EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Vicky Knowles

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week comes to us all the way from Wibbley World, “Where nothing bad every happens! Well, nothing really bad…” Sit back and enjoy the ride!

Artist Vicky Knowles

Who and where are you?

Vicky Knowles, I live in Basking Ridge, NJ.  My blog is “The Art of Wibble”

Captain Pankirk by Vicky Knowles

How did you get started art blogging?

Back in 2007 my husband started a very successful blog, he encouraged me to do it myself.  I actually started mine in 2008 although at first I was very lackadaisical in my posting habits

Moonlight for Monsters by Vicky Knowles

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I would recommend posting as frequently as possible, every day if you can, even if its just sketches or discussing something you’re working on.   If you can’t post every day, then try to stick to some sort of a schedule so that people know what to expect and don’t just give up on checking your blog.  I admit I’m much better at giving this advice than following it, although over the last few months I’ve made a concerted effort to post at least a little more frequently and have seen my followers pretty much double.

For content, I suggest including a lot of pictures. I suppose it goes without saying that you would have lots in an art blog, but even if you’re not posting new work you should try to get some pictures in there.   I think people also like to see a little of the more personal stuff too, so they can feel like they’re getting to know the artist.

Another thing is that it’s important to always reply to comments people leave about your posts.  That sounds like common sense but not everyone does it, which to me gives a negative impression.  It’s also important to visit other blogs and comment there, but not in a “come and look at MY blog” sort of way.  Linking to (and following) other blogs is a good idea too because those people might link back to you!  I think it’s better to keep your links relevant however (if your blog is primarily an art blog & not just a personal blog).

And finally, I recommend linking your online presences as much as possible, have your blog post to facebook & twitter etc.   It’s also a good idea to use the same (or similar) names for all of your online presences, this helps with branding and makes it easier for people to find you.

Murder by Vicky Knowles
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I don’t listen to music too much when I’m painting.  Since my daughter is usually in my studio with me while I’m working, I let her put what she wants on TV while she uses my computer.  Nickelodeon & Disney aren’t my ideal choices for background sounds, but I’d rather have her company.  When I’m alone I like listening to audio books, podcasts, and  movies or tv (preferably stuff I can just listen to without having to actually watch since I can’t see either my monitor or the tv while painting).  I find that this is more engrossing and less disruptive while I’m working than music, which seems to require constant involvement for some reason.

Chipmunk on the Moon, Twice by Vicky Knowles

What’s coming next from your easel?

2011 is going to be the year of cuteness (I hope!). I’ve also been working on some very miniature paintings (“Micro-Wibbles”) that I will be showing soon. I also plan to do most of my listing on ETSY, with the exception of my entries for the Nibblefest Art Contest on eBay each month.

http://wibbleyworld.blogspot.com/

Thank you Vicky 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?

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Catherine Darling Hostetter

This month’s featured gallery is Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season.  The month of December brings us Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. It is a month of festivities and reflection. Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season appears once a year in month of December and is always a favorite. From now until the end of the year, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create for this season of celebration.

Catherine Darling Hostetter

Merry Christmas to Ewe - Catherine Darling Hostetter

As an artist, I love to illustrate feelings – they may not actually be what the painting is about, but more what the painting might stir in the viewer. So I guess I would have to say that I paint for myself, because I can’t exactly control what others are feeling! Generally my art brings to me happiness, a peaceful feeling, or something to think about.  Although I often paint realism, I can’t help but infuse my art with whimsy. I couldn’t stay away from painting whimsical if I tried. I love to paint light-heartedly. Frequently, my art follows the seasons and I love to paint with holiday themes. I had a very contented childhood and loved the holidays and was fortunate to have wonderful traditions in our family. I guess I have never quite grown up mentally in that respect (though it’s a shock to look in the mirror these days) because every element of celebrating a holiday still brings excitement and joy to me which I share in my art. I am blessed to be so happy and an artist too! – Catherine Darling Hostetter

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