EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Paul Helm

You may recognize this week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week by his musically inspired artworks. He is one of our most unique and talented artists – a Printmaker to be exact. I’m thrilled he’s taken the time to share a bit about his art and his blog!

Paul Helm

Who and where are you?

I’m Paul Helm and I live and work in wonderful Wimbledon (yes that Wimbledon!). I lived for 7 years in Verona, Italy and still have an apartment there which we try to get to as often as possible.

I have had a career in teaching, printing and publishing. I had my own framing shop and gallery and now I am able to spend my time printmaking, painting and building an online business. After closing my framing business I kept the equipment which I now use for framing my own work.

I like to combine traditional printing processes with modern digital  techniques. I love to experiment.


How did you get started art blogging?

First I built my website www.paulhelm.com

As it grew it was difficult for visitors to find any new content. Part of my solution was to create a blog with the intention of announcing any new content on the website and to generate traffic.

However I’m not very disciplined and I like to add any other item of interest.

I later started another website www.52composers.com which uses my series of portraits of great composers. I therefore started adding material relative to this site also.

Italian Composers

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

My personal view is that it is more important to have a website than a blog. A blog is not a substitute for a website. But a blog is a very powerful and important means of promoting your website and driving traffic to it. The most common advice is that you must update it frequently (advice which I am guilty of neglecting).

If you don’t yet have a blog or a website – start first with a blog. It is easy – Do it now!


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

Since I started my series of portraits of great classical composers I find it helpful to listen to the music of the particular composer I am working on at the time. When doing Puccini I listened to Madam Butterfly and Tosca. Carmen when I did Bizet. West Side Story when I did Leonard Bernstein. At the moment I am completing a series of 12 German composers so I am enjoying the music of the 3 B’s – Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.


What’s coming next from your easel?

The composer series are all done using photoetching and collagraph printing techniques so no easel is involved!  I am though working on a Heroes and Villains series and these are painted in oils or acrylics on canvas using my easel. The next will be a portrait of Simon Bolivar.


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

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Wordless Wednesday- Orchestra

Art: Conductor by Artist Paul Helm  
Conductor by Paul Helm

Art: Maxim by Artist Miriam Schulman  
Maxim by Miriam Schulman

Art: ABSTRACT CELLOS by Artist Marcia Baldwin  
Abstract Cellos by Marcia Baldwin

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ART SEEN: Adventures in Printmaking

finished collagraph by EBSQ artist Paul Helm

A huge thanks to Paul Helm for his fantastic presentation on collagraph printing this evening! If you couldn’t make it, don’t fret! The transcript (which includes demo photos, materials list, and additional resources) will be available in the July issue of the EBSQ Zine.  In the interim, feel free to browse our extensive HOWTO library to check out past archived presentations!

LIVE Rescheduled For Next Week June 18th!

We hope you’ll join us for Paul Helm’s fantastic HOWTO on collagraph printing LIVE in the EBSQ Chat Room Monday, June 18th! We really appreciate that Paul will be staying up into the wee hours and joining us live from the UK to share his love for this unique method of printmaking. Hope to see you there!

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EBSQ LIVE! June 11th, 9 PM EST

This month’s EBSQ Live:
Collagraph Printing 

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Paul Helm
Monday, June 11th, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
EBSQ Chat Room



Schley Fish by Paul Helm
“Schley Fish” by Paul Helm

Collagraph – literally a print from a collage – is a highly versatile and exciting printmaking process. Whereas collage is usually the assembly of several different images, collagraph is the of different textures to produce a single image, which can be as simple or as complex as you like. It is suitable for children or for fine artists.

Collagraph appeals to artists who like an experimental approach to image making, trial and error, the happy accident and surprises. It is wonderful for creating rich textures and marks. It is an economical process and I will show you how you can use scraps and commonly found materials.

Each print from a collagraph plate will be different, so it can be called a monoprint or ‘one of a kind’ which adds value.

UK artist and printmaker Paul Helm spent 25 years in the commercial print and publishing industry. He has also had his own picture framing business and gallery. Traditional printmaking has always interested him and he likes to combine different techniques.

Please Make a Note of the Time by your Zone:

Pacific 6 pm
Mountain 7 pm
Central 8 pm
Eastern 9 pm
Or find out what time this is where you are.