EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Pat Burns

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is a fellow Georgia artist with a passion for nature and wildlife. More recently she’s turned her attention to capturing moments in life that sometimes go unseen, but no matter what she’s painting her art is full of heart.

Who and where are you?

I’m Pat DeVane Burns from the heart of Georgia known mostly for my animal and people paintings and palette of rich, vibrant color.

Muff, 8 x 10 inches, acrylic

How did you get started art blogging?

In August 2008, after being away from fine art for over six years, I went on-line to see what was going on in the art world… starting with Ebay to see what others were offering and then back-tracking through links to see where the art was coming from.  I found and joined the EBSQ community and started following some amazing artists through their blogs and the forums.  I started my own blog soon after to give me another web presence and as an extension of my business card.  I liked the idea of giving followers a place where they could keep up with my art on their schedule.  I’m a fairly ‘low tech’ person and knew nothing of Facebook and Twitter at the time. I’ve tried them since, but find them a bit overwhelming and pull me away from the studio too much, so blogging suits my schedule.

Tethered, 20"x20" acrylic - 2010 Paint America Top 100 winner

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Just do it! My blog is super simple…there’s always more to learn, but don’t let lack of computer knowledge hold you up. Start with an easy pre-set format and go at your own pace.  Daily is a bit much for me, but I do post frequently. It’s an excellent self-discipline tool to keep your art in the forefront. Share your knowledge and discoveries. The biggest benefits I’ve derived have been the consistent contact with art lovers and the development of relationships with other artists. Sometimes you will feel like you are throwing a pebble in the ocean, but remember … your blog is as much for you as for anyone else. Never consider an artwork finished until it is blogged. You will see your development happen in front of your own eyes if you will use it as a tool to outreach and grow.

All American, 24 x 36 inches, oil

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

I listen to a variety of music depending on what I’m doing but silence does not intimidate me either.  A bluesy rock jam session by Phish may play while I’m preparing supports or laying in backgrounds… a good way to get started.  Soothing Indian flutes may play while I’m working on a portrait.
If I’m resistant to going into the studio, sometimes I’ll chop vegetables and make a big salad or pot of soup for later.  There is something about the repetitive motion that breaks my block.  Also, picking up the camera and snapping a few reference pictures of the morning sun hitting an orange cat or doves outside my window huddled against the steady patter of rain.  These things get my creative juices flowing.

Connecting, 16 x 20 inches, acrylic

What’s coming next from your easel?

I’m presently preparing for a solo show at Art on the Avenue in late April, so I’ve got three easels going… an almost finished oil of a distillery worker on one, the bare beginnings of a wildlife in acrylics on another, and the next one to come off… a 24”x48” colorful impressionistic acrylic of a bare pecan orchard.  I’m actually painting it again, as my son claimed the first one!
I also do 8”x10” or smaller panels and ‘Spirits in Stone’ in my lap in the den at night while my husband and I watch old movies.  Most of them I’ve seen so many times that I never have to even look up from my painting to enjoy them.  And I get to enjoy being in the same room with my hubby, who is an incurable night owl.

http://pataroosky.blogspot.com/

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

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Simon Sez… I hate Mondays! (Except Monday holidays…)

This week’s Simon is EBSQ artist Donna Gill Colestock. The theme she has chosen for her turn as Simon is “I hate Mondays! (Except Monday holidays…)”. This is what Donna said about her theme: “I want to see moods, holidays, and dreams. If you can relate it to Mondays or a Monday holiday, it works for me. Go ahead and wow me with up to 5 entries. All media welcome.” The original end date was January 25th, but Donna has extended the deadline.

Waiting for the Monday Holiday - Sherry Key

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Mark Satchwill

I’m proud to introduce this week an artist most known for his vivid portraits. But in truth his paintings reflect many aspects of the world around us. Painting in watercolors, he captures images from nature and the imagination. He is a juried member of EBSQ and a dedicated blogger. Without further ado…

Who and where are you?

My name is Mark Satchwill and I reside in Watford, a town not too far from London in the UK.

Pansy II - 6.5 x 7 inches, watercolor

How did you get started art blogging?

Well I started a blog nearly four years ago now. Originally I intended to use it like a diary, not so much about my work but about my life etc. The art took over and I realised that it was still a diary of sorts. Though I have a website, to keep it updated is time consuming. A blog takes five minutes to update, so it doesn’t remain static, so it’s a very useful tool. I generally add the work the day it’s finished with a few words on the piece. I’ve also sold though the blog and regular customers can cherry pick the work they want as it gets put up on blog before it’s listed elsewhere.

Sweet Peppers, 10 x 7.5 inches, watercolor

Any tips for other EBSQ bloggers?

Try to direct customers to your blog. While it’s great to have other artists and friends following what we do, it’s generally non-artist’s that are the buyers. Think of it as a tool so make sure you have links to any places you sell and tag the posts carefully.

Three Squash, 10.5 x 8 inches, watercolor

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

Well, I have an enormous music collection which ranges from the 50’s to now. I rarely don’t have music on whatever I am doing. Recently I’ve been listening to Kap Bambino, Nerina Pallot, Paloma Faith and Fever Ray alot.

Stefan II - 5 x 7 inches, watercolor

What’s coming next from your easel?

I have more still life planned and would like to do more portraits and florals….a bit of everything! I also plan to do some larger pieces this year.

http://marksatchwill.blogspot.com/

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

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Simon Sez… Warm Me Up!

This week’s Simon is EBSQ artist Amanda Makepeace. The theme she has chosen for her turn as Simon is “Warm Me Up!” Amanda said this of her choice: “I thought it would take me longer to come up with a theme, but with my hands so cold it’s difficult to type, there was only one theme to suit the week. Warm Me Up!!

This is open to all mediums, limit 3 entries. Lot’s of possibilities here…could be images of some place warm, or images of things to warm me up, or even abstracts of colors to thaw my frozen fingers! Be creative!

Here’s my contribution. Doesn’t that steaming hot water look inviting?

Oh, and the challenge ends this Sunday at midnight. I’ll pick the winner next Monday while sipping on my HOT coffee.”

Amanda Makepeace

All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… Treats! 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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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!

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Simon Sez… Treats!

This week’s Simon is EBSQ artist Alma Lee. The theme she has chosen for her turn as Simon is “treats”. She explained the reason for her choice this way: “Recently I was “strongly” encouraged to paint a couple of cupcakes for my nieces newly decorated room. It has been done in cupcakes. I can’t even grasp the concept of why you would want food on the the wall of a young girls room but none the less, it got me to thinking. So Simon says treats of any kind… Rules: Length: now-12/13/09 , limit 5.
Lets have em!  Here is Libby’s Cupcake to get things started.

Libby's Cupcake - Alma Lee

All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… Treats! 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… Pets!

This week’s Simon is EBSQ artist S. Key. She has chosen “pets” as her theme. She said of her choice: “Bring ‘Em On!! Show me your “PETS” (you know, the ones that give you unconditional love, or worship the ground you walk on…LOL). We all have our favorite photo, painting, etc. Any media, limit of 5 (only because I know I am going to have a hard time choosing). I will make my pick next Sunday. Here is mine to start it off: Black/white photo, hand altered-daughter and her cat “Psycho”

S. Key

All Simon Sez challenges are open to everyone. To enter Simon Sez… Pets! 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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