EBSQ Friday Five: Art Seen

This week’s Friday Five features five recent artworks from various galleries in our community. They are a taste of the diverse and amazing talent of our artists. I hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful weekend!

Please take a moment to check out the artist’s portfolios on EBSQ: Allesandro Andreuccetti, Sherry Key, Torrie Smiley, Martha Di Giovanni, and Janet M. Graham.

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Melanie Pruitt

Artist Melanie Pruitt

Who and where are you?

My name is Melanie and I am a watercolor artist. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for 23 years. I raised 3 children here with my husband of 27.5 years. It’s a wonderful place to live – as long as you can put up with “liquid sunshine.”

Garden Enchantment by Melanie Pruitt

How did you get started art blogging?

My career as a self-taught artist began about 6 years ago. After a very active life, I came down with a chronic illness, M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), more commonly known in the U.S. as CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).

Anxious that illness would not ruin my life, I began looking for things that I could spend my time doing. I began to learn to paint with watercolor. I also joined many online communities to stay connected. I soon learned that blogging was the “new” way to share my artwork.

I originally had 2 blogs – a personal life blog and an art blog. Last year I combined the 2 blogs into one WordPress blog where I also had store pages to purchase my art.

This year, due to the economy, I had to downsize to a WordPress.com free blog and no longer have the store pages, but I still blog about art, my personal life, and I do occasional reviews and giveaways.

Northwest Enchantment by Melanie Pruitt

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

When I first started, I just blogged when I had a new art piece to share. But as my connections with other artists online grew, I began to appreciate and admire many different art forms and artists.

I think the best advice for any artist who blogs, is to look outside yourself for blogging inspiration. Don’t be afraid to feature other artists or artwork you admire. We should not look at other artists as competition, but rather, we should view ourselves as a family of creative people. If we all take the time to take our eyes off ourselves, we suddenly discover amazing talent all around us. I truly enjoy exploring the art of my fellow artists and sharing their artwork with my readers.

Oregon Coast by Melanie Pruitt

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

I do have a “painting” playlist on my iTunes! I love Marc Enfroy’s Cinematic Piano when I’m painting. I also often listen to Michael Allen Harrison, and Jim Brickman. At other times, I really enjoy some of my “Solitudes” music – soft soothing music blended with sounds of nature. Music is very important to me when I’m painting.

Aloha Hula by Melanie Pruitt

What can we expect to see next from your easel?

I’ve been working on a series titled “My Enchanted World”. I am currently working on 3 18×24 canvas pieces. I’m using YES! watermedia canvas and watercolor. I look forward to sharing those! I also have more 4”x6” Hula Dancer paintings in process, and several more impressionistic coastal scenes planned.

http://thecreatorspalette.com/

Thank you Melanie 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?

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Miriam Schulman

Artist Miriam Schulman

Who and where are you?

I am a full time watercolor artist who lives in Scarsdale New York with my musical children, sensitive husband and a quickly growing tuxedo kitten.

Art by Miriam Schulman

How did you get started art blogging?

My first blog post appeared November 2007 after reading an article in Art Calendar magazine. In the first few years the egocentric posts averaged about 4-5 per month. I sent out blogs to my email list of online collectors and they seemed to enjoy getting posts about my new work. This May I completely changed my philosophy towards my blog. I started writing 4-5 days per week and wrote about more than just my own art. My topics range from art shows I go to in New York, to social media tips I learn that I want to share with other artists, to color trends in decorating and fashion and more. Due to the breadth of topics and frequency of my posts I decided it was no longer appropriate to send my updates to my mailing list and started to build a following for my blog organically through google connect, twitter and facebook.

Art by Miriam Schulman

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

Don’t underestimate the power of promoting others to increase exposure. Every post I do features someone besides me in a small or large way. Either they get a free advertisement on the bottom of my blog or I may be discussing their hand crafted item in my post. Not only does this make the blog more informative and interesting but all the other people who get featured work hard to promote my blog. A post about artist wardrobe staples was republished on the GAP’s website. The Metropolitan Museum of Art tweeted a post I did about getting inspired at the museum. Some self-representing artists also have large followings on their social networks which are very effective.

Art by Miriam Schulman

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

I have three pairs of overalls/ rompers that I rotate as my painting uniform. Putting on the overalls signals to me that it is time to work. Playing music keeps me focused in my studio as well. I listen to anything from classical to Bruno Mars. I also like to make myself tea. My painting students enjoy hot tea and cookies when they come for painting lessons which keeps my classes social and fun.

Art by Miriam Schulman

What can we expect to see next from your easel?

I am enjoying creating ethnic art with an eclectic culture clash. I mix African art with luminous watercolor, and far eastern art with a modern abstract twist. Living in New York’s backyard I have incredible resources for constant inspiration.

http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/

Thank you Miriam 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?

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Cathy Johnson

Artist Cathy Johnson

Who and where are you?

Actually settling on a name is a bit hard these days, but though I remarried a few years ago, I use my professional name “out here in the world.”  So, Cathy Johnson…(my friends call me Kate, and my married name is Ruckman…)  I live in a small town in the Midwest, about 30 miles from where I was born—Independence, Missouri.

Winter Morning by Cathy Johnson

How did you get started art blogging?

I began selling on eBay years ago, and made friends with a group of other really neat sellers, most of whom loved art and antiques; they invited me to join their consortium, a discussion list.  They told me several of them had blogs, and I checked them out…liked them, so started one of my own, the Quicksilver Workaholic on Live Journal.  It’s been crazy, ever since!  I now have 9 in addition to that one–two that I use for classes, two group blogs, and my own stuff.  I wanted to be able to focus rather than trying to throw everything into the Workaholic blog…some focus, eh??

Pepi by Cathy Johnson

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I’d say think about what and what you actually want to do on your blog.  Do you just want to share your work?  Do you want a place to put up good-quality images?  Do you want to open discussions on art and what it means?  How interactive should it be?  What should it look like?

Then research what the various services offer.  Do you want a free blog, or are you willing to pay?  Do you need one that’s user-friendly, or can you do your own .html?  Will you pay to have someone else design it?  Do you want to put it on your own website?

Do you want to sell?  Have links to places like Amazon or Dick Blick?  Teach? Run a group blog?  Some sites won’t allow commercial use of any sort, including classes, some are fine with it.

I know a lot of artists who use WordPress or Typepad, and they do look rather elegant and offer a lot of options; I found WordPress a little hard to navigate.  My original blog is on Live Journal, but it’s more difficult to add links and such; most of my newer ones are on Blogger.  It’s free, it’s user-friendly (though customer support isn’t all that handy if you DO have a problem), and it does allow commercial use; I teach classes right there, and also have a gallery blog where I sell my work—when I actually list something!

My group blogs are wonderful—one is Sketching in Nature, which features artists from around the world.  It’s here: http://naturesketchers.blogspot.com/  The other grew out of the new book, below…Artist’s Journal Workshop, here: http://artistsjournalworkshop.blogspot.com/  We discuss all aspects of journal keeping for artists.  (I also belong to the international group blog, Urban Sketchers, a wonderful group of artists sketching on the spot.  http://www.urbansketchers.org/)

I forgot to add not to let it get too addictive, too outward-focused.  It can be very time-consuming, photographing your work, uploading it, writing about it.  If you set  yourself a goal of posting every day, you WILL burn out.  It can make your creative time very surface, and can become a burden.  Remember, you don’t owe anyone but yourself, really…you’re not obliged to post, it’s a way to share.  If life gets in the way and you don’t post for a while, there’s no need to apologize…it’s your blog.

Old Dairy by Cathy Johnson

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

Sometimes I listen to Bach or Vivaldi, but mostly I prefer natural sounds and as quiet as I can manage.  I built a tiny shed/studio last summer, after many years of working wherever, and find it’s very conducive to working.  Sometimes I take a little time for meditation or visualization before starting…but mostly the flow is so ever-present I just reach for something to work with, and jump in that moving river!

Pods by Cathy Johnson

What’s coming next from your easel?

I’ve become hooked on plein air work, and seldom use photo references any more, so whatever catches my eye.  Usually it’s the way light falls on something…or some detail of nature.  I love being OUT there…
I keep an artist’s journal, and in fact my newest North Light book, due out in June, is Artist’s Journal Workshop…I invited 26 other artists to share their journals, tools, methods, thoughts, feelings, reasons for keeping a journal.  It’s been fascinating!

I’ve journaled for more than 40 years and written about it for magazines as diverse as The Artists Magazine, Watercolor Artist, Personal Journaling (no longer published), Family Adventures (also no longer around), Country Living and even Sports Afield!

So “next from my easel” is more likely to mean next in my journal, really…

Thank you Cathy 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?

Art á la carte: Jeanne Forsyth

Arizona is my native home, and I am very drawn to the colors and landscapes.

Cherry Blossoms $25.00
Cherry Blossoms $25.00

Through vibrant sunrises and sunsets, to the beautiful cacti in bloom and mystic red- rock mountains – I never seem to run out of subjects to paint.

Needles of Light Print from $18.89
Needles of Light Print from $18.89

The artists journey is a lifetime of learning, and that is what drives me to continue to paint.

Awakening print from $18.89
Awakening print from $18.89

You can learn more about Jeanne Forsyth  on her EBSQ Bio.

To see more of her art please visit her EBSQ portfolio, or visit one of her online venues:

If you would like to be featured please contact Kris Jean.

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Gretchen Del Rio

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week creates some of the most memorable wildlife paintings in watercolor. Her gentle washes are soothing to soul. You won’t easily forget her powerful paintings.

Gretchen Del Rio

Who and where are you?

My name is Gretchen Del Rio. I live in Crestline, California which is about 70 miles east of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino  mountains.

Cat and a Poppy by Gretchen Del Rio

 

How did you get started art blogging?

A artist friend of mine interested me because of her art blog. For a year I just listed my paintings. Then I began to include my comments. I have met some very interesting people through my blog.

War Horse by Gretchen Del Rio

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I consider myself a beginner blogger. I just discovered tags a few months ago. I always answer comments that other bloggers make about my uploads. I like to acknowledge their interest and the time that has been put into commenting about my artwork.

Midnight Snow by Gretchen Del Rio

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

Enya is my favorite music to play when I paint. I like to ‘plug in’ so as not to hear anything else. It always ‘takes me away.’ I also like Andrea Bochelli, Cat Stevens, sound track of Frida, Jai Uttal, Wa. A friend of mine gave me some most valuable advice many years ago concerning painter’s block. “Always leave your work table with unfinished work on it.” The painting will drag you back and allow you to reinsert yourself into the creative process. It works. I have extended this process to music. When I can’t quite sit down to paint, I listen to the music that I played the day before while I was painting. It works.

Eggs by Gretchen Del Rio

What’s coming next from your easel?

Next painting I have planned is a coyote wearing a blanket. Probably an 8 x 10. I have the drawing and the painting is knocking around in my head pleading to be let out. I have been painting mostly aceos for awhile now and will continue to do so. It’s nice to finish  a little piece in a short amount of time. It is a challenge for me to change size. You know….it alters everything…brush size, amount of paint mixed and technique. However, I miss the stretching and tearing of paper that I don’t do when I paint the miniatures. And I need a challenge right about now. Everything is always changing. What I created a year ago doesn’t look like what I paint today. Involuntary evolution. Keeps things alive and fresh.

http://gretchendelrio.wordpress.com

Thank you Gretchen 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?