This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an amazing watercolor artist. She’s one of those artists who’s skill in the medium inspires us all.
Who and where are you?
My name is Jeanne Forsyth, and Queen Creek Arizona is where I call home (about 30 SE of Phoenix.) Arizona is my native state, and also where I find inspiration for my paintings. I work primarily with watercolors in a realistic style with an emphasis of high contrast, rich color and simple compositions.
I originally started my blog under the name “Nanny’s Room” two years ago as a result of being chosen to a design team for a digital stamping company. After 1 1/2 years of design work, I decided to step down and devote more time to my fine art journey. I changed the name of the title of my blog to My Studio Work. I have found blogging a great way to not only network, and connect with others, but also it is a great way to record and journal my artwork and achievements.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
Stay current – I try to post at least once a week. When I do a work in progress, I will spread that out over several posts. This keeps my readers interested and checking back for progress updates.
Pictures are a big deal. Good quality is a must. Art buyers, and gallery owners are looking at your work. First impressions mean everything. I edit every picture before putting it on the blog. Usually the color from the camera is not as vibrant as my painting in real life. I will do the necessary adjustments needed for the best quality. Cropping the picture also allows the viewer to see the piece clearly and pleasing to the eye.
I try to keep my articles in my blog on an upbeat and positive note. I think most people are in looking more than reading, so keeping it simple and directed to the artwork works best for me.
My objective is to motivate and inspire my readers. The best compliment to me is when a reader takes the time to comment on my work. I always try to respond back, and pay that blogger a visit if they are keeping a blog.
I cannot paint without music, and my mood dictates what I listen to. I love Pandora – I’ll select stations with instrumental folk, or praise, and sometimes a little Josh Groban;-) There are many genres to choose. My paintings also dictate what music I will listen to. When I’m throwing and spattering paint on for the underpainting – a fast guitar piece does the trick. When I’m concentrating on details, I tend to like some inspiring worship music. Music carries me away and allows me to get lost into the work. There is nothing better than that moment while you are totally absorbed into painting and realize you are in sync with the beat of the music and the stroke of your brush – it’s the perfect marriage~ Sometimes I finish a setting, and will wonder how I even got there – what did I do to create that – hummm… maybe the hand of God had something to do with the results~
I have recently been juried into the AZ Art Alliance, and am also represented by Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale. I am currently working on building a portfolio of work for exhibits to these groups. My next piece that is ready to start is a pet portrait of my big dufus-dog Ben. He is a beautiful white Great Pyrenees. I just completed a portraiture workshop and the instructor had painted a white dog – thought I’d give Ben a try.
Thank you Jeanne 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?