When I think of November my mind wanders to Autumn Leaves, Thanksgiving, and the richness of Nature. I decided it was only natural to let these thoughts and feelings spread to this month’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week. First up is an artist who’s landscape paintings are rich not only in the thickly applied paint, but also the love of Nature behind them.
Who and where are you?
My name is Kimberly Vanlandingham and you can find me here in beautiful Kentucky. My art medium of late has mostly been oils, though I can work with most mediums. My intention is to capture moments of time in nature. Growing up in a rural setting, I spent a lot of time marching about on my Grandparents farm looking for places I would think of as my own secret garden. Funny thing is, I still do that now! I arm myself with my camera, desperate to find that “secret garden” that only I know the entrance to. Difference is, now I capture those places on the canvas and share them with you.
How did you get started blogging?
I honestly started blogging because I had heard it was a great way to promote ones business. Since, I don’t do much of anything without doing some research, I bought a book called: Blogging For Bliss, Crafting Your Own Online Journal. What a beautiful and inspiring book! I loved reading all of the stories and checking out the gorgeous blogs. I just knew that I would need to be a part of that. What my blog has turned into is a place where collectors, whether ongoing or new, can go to learn a bit more about me. I’ve tried to make it more personal, yet still have a place where a purchase can be made.
Any Tips for other EBSQ bloggers?
Be yourself. It’s been my experience that people are much more willing to purchase your art if they feel like they know or have met you. I’m hoping as my blog evolves that my collectors will feel like they do know me and look forward to stopping in to see what I’m up to.
What’s your musical Inspiration or any rituals associated with creative time?
I like country, classical, and most forms of music. I have a couple of CD’s that I enjoy when painting. For upbeat: Heart in Motion by Amy Grant. For relaxing: Paint The Sky With Stars by Enya. I also turn on the TV sometimes, but I still treat my painting time as a job. I go to my studio every day to work and have a list of daily and weekly goals. This helps keep me focused and helps my work to stay on track. I’m flexible when I need to be, but I know that my success depends upon me.
What’s coming next from the easel?
I’ve been focusing on school and the line of small works for ebay. My newest projects, which will be
in addition to my ongoing ebay line, will be larger works. Since I started working in a more painterly,
impressionistic style, I’ve been much happier and content. I would like to push that style a bit with my larger works without losing the sense of nostalgia I feel when painting the smaller ones.
Thank you Kim 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?