EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Misty Benson

Who and where are you?

I am Misty Benson of Morbidly Adorable Creations –your skull loving, slightly unhinged, sweetly spooky artist. I live, breathe, and conjure my Morbidly Adorable Creations into being from Gossamerfaery’s Attic in curiouser and curiouser Idaho. In plain speak, I work out of my home studio in Caldwell, Idaho!

How were you introduced to Facebook?

My first introduction to Facebook was the slew of e-mail invites and reminders I kept receiving from friends and fans to join! I think I finally joined just to stop the pesky invites, but now, I’m a convert! I guess those Facebook folk know what they are doing!

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Just jump right in! Don’t worry that you won’t have the right thing to say or share. If I don’t have time to post new art, I try to post a photo or an intriguing quote from time to time. I remind everyone that I’m still around even if I’ve been quiet. If you wait until everything is perfect, you’ll never get started. My page is always evolving. I’m always learning a new function or making my page look better. Honestly, I am not very Facebook savvy, so if I learned how to do it, I know just about anyone else can do it, too!

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

I like the large new Cover photo at the top of the page. It’s a nice snapshot into the FB users world. I also love that my minions can “Like” my page and keep up with my art as much or as little as they like! It’s nice that my page can act as a facet of the Morbidly Adorable World while I’m busy painting away behind the scenes!

What’s coming next from your studio?

I am still working on the Morbidly Adorable Tarot deck. It seems like it has been my main project for years now — and it has! Creating 78 original paintings while juggling other projects, tabling at art conventions, running my website, answering e-mails, and just the day to day maintenance of running an art business, has been a challenge. I would gladly do it again and again though! I love how the tarot is coming along, and I really look forward to seeing it all completed myself! Specifically, I am working on the Hanged Man card right now. It’s a HUGE painting. Generally I paint each card as a 16×20 inch painting, but the Hanged Man is a 4×5 foot painting!! (Don’t worry! All these huge paintings will be re-sized down to your standard tarot card sizes for publishing!) It is neither a man, nor is she hanging, but it is the exploration of a pop surrealistic saint. I’m truly enjoying the process! I’m bouncing back and forth between that and the Cups Suit which features sea life!

http://gossamerfaery.ebsqart.com

http://www.facebook.com/mistybensonart

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EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

Ashleigh Michelle by Mark Satchwill

1. Ashleigh – Mark Satchwill is an amazing portrait artist. Check out his latest marker portrait. Yes, markers!

2. The Etsy Front Page Debate – Don’t miss this informative post by Jennifer Lommers on selling at Etsy and being featured on the front page.

3. Asleep by the Window – Erika Nelson has a wonderful post up on her latest DPW painting and how it came to be. Awesome!

4. Interactive Art Print – Kim Niles of KiniArt has a new print on Zazzle that allows you to change the color of one aspect in the art print (I’m not telling which one). I had to give this a go!

5. Tarot Drawing and Prizes – Misty Benson is holding a drawing for some amazing prizes, but she needs your help. Check out her blog for details on her Kickstarter Project, how you can help and how to enter the Tarot Drawing!

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Misty Benson

For the month of October, Tuesday’s will focus on EBSQ Bloggers who create imaginative artworks of Fantasy, Whimsy and the Spooky! Today’s artist, and our last special feature for the month, creates both spooky, Halloween inspired paintings and surreal, fantasy paintings too.

Misty Benson

Who and where are you?

My name is Misty Benson (aka. gossamerfaery). I live, breathe, and bring my Morbidly Adorable Creations into being from Gossamerfaery’s Attic in curiouser and curiouser Idaho. From the Attic, the creations and I can smell the sugary scent of coffin cake on the winds. The rustle of leaves sounds like hollow bones rattling on pavement. Rain is actually skeletons tap dancing on the roof. Here we vehemently hold onto the ghosts in our dreams. Faeries may be spotted in the dying light. We are not afraid to muddy our white dresses in order to witness the mysterious lives of bugs. Halloween is our favorite time of year, so we spend Christmas decorating our tree with skulls. This is a place where beauty borders on strange and the strange is beautiful.

 

Everyday Is Halloween
Everyday Is Halloween 16”x16” Acrylic On canvas

How did you get started art blogging?

I started blogging in 2003. I had just started selling my art online. I figured that it would be a great way to document my journey and allow me to connect with other people that were doing the same thing.  It started out with Livejournal, but then it expanded into MySpace, Facebook, Twitter – all the usual suspects. When I started, I didn’t expect anyone to even read my posts let alone find them! Over time, I began to realize that people were really keeping up with the antics of my minions!

 

One Spooky Night
One Spooky Night 12”x16” Acrylic On Canvas

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Just keep updating! Whether you simply want to post a funny picture, a quick status update, or new art, it doesn’t always have to be fancy.  People love even the smallest of the macabre morsels. I like to post nice big updates with all the trimmings every week or so on Livejournal weekly. Then I post lots of little random thoughts, quotes, and such daily on Facebook. I admit, there are some days when I feel too busy to update, but I have found that every time I do, it is extremely rewarding. I was just reading some comments from a few fans the other morning, and I started welling up with tears. I honestly wonder how I ever got so lucky as to deserve all of the divine compliments that people leave for me. It’s like discovering tiny treasures. My fans are all little poets in their own right.

 

Comfort In Being Sad
Comfort In Being Sad 20”x16” Acrylic on Masonite

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

I don’t really listen to music while I’m working. Music is so emotive and absorbing that it tends to distract me from my painting. Instead, I watch a lot of TV. People have asked me how I can look at the TV if I’m looking at my paintings. I don’t really watch so much as I listen. I pick programs where there is a lot narration or talking. The TV becomes my little storyteller. I also listen to a lot of eBooks and books on CD. If I just sit in silence or listen to music, I tend to get restless. This doesn’t mean that music doesn’t influence my work though! I’m actually working on a series of paintings that are inspired by various music titles. The painting “Comfort In Being Sad” was inspired by Nirvana’s song “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle.” I love all kinds of music, but I have a special place in my heart for a lot of the alternative and grunge that was so big in the 90s like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mother Lovebone, Smashing Pumpkins , Blind Melon, and the list goes on. I also listen to a lot of A Perfect Circle, afi, Tori Amos, and just about anything that strikes my fancy at the time.

 

Morbidly Adorable Tarot Fool
The Fool, from Morbidly Adorable Tarot 16”x20” Acrylic On canvas

What’s coming next from your easel?

Soooooo many things! I never work on just one thing at a time. I’m simultaneously working on the Morbidly Adorable Tarot Deck for U.S. Games, a series of Zodiac paintings for a gallery, and my music themed project.  Right in the midst of all that, I just finished customizing a Munny vinyl toy for a local charity auction. There is always a project popping up somewhere!

http://gossamerfaery.livejournal.com/

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

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: Be My Valentine – Misty Benson

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 have taken some time to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that celebrate this holiday by creating art. On this last day of February, we send you into the rest of the year with a wink and a smile.

Misty Benson

Queen's Tart #2 - Misty Benson

In the Morbidly Adorable Creations’ studio, we LOVE (yes love!) anything that celebrates love, infatuation, adoration, worship, and hearts! Whether you are mending a broken heart or feeling the flutter of new love, we try to put a sweetly spooky spin on the emotion any chance we get! When February rolls around, the big eye cuties and their skelly counterparts like to spread equal parts love with equal parts mischief. If it can be shaped into a heart, they’ll attempt it! As the artist and creator of the Morbidly Adorables, it is important for me to allow even my darker children the opportunity to celebrate all things precious. There is something that just melts the heart when you see a skeleton get excited about receiving a Valentine! – Misty Benson

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