EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Chris Kapono

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week creates magic with polymer clay. It’s the magic of a beast from a fantasy novel and it’s the magic of Mother Nature all around us. Who is this mage? It’s Mandarin Moon, of course!

Who and where are you?

My name is Chris Kapono and I am from Creve Coeur Missouri. I am a self taught artist and I have been drawing and painting since I was very young. My second passion is nature and the outdoors and this greatly influences every thing I create. A couple of years ago I discovered polymer clay and I fell in love with it’s possibilities. I was amazed at the incredible things that others were making with this clay and decided to give it a try. My first few creations ranged from comical to complete disaster but I slowly I began to learn and develop a style of my own. I rarely pick up a pencil or brush anymore!

I have two children, Eric and Hannah, three aquariums and a cat named Simi. Simi is especially fond of my cabochons and I have to hide them or they start to disappear one by one. LOL!


How did you get started art blogging?

A fellow artist on Etsy recommended that I start a blog. I was totally green to all of this (and that was only two years ago ha ha!). I must admit that I don’t blog like I should. I work full time and when I come home I can’t wait to begin working on the ideas that bubbled up during the day. I answer a few emails and head for the art table and don’t look up again until bedtime.


Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Being the shameful blogger that I am, I hesitate to offer tips LOL! But I can tell you what I enjoy when I am cruising through blogs. I really enjoy blogs full of beautiful photos of the artist’s work and hear a bit of the process they went through to create it. I love to hear what it is that inspired the piece too.


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

Yes, I always have to have music when I am working on my art! I found Pandora Radio online and I have discovered so much more music this way! I have very eclectic musical tastes that range from classic rock to indie, new age, alternative and even electronic. Artists such as Beck, Cake, CSNY, Dave Matthews, Moby, RHCP, Pearl Jam, Eels and Enya. How’s that for eclectic?! LOL!


What’s coming next from your easel?

Oh gosh…who knows! Sometimes I don’t even know what is going to happen when I sit down and grab up some clay. 🙂 Actually, I plan to learn to make my own books using coptic stitch binding soon. I’ll use a higher quality art paper or handmade papers inside and create my own custom covers for them. I also plan to learn to wire wrap jewelry and will wire wrap my own polymer clay pieces and some of the beautiful jasper, amethyst and agate cabs that I have begun to import. At least that’s the plan….it doesn’t look easy so it all depends on whether I am able!

http://www.mandarinmoonart.blogspot.com/

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

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Lauren Abrams

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week creates magic with her polymer clay and if that wasn’t enough, she also is a skilled Trompe L’oeil painter! I feel blessed to have such a talented artist in my midst.

Who and where are you?

I’m Lauren Abrams and I live in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Polymer Pendants

How did you get started art blogging?

I started blogging in the last year or so to try to connect with other artists working in polymer clay. In fact, that’s the name of my blog “Find my way with Polymer Clay”….I know of others who work in this medium and I love their blogs. Some of these bloggers post work by other polymer artists, and of course, their own work. I’ve found that people who work with this relatively new medium are very generous with advice and inspiration.

Kimonofly Pendant

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I try to post as often as possible, which is usually when I’ve done some work I’m happy with, or have been mentioned in someone else’s blog or an Etsy treasury. My goal is to post every day lol…

Brass and Polymer Bangles

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

My ipod contains pretty much nothing but classic rock…a guilty pleasure when I’m working.

Levenger

What’s coming next from your easel?

I’m almost finished with a brand new studio space. It’s been in the works for a few months and I’m just now moving supplies in and setting up work space. I’m very excited…in all my years as an artist, this is my first real studio that I’ve been able to design from the floors(literally)on up…and I’m thrilled.

I’ve just recently joined the instructors at CraftEdu.com and I’ll be teaching some polymer classes as well as the trompe l’oeil painting I’ve done for over 25 years.  It’s an unusual teaching platform, with slideshow and text, narration and a forum site where students will be able to interact with the instructors. They’ve just launched a closed Beta and hope to work out any bugs and get it open to the public very soon.

http://laurenabramspolymerclay.blogspot.com

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

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EBSQ Friday Five

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

1. A Group of New Pieces – Polymer clay extraordinaire, Lauren Abrams Cole, shares her new, stunning creations with the world. Aren’t they beautiful!?

2. Pencil Sharpeners for Pastel Pencils – Artist Kari Tirrell offers an informative post on the pro’s and con’s of different, name brand sharpeners.

3. Mother’s Day Giveaway -EBSQ artist, Kimberly Anne Bailey, is having a giveaway for a custom pet portrait. You have till April 22nd to sign up!

4. Spring Sale – Sara Burrier is offering a wonderful deal on her prints if you sign up for her mailing list. Lovers of fantasy and whimsy shouldn’t miss this great deal!

5. Studio Tour – Vicki Miller is having a studio tour on April 14. Check her blog for details.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

EBSQ Spotlight on Artist Made Jewelry: Lauren Cole Abrams

This month’s featured gallery is Artist Made Jewelry. Handcrafted jewelry is not only an expression of the artist who created it but of the one who wears it.  Whether created in silver or gold; plain or sparkling with gems and stones, artist made jewelry is a coming together of personalities that is unique. Throughout the remainder of March, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Jewelry artists.

Lauren Cole Abrams

Split Layered Pendant- Lauren Cole Abrams

I love working on a small scale, creating pieces of wearable art. My chosen medium is polymer, which to me is the ultimate medium for jewelry, as it has endless possibilities with color, form and technique.  The making of artful adornment is one of the oldest forms of art and I enjoy the connection I feel with makers down through the centuries. – Lauren Cole Abrams

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: Be My Valentine – Christina A. Kapono

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 are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that celebrate this holiday by creating art.

Christina A. Kapono

Valentine Romantic Blank Book Journal - Christina A. Kapono

I love creating sentimental little works that will hold memories of the day it was received. It will be loved not simply for its own beauty, but for the spirit in which it was given… Love. How beautiful is that!? – Christina A. Kapono

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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 Spotlight on Fantasy Art: Carie S

This month’s featured gallery is Fantasy Art and it is one of our most-populous and popular galleries at EBSQ.  The artists that are drawn to this genre take the fanciful images and stories that live within them and share them with everyone. Throughout October, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s fantasy artists.

Carie S

Untitled - Carie S

Fantasy Art ideas can arrive in may different ways during the day so keep your eyes peeled for them because just yesterday I was looking at this person and thinking to myself “How interesting that person is!” and as it turned out I was really looking at three people who were standing really, really close to each other.  So now I HAVE to go to my studio and make that mistake that my mind thought it saw “Three people who are really only ONE.” The middle person will only have a nose, mouth, torso and wings of course. Poor little middle person, he can only fly, eat and smell the people next to him.  Kind of funny/sad…..but that is what I think fantasy is made from. Reading things wrong, misinterpreting what you see, hearing something that others don’t hear and letting it happen – then quick write it down before you forget. Then go look for more because reality might in. – Carie S

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