EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Kari Tirrell

Welcome to EBSQ’s first Blogger of the Week! I’m excited to start things off with an award winning, juried member of EBSQ. This self-taught pastel artist, with a love for realism, has been blogging since 2008. Her stunning creations never cease to amaze!

Who and where are you?

I’m Kari Tirrell, and I live in Gig Harbor, WA.

Sweet, 2009, Soft Pastel on La Carte

How did you get started art blogging?

Someone posted an article about why artists should blog on the EBSQ forum, and that started me thinking about it.  I didn’t want to blog.  I didn’t want to add another thing to my “to do” list.  But I did it anyway, and I’m glad I did.  I certainly didn’t expect to enjoy it so much.

New Hat, 2008, Soft Pastel on Velour Paper

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

1. Plan your blog posts with your audience (and search engines) in mind. One of the things I like best about blogging is that it makes the artist accessible.  I enjoy blogs where I can read the artist’s thoughts about what they’ve created, see their process, and interact with them through comments or email.  I assume that the readers of my blog are similarly interested, and try to write my blog posts accordingly.  It is also important to keep in mind that search engines need keywords.  If you want people to find your blog, include relevant keywords in your posts.  Simply posting a picture of your work with the title and dimensions is not only less satisfying for the viewer, it will also do very little to help the search engines find you.

2.  Follow the blogs of artists you admire, and leave thoughtful comments on their work.  The value of interacting with other artists is a benefit of blogging which should not be underestimated.

Lunch Break, 2009, Soft Pastels on Suede Matboard

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

My taste in music is somewhat eclectic, and I listen to whatever strikes my mood at the moment.  I have satellite radio in my studio now, which I’m really enjoying because I can listen to a wide variety of music.  When I want my old favorites, I pull out my MP3.

Sunny Spot, 2009, Soft Pastels on Suede Matboard

What’s coming next from your easel?

I have my next ten paintings planned; mostly figurative works, but I’m going to throw a couple of other things into the mix as well.  Visit my blog to find out!

http://karitirrell.blogspot.com/

Thank you Kari for the being the first EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?

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Sign up for the 2009 Portrait Swap

Art: Frankie by Artist Kari Tirrell
Last year's Member's Choice winner, "Frankie" by Kari Tirrell

 
It’s that time of year again; we’re currently registering partners for our 9th Annual Portrait Swap.  Unlike previous years where we randomly paired members for this event, this year we’re asking members to find their own partner. If you’re looking for someone to partner with, sign up on the EBSQ Community Forum (you must be logged into the forum to post–just ping us if you need help with this!)  And if you already have a partner, please let us know with whom you’re partnering.

All work must be completed by 30 November 2009. As this is a swap, we ask that you send your finished portrait to your partner.

Have at it, and have fun!

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Simon Sez… Clouds!

This week’s Simon is artist Amanda Makepeace. Her theme for Simon Sez is clouds. She describes what she is looking for like this: “I’ve been thinking about clouds a lot lately, long before the floods hit us here in the south. They can be so many things, like and dreamy or dark and brooding!  So show me clouds! All mediums!”

Christi Lynn Schwartzkopf
Christi Lynn Schwartzkopf

All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… Clouds! and to see  the all the entries,  simply go to the EBSQ Forum, find Member Groups, Challenges & General Art Discussions and then go to Challenge Central. All the challenges past and present – including Simon Sez, can be found there.

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Simon Sez… Body Parts!

This week’s Simon is Shannon Girouard-Fogl and she says “Simon Sez… Body Parts!” Shannon was dubbed Simon by Stephanie D’Aigle who felt her entry depicting summer in Simon Sez… Show Me Your Favorite Season was “a wonderful catch”.

Everything Is Better On The Beach - Shannon Girouard-Fogl
Everything Is Better On The Beach - Shannon Girouard-Fogl

For her turn as Simon, Shannon wants to see body parts. To be specific, “I want to see individual body parts… eyes, nose, ears, arms… not the body as a whole but the whole of each of its parts!”

Muriel Areno
Muriel Areno

All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… Body Parts! and to see  the all the entries,  simply go to the EBSQ Forum, find Member Groups, Challenges & General Art Discussions and then go to Challenge Central. All the challenges past and present – including Simon Sez, can be found there.

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Simon Sez… Portraits

This week’s Simon is artist Lisa Miller. Her theme for Simon Sez is portraits. She describes what she is looking for like this: “As some of you know I’m fairly obsessed with portraits….anything goes, people, pets, animals as long as it breathes.  Unlimited entries…..any media.  Bring it!”

Smitty - Kelli Dubay
Smitty - Kelli Dubay

All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… Portraits and to see  the all the entries,  simply go to the EBSQ Forum, find Member Groups, Challenges & General Art Discussions and then go to Challenge Central. All the challenges past and present – including Simon Sez, can be found there.

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November is almost over–enter these shows now

On the Trail: Campaign Art

From 11/1/2008 thru 11/30/2008

Campaign Art

We’re nearly at the end of what’s felt like the longest US Presidential campaign in history. Unsure of how you’re going to fill in those … more

 

Flower of the Month: Allium

From 11/1/2008 thru 11/30/2008

Allium

This month features one of our new favourite flowers, the allium. Any and all materials may be used to create your entry. An artist’s … more

 

8th Annual Portrait Swap

From 11/1/2008 thru 11/30/2008

  8th Annual Portrait Swap

Interested member artists sign-up via our message boards, are randomly paired up, complete their partner’s portrait, and then trade the resulting … more