We’ve had better weeks here at EBSQ, but up’s and down’s are a part of life, as are snow days. Snow days are those days off allotted to schools when inclement weather hits. They throw everyone off schedule, the schools, parents, work, etc. But sometimes a change of pace can be a good thing, it can open a door to new ideas and creative adventures. Today’s Friday Five invites you to try something new.
Who and where are you?
I’m a multimedia artist that is known as samos (only because that’s how I sign my work) and most everyone
calls me Stephanie. I create unique abstract figures in bronze, delicate ceramics in bright, funky colors and abstract paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. I’m a native of beautiful Colorado and live in the mountains with my amazing husband, three loving dogs, and two very handsome horses.
How were you introduced to Facebook?
I believe I learned of Facebook through discussions on MySpace. I was just getting into the social networking scene for my art and like everyone else, I had to join.
Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?
I would suggest using interesting images of your work with good descriptions and post art related articles or blurbs that are interesting to you. It lets your readers get to know you a little better as an individual.
What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?
I actually like the new timeline layout for my Facebook page. I didn’t think I would, but what I like about it is that you can read it more like a book or magazine in a horizontal format as opposed to the traditional vertical one.
What’s coming next from your studio?
I’ve been working on a new design for my planters that I’m excited to introduce in my ETSY shop MuddyPotts and I’m also working on three new large paintings.
1. Tomato Tomato – Sandra Willard’s latest scratchboard still life captures the magic of summer tomatoes perfectly. YUM!
2. Cleaning Brushes – Kimberly Vanlandingham shares a new way she learned to clean paint from her brushes.
3. Tour the Studio – Sara Burrier takes us on a virtual tour of her studio!
4. Square Review – Jennifer Lommers shares her first experiences using Square with her iPad.
5. Perspectives 2011 – I recently attended OCAF’s annual pottery event. Check out my favorites from this year’s juried exhibition.
Have a great weekend!
This weeks EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an amazingly talented artist with a love of both painting and ceramics. Earth, soul, emotions – everything she creates speaks to me!
Who and where are you?
I’m that happy-go-lucky girl you used to see in art class in junior high and then moved on to high school. You know, the one that was always spending every minute in the art room, even during study halls and independent studies. The one who expectedly went off to college right after graduation and realized after one semester that school wasn’t for everyone. That’s me! Well, at least that’s who I was when I was younger. Now I’m a full time artist and owner of KoiStudios, happily married to the love of my life, living and working in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.
EBSQ was the very first artist community that I joined in 2005. Since then, I started my creative business called KoiStudios and joined the rest of the world wide web with a website and blog. I have also joined numerous social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr. I started my blog, the not so everyday blog of an artist in 2007. It hasn’t been until recently that I have been posting regularly.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
I am learning that it’s good to share a little bit about your personal life as well as your art when blogging. People like to know the artist behind the art. I have recently started sharing photos of my garden, our animals and camping trips. It makes your blog a little more interesting to read than just looking at the same art day in and day out. Another tip would be to read other blogs and leave comments. It’s a great way to network with other artists and fun to! I always look forward to seeing what my online friends are creating. It’s like going to the museum first thing in the morning. I love it!
Music is a big part of my routine when making art. If I’m in the pottery studio I like to listen to Enya, ambient music, or classical piano and guitar. If I’m painting or working on a sculpture, I usually tend to listen to my ipod and let it shuffle, there’s a mix of country, alternative, instrumental, and new age. And when there’s no music on, there’s usually no art being made.
I love gardening and spending time outdoors. With that in mind, I’ve started incorporating flowers and such into my work by making a lot of planters. I’m really excited about the new botanical series coming from the pottery studio! There will be a lot of new vases and jars with colorful hand painted flowers and ferns. You’ll be able to find them at MuddyPotts, my Etsy shop or you can always check out the not so everyday blog for the freshest art right out the studio.
Thank you Stephanie for being an 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?