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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?