EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Hilary J. England

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is a prolific, self-taught artist. She’s recently begun a new series of paintings that cannot be ignored!

Hilary J England

Who and where are you?

I’m Hilary J. England, and I am currently residing in Andreas, PA, USA.

Alejandro on a Swiftly Tilting Planet by Hilary J England
How did you get started art blogging?

I had always been a prolific journaler, since I was a little kid, so this was a natural step for me.  I enjoy looking back over the years through my journals, because you can see the progress through your journals that compliments your artistic evolution.  You see what frame of mind you were in, the circumstances that were conducive to the formation of your art that you may have forgotten about with time.  It keeps your perspective fresh.  I say blogging keeps me grateful!  It helps to keep my compass pointing in the right direction, which is probably why I started and never stopped blogging.

The Thinkers by Hilary J England
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Keep at it.  I blog because I feel it’s an integral part of explaining (at least on the surface) who I am, and why I create what I do, and the circumstances surrounding those creations, whether it’s something simple, something pleasant, or the exact opposite.  Blogging gives others a window into your creative process, and they cherish that.  It also keeps them up on your latest news, and that’s good for networking with new friends and old admirers of your work.  Even if you don’t see immediate results, it’s like hitting the gym–after a long time of hard work, you will definitely see a difference.

A Brave New World by Hilary J England
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I usually listen to classical music, sometimes I’ll foray into jazz or flamenco guitar.  When I’m creating, for whatever reason, I cannot listen to music with words.  Other people’s words seem to penetrate into the private world I’m in, and “muddy” my thinking process…distract me.  So, I don’t listen to music with any kind of lyrics.  Also, I tend to use the same palette through an entire painting.  Even if I run out of paint, or it gets messy, I still continue to use it.  I will scrape parts of it, but what’s left behind let’s me know the order of things, so I can reorder the way I want it.  Each painting has it’s own unique palette from conception to “birth.”  I don’t abandon the palette unless I abandon the painting, and that is extremely unusual for me.  I like to see things through to the end, even if the painting turns out to be a disaster.  It bothers me if it is a disaster, but I chalk it up to learning…I feel you should always finish what you start, so that is a ritual in itself.

Misbehaved by Hilary J England
What’s coming next from your easel?

I have started a new series.  Actually, I have just moved into a different direction with a series I had been working on, which is a social/expressive realist series of teenage girls in rural America, and I have branched out to show their extended networks, families, and commentary regarding their “roots.”  These paintings will be larger in size, and also, the images will be looser in terms of the focus on the subject matter, less constrictive, kind of like moving back a bit in the picture plane.  The first paintings were sort of “in your face.”  These will be a little less immediately confrontational, and a little more mysterious.


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

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Vera Dennen

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week always has a piece of art in the works. One of things I like most about her portfolio is the diverse subjects she’s explored. There’s always something new and vibrant to be seen and the same can be said for her blog!

Who and where are you?

Vera Dennen, and I live in middle America, right in the heartland with lots of open space! Have lived on both coasts, which I will never regret having done, but am glad to be back with my roots now as well.

Weeds, 24" x 30" oil

How did you get started art blogging?

Began to blog as a way to share my work after having numerous requests for more information through my web site. Do have a few blogs with more deeper thoughts of my own, but mostly try to add some interest is trying new media, new methods, and new artistic horizons for follow artists as I believe this is the way we all grow.

Mustang II, 20" x 34" oil

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Speak from the heart. There Julia and Julia was not wrong (although I think that title is), just let your feelings roll as if off of your tongue; then others can better relate. Not only about what you did to achieve such and such new affect, but perhaps what caused you to try this style to begin with, or what trials and errors were involved before final achievement.

Feeding Time at the Zoo, 21.5"x28.5"x2" Watercolor

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

I have on major news networks, where I can keep up with what is going on in the world, but do not have to look at the TV while doing it. This is not for everyone however, as all of the news is not good. CNN being my favorite, and Hardball on MSNBC. Because I have lived in such a variety of settings in my life, guess my need to be broadly informed may be greater than many. To tell the truth, do envy those artists who turn up the music and paint while they listen.

Growing Season, 18" x 24" x 3/4" Watercolor mounted on Canvas

What’s coming next from your easel?

Am working on a second Mustang, smaller in size this time, and pre-stretched on Gallery Wrapped Canvas. Mustang III, about a week away from finish yet I would guess. But have many paintings lined up in different stages of work, watercolors receiving glazes, others being mounted, several oils in the works, drying, etc., and some having floater frames being added as well. What ever pops up and yells “finish me” the loudest will be next. Anyway, that’s the way it usually works best for me.


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

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Gwen Bell

This weeks EBSQ blogger takes her inspiration from the world around, including everyday objects. Paint brush in hand, she brings to life a bowl of fruit, a loved pet, and a child’s amusement. It’s impossible not to smile when browsing her diverse portfolio!

Who and where are you?

I am a self-taught artist living in Dallas, TX.  My family has lived in Dallas for 5 generations so I feel very rooted here. My 2 sons are grown and I am now in a position to commit to full time painting. I am relatively new to Fine Art Painting. My background is in Commercial Art which is an entirely different animal. A little over a year ago I began pursuing Art for Art’s sake, experimenting with style and small goals of moving my work forward.

Green & Blue, 6X6, oil on masonite

How did you get started art blogging?

I read an article in the newspaper about a local artist who was a “Daily Painter”. It mentioned her Blog and how it has been instrumental in her art career. I had never heard of either Daily Painting or Blogs so I Googled them and discovered an exciting new world. Blogging has been such a wonderful experience! I initially thought of my Blog as a way to track my progress but soon discovered that it was a doorway to a very supportive, encouraging community of Artists.
My Blog has also become my best marketing tool. The majority of the paintings I sell are sold through the Blog. I make sure to have a Paypal Button on all posts making it convenient for viewers to purchase a piece. Many of the commissioned pieces I’ve received have also been through Blog contacts or Followers. I do not have a website so I use my EBSQ Profile/Portfolio as a Portfolio for my clientele.

Marbles, 10 X 10 oil on masonite

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

The most important tip is: Post Consistently & Post Often! Blog Followers like to see something new, grow bored very quickly and move on if there isn’t something new to see. I rarely let a week go by without posting something new. If I don’t have a new painting I will post an older one and write something witty about what is going on. I always keep the subject Art related. After all, it is an ART Blog, not a Facebook page.
I consider my Blog a very valuable marketing tool and treat visiting and commenting on other Blogs as part of my “job”. I currently have over 211 Followers and try to visit as many of their Blogs as I can and always leave a comment. Over the course of a month I will visit all of them. I also have Favorite Blogs that I comment on each time they post. I never know who reads their comments and who will click on the icon by my comment and discover my work. Many of my Followers found me through other Artist’s Blogs.
I attempt to trade links with my Favorite Bloggers. More links equal higher hits on search engines. I choose Artists I admire and who have a lot of Followers themselves. I never ask someone to link me. Instead, I contact them, compliment their work and ask if I may link them to my Blog.  I find many times they will reciprocate by linking me to theirs.

Lemon Basil, 6 x 6 oill on masonite

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

I listen to Pandora.com. It is an amazing site where you can program your own music stations. I keep the sound low, and depending on the mood, will listen to soothing Ambient Spa Music/Nature Sounds, Alternative Rock or Old 60’s-70’s Bubblegum. Regardless of the Genre, there must be music when I am creating!

Tea & Quackers, 6X 6 oil on masonite

What’s coming next from your easel?

I seem to be settling on Still Lives. I have recently changed my painting surface from Primed Masonite to Raymar Canvas Panels. I like the hard surface and the tooth of the canvas, plus, unlike Masonite, it is Archival quality. I love the square format. Although I will always paint the 6 X 6 size for my Blog, I would like to start doing some 16 X 16 & 20 X 20 paintings with the goal of showing in Galleries.


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

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EBSQ Spotlight on Artistic Nudes: James Michael McCracken

This month’s featured gallery is Artistic Nudes. The nude is a classic subject for artists and is of endless fascination and challenge. There are many types of nudes, in all degrees of undress and all manner of poses. Some are intended to make a statement, some are part of a story and some are just a celebration of the human form.

James Michael McCracken

""Why" 2008 - James Michael McCracken



“For me painting artistic nudes allows me to escape brands and perceived worth, and create something less dated. The human form, and musculature are something we have all share, creating a very natural sense of commonality. With the labels stripped away, hopefully we can all become more equal. Attractiveness and self-worth should radiate from within, and hopefully be easily seen in my work and models. Only then, do I feel I have done well for that which has changed so little with time.” – J. Michael McCracken

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