EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week

Who and where are you?

Who am I? Where am I? Such big existential questions… Okay, I’m laughing now. My name is Benjamin Williamson and I am a full-time artist. My painting name is BenWill and my business is BenWill Studio, which is located outside of Portland, Oregon.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

Facebook came up to me at a party and I introduced myself. Well, actually, I’ve had a presence on Facebook for about four years now. Last year, I created a fan page as a way to stay more directly connected with collectors.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Like most things, one should just get the important bits of information up front – and then jump in. Artists should never be afraid to put themselves out there by developing ways to get their work out to the public. It’s a good idea to have new works to regularly introduce on Facebook and to create an online dialogue. If an artist already has a Facebook profile, it’s best to send requests to friends to add to the fan page. The more fans, the better the conversations.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

I think the ability to share images and links are probably the most important Facebook features for an artist. Let’s face it, sharing pictures of my paintings and letting collectors know how to find my work makes Facebook a good way to promote. But, the ability to engage in discussions about art and about my work with hundreds of people is fantastic.

What’s coming next from your studio?

I paint every day, so there is always something new coming from my studio. I don’t think my art is about standing still or resting on any successes. So, it’s important for me, as an artist, to always focus on expanding my work. At present, I’m working on some very large pieces, as I really like to extend myself on big canvases. As Picasso said, “It’s always necessary to seek for perfection. Obviously, for us, this word no longer has the same meaning. To me, it means: from one canvas to the next, always go further, further… “

http://benwill.ebsqart.com/

http://www.facebook.com/BenWillArt

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Maria Greene

This weeks EBSQ blogger of the week is a well of creativity. She takes her love of color and shapes then applies it to painting, jewelry, clay, mosaics, you name it! Her whimsical designs are an inspiration to all.

Who and where are you?

My name is Maria Greene and I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.  Art has always run like a red thread through my life, during my years as a full-time writer, and now, a home decor shop owner.  Art influences all the areas of my life, my sense of vision of the world around me, my gratitude for being alive, and my ability to express myself through various art forms.  Art adds appreciation of shapes and color, especially in Nature, one of my favorite places to be!

Heart and Soul, mixed media 12 x12"

How did you get started art blogging?

I was reading a lot of art blogs and decided to start one myself a couple of years ago.  At first I thought to write it through the viewpoint of my cat, but he’s too flippant!  I get a lot of inspiration from other blogs, and I walk around with my camera for good pictures to share.  Pictures sometimes inspire posts that I might not have thought of before.

Polymer Clay Mosaic Tile Mirror, 9.5 x11.5"

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Write about your passion!  If you don’t know what that is, blog to excavate that from your inner self.  Many people  can relate to that search, and feel inspired from reading about it.  How-to’s about the process of your work are good to blog about, or any kind of tip pertaining to your area of expertise.  Don’t be afraid of the personal touch; that’s what will bring in your readers.  Blogging will bring you a lot of new wonderful friends all over the world!

Sands of Time, mixed media 14x18"

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

I like Blues artists a lot, but to be honest, I don’t listen to music that often when I work on my art.  I find that it distracts me.

Balance, acrylic 24 x 36

What’s coming next from your easel?

My passions are too many count.  One day I’m painting, the next, collaging.  Then I move on to jewelry design and torch-fired enamel beads.  I also make unique polymer clay mosaic tiles that I use in a variety of projects. My next finished art piece will be (I hope) a collage-mermaid-painting-mosaic tile adventure, an 18×24” wall art project. I’m about half way there!

http://greeneearthoriginals.blogspot.com/

Thank you Maria for the an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Jennifer Lommers

This weeks EBSQ blogger of the week is another exceptional artists who’s paintings seem to sing off the canvas. She also has one of the best artist blogs I’ve ever seen. You can’t help but be inspired by her rich creativity!

Who and where are you?

I am a Northwest native recently settled in Corvallis, Oregon. As an avid hiker and camper, I love the Northwest for its mild climate and its amazing variety of scenery and parks – great inspiration for painting! I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work as a full time artist in this beautiful little part of the world.

One Red Posie

How did you get started art blogging?

While moving to working on my artwork full time I realized that many people don’t understand what that entails, and have a very different, and romantic, view of life as an artist (which may be true for some, but not for the majority of working artists). I took up blogging at first to promote my artwork but became more involved with it once I realized the opportunity it afforded to educate people about what it is I do. I have since been pleasantly surprised by all the support and shared experiences I found though blogging.

Pear Tree

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

First of all, when I started blogging I found it important to separate most of my personal life from my art blog. I often see blogs that try to add a little of their art experience into their personal blogging monologue including a large dose of family photos. While this is wonderful for close friends and family, it doesn’t always speak well to a larger audience. Although I’m still working out the kinks of what I want my blog to be going forward (since I’m now using Facebook for most of my promotional posts and working to keep my art blog more focused on the routines, the ups, and the downs of being an artist), I find it is an important question to ask yourself, and ask again over time: “What is the purpose of my blog?” Other tips would include: posting regularly; organize the title and side bars to enhance, not detract, from the overall appearance; and engage in other art blogs!

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

I was trained as a Classical Pianist, and I will typically choose a little Mozart, Bach, Haydn, or Debussy to keep me energized and focused. I do also enjoy an eclectic range of other music, though, from Elvis to Michelle Shocked and Coldplay, but usually listen to that when running, not working.

The Land of Milk and Honey

What’s coming next from your easel?

I have recently been doing a lot of work with the image transfer process, creating gel skins from sketches and/or photocopies of sketches and incorporating them into my paintings. I am working to have a series of them ready for a show in April/May.

http://www.jenniferlommers.blogspot.com/

Thank you Jennifer for the an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Aimée Marie Wheaton

This weeks EBSQ blogger is an incredibly talented artist who spreads her creative inspirations across several mediums. Whether she’s working in digital media or collage and paint her art always provokes a sense of whimsy and recalls the power of color. I’m sure you’ll love her as much as we do!

Who and where are you?

My name is Aimée Marie Wheaton and I am a stay-at-home working mom and mixed media artist. I live in the Adirondack region of Upstate NY. It’s like driving through a post card at times. I’ve been selling on Etsy for 3+ years and also on ArtFire. I found EBSQ around the same time I found Etsy. I won a permanent EBSQ account through a blog contest last year! I fit art in with my daily life. If I’m not creating I’m not happy. It’s part of me and who I am. I even get my 3 year old daughter involved. She LOVES making art. I’ve been doing mixed media art for about 3 years now and before that I did graphic design for 14 years.

Spring - Digital/Photo-manipulation

How did you get started art blogging?

I got started blogging a few years ago after seeing some of my favorite artists promoting their work through their blogs. It was a better way to connect with art fans and buyers and also a great way to vent if need be. I’m so glad I did because I’ve connected with so many people that way. I love blogging and wish I had more time to devote to it.

La Robe - 6 x 12 inches, mixed media

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Keep it interesting. I still have a hard time not just posting what I’ve been up to. It’s great to promote other artists, shops or even post recipes. Lots of photos always draw me in to blogs. One pet peeve of mine is music on a blog, I find it distracting and usually turn it off if I’m trying to read the blog.

The Bride - 12 x 12, mixed media

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

Depends on my mood. Some of my greatest times of creating where I feel really into it is when I listen to A-ha, Coldplay, Imogen Heap, Elbow, Enter the Haggis or jazz and classical. I have such an eclectic mix on my iPod sometimes I just let it shuffle through. Music plays a HUGE role in my creativity, it gets me started. Sometimes a song spurs on a new piece or just a word in a song. I feel like I connect with my music and it connects me to my art as well.

Fly Dragonfly - 36 x 24, mixed media

What’s coming next from your easel?

A few different things, I’m still creating for the Bad Girls Project 52 Team so there will be a few more challenge pieces. I am also going to do a smaller series of mixed media paintings with my long legged birds in various colors and sizes. I’m also working on some darker vintage pieces at the moment. I’m trying to change things up so my stuff doesn’t get stale. I hope you like what you see!

http://creativeflutter.blogspot.com/

Thank you Aimee for the an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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