blogging on April 1, 2003 as something to do just for fun.  I’ve always enjoyed nature photography so my blog was a place I could post my photographs and blab about what was on my mind, what I was up to, and pictures of places I’d go.  An art blog was not my original intention, but it ended up happening that way.    I think blogging just for fun was fuel for the fire that started me on my path to become a serious beadaholic.  It definitely helped me become aware of it all, since I was writing and posting about it as it was happening.   Having a blog to show my beadwork also helped me become a better photographer.   I had to learn how to represent my work and show it as best I could and I’m still working on that and I think I always will be!  I’ve always had an interest in nature photography and have a whole section of my blog devoted to photos where I post often, sometimes daily.  I spend a lot more time updating that section than I do my main bead section.


Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I have a lot of different sections on my blog and they all generate hits. Things that I like a lot, I make a section.   I check my stats to see where the traffic comes from and it comes from all of my subjects, or sections if you will.   Update your blog regularly.  When I don’t update, it shows right away in my stats.  Also, Use Stumble Upon, it’s a great tool.   I use Goodblogs as well, and get regular traffic from there.

Photography is a great tool to generate hits.   As example, I live in an area that is a tourist Mecca.  I have loads of photographs that people may come across while searching information for their vacations.  Many of them end up visiting my blog because of a few well placed key words in my posts.    Use key words that will be picked up by crawlers but don’t use the same words excessively, doing that will backfire.  It will cause the crawlers to filter your site out as it appears like spam to them so be creative in your descriptions. .  A high page ranking is nice but getting to the number 1 on Google search is much more important, or at least on the first page.  I’ve done a few wip’s on my blog as well and they get regular traffic.

Poodles on Parade

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

I bead to the blues.  I love BB King’s Bluesville and Blues Women Radio as well as my local college public radio station and I have it piped into my shop.

Sunshine in the Jungle

What’s coming next from your bead studio?

I want to start making my poodles again and I’m sure to do that soon.  I have other ideas floating around in my head but when it comes down to it, I’ve found I cannot dictate to the muse.   I may go out to my shop with one plan, but what ends up happening may be something else all together.   Basically, this is the time of year I do a lot of bead weaving and have less time at the torch.  When the weather gets warmer it takes less wood to heat the shop so I can get out there more often and I’ll make beads to go with jewelry parts that I’ve been in the process of making, such as my beaded spirals.  Once I’ve done that, it’s anyone’s guess.  There is so much I want to try with glass I wonder if I will get to it all in my lifetime!


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

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