EBSQ 1:1 – What art medium would you love to learn?

Elena Feliciano

As a painter I am always seeking new techniques to use in my work. I believe venturing into unfamiliar mediums from time to time will benefit the one I mostly work with. It allows me to come back with a fresh view. One art form I would love to learn is sculpture. Throughout history materials continue to be diverse, enabling endless possibilities that are only limited by our imaginations.

Dreams by Elena Feliciano
Dreams by Elena Feliciano

Betty Refour

I’ve never been able to get the hang of colored pencils. I see work that other artists have done and it’s amazing but I just can’t get the hang of them. I would love to learn how to use colored pencils.

Her Dreams were of Colors by Betty Refour
Her Dreams were of Colors by Betty Refour

Cindy Couling

I’ve always wanted to learn stained glass but I am really afraid of having to cut the glass, and working with hot materials like solder.
Loteria Series - El Pescado by Cindy Couling
El Pescado by Cindy Couling

Keri Colestock

The other medium would be welding kinetic sculptures. I would like to use rock with the metal. If i could get movement it would be even crazier! I have never welded & it would be a challenge as the Lyme leaves me weak so I do not know if physically it is possible. But maybe I’ll just have to attempt it!

I am a Warrior by Keri Colestock
I am a Warrior by Keri Colestock

What art medium have you always wanted to learn?

EBSQ 1:1 – Where do you shop for art supplies?

Catherine Darling Hostetter

My favorite shop for arts supplies is the one that I can get the best deal at. I live within 8-10 blocks of a Michaels, JoAnns, and an Utrecht art supply, and I always go armed with coupons. I love that most of these stores have apps and I can access them from my phone, because too often I run out the door without the paper coupon.

Frida by Catherine Darling Hostetter
Frida by Catherine Darling Hostetter


My community has a really neat, unique resource here in town, called the “I.D.E.A. Store.”  It’s essentially a resale shop….for gently used art and craft supplies and all kinds of assorted donated odds and ends intended for recycling and reuse.  It’s a mixed bag every time I go in there — never quite know what you are going to find….but I’ve purchased (at crazy low prices) tubes of paint and jars of gesso and mod podge with plenty of product still in them, paint brushes, brayers, art books, stamps,maps and sheet music for mixed media projects, yarn, frames, and more.  Staffed by volunteers, all proceeds benefit a local school districts.  So indeed — pretty cool, and something every community should have!

Ain't Nothin' But by Patience
Ain’t Nothin’ But by Patience

Misty Benson

I always love to dreamily float through Michaels Stores (Arts and Crafts Supply) for inspiration and quick fixes. Since it’s in so many states, I can even pick up emergency supplies (yes, an art emergency!) when I’m traveling to and from art shows. For items they don’t stock, I buy from various online sites for items such as my favorite  clay for making Skellies and stretcher bars for limited edition canvases of my Big Eye Beauties!

Morbidly Adorable Tarot Sun by Misty Benson
Morbidly Adorable Tarot – Sun by Misty Benson

EBSQ 1:1 – What has influenced your art over the years?

Mary Ogle

The prevailing influence upon my artwork is technology. I was trained as a traditional oil painter, but vision problems forced me to turn to computer technology in order to see fine detail. I continue to draw and paint by hand, I simply use a mouse now instead of a brush.

Well Dressed Raven by Mary Ogle
Well Dressed Raven by Mary Ogle

Tiffany Towland-Scott

I’ve always been interested in artwork my whole life, and as a child I was an avid reader and loved fantasy novels. Now I only really have time to listen to audio books while I work, but I still generally choose fantasy novels. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is my very favorite book, and I usually watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Stanley Tucci as Puck at least three or four times a week. I usually have movies or books playing in the studio while I work, but I also listen to symphonic metal and get a lot of my best ideas from music.

Cursed Lamia by Tiffany Towland-Scott
Cursed Lamia by Tiffany Towland-Scott

EBSQ 1:1 – What two colors are a must have on your palette?

Tracey Allyn Greene

Two must haves on my palette. Ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. So many color combos possible….cools and warms…..and together they make a great black and warm greys with white.

Splash Hawaii Series 1 by Tracey Allyn Greene

Kimberly Vanlandingham

The two colors my palette is never without are terra rosa and yellow ochre. I tone all of my canvas with a gray/green and under paint my larger paintings with terra rosa. The contrast really helps me work out composition and value issues before committing to my final work. Yellow ochre is a versatile color that mixes well with other colors to form natural looking hues. No matter what I’m working on, I put them out every time.

Still Life by Kimberly Vanlandingham

Melanie Douthit

I must do this unconsciously, but my two must have colors (besides black and white) are green and red. These naturally complimentary colors create so much visual fun that they shouldn’t be reserved only for Christmas.

Happy Hour For Two by Melanie Douthit

EBSQ 1:1 – What’s your favorite art museum?

Aja Apa-Soura

My favorite art museum is the Whitney in Manhattan. I feel like the artists and work included represent the cutting edge of contemporary, 20th and 21st century art. The fact that it is American art-centric lends itself to one of the few places chronicling American heritage in the arts – something that, as an American artist, touches me personally when I walk through the museum. My dream is to one day have my own retrospective at the Whitney – that’ll be the pinnacle for me.

Faces of the City XXXI by Aja Apa-Soura
Faces of the City XXXI by Aja Apa-Soura


My favorite art museum is the Cranbrook Museum of Art. I grew up near Cranbrook and my parents were very involved with the Art Academy so my first memories of any art museum is theirs. The architecture of the building is elegant and striking. My mother took me there often and I have particular memories of a ancient sculpture of an Asian head. I really loved that sculpture and when they changed the exhibit and the sculpture was removed, I was very upset. The curator took me down to the storage area so that I could see that the head was still there and safe. I’ve seen many different exhibitions there over the years and I still have that feeling of personal connection with the art and with the museum.

Beehive Cat by Harlan
Beehive Cat by Harlan

Victoria Kloch

Legion of Honor Museum would have to be my favorite. One day we set out to go to the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco to see the visiting Pablo Picasso exhibit, but there was long line that wrapped clear around the block just to get in the door. So we changed our plans and went for a hike in a beautiful woodsy area where we unexpectedly stumbled upon the Legion of Honor Museum. There I saw an extensive collection of sculptures by Auguste Rodin including the ‘The Thinker’ and several pieces of Pablo Picasso’s ceramics. It was a very good day.

Fish Bowl by Victoria Kloch
Fish Bowl by Victoria Kloch

EBSQ 1:1 – What contemporary artist would you like to meet?

Leola Walker

I would love to meet Jakub Julian Ziolkowksi. He’s very young. Young enough not to be afraid to make a statement. His art is bold and daring and very excessive. I find him very refreshing.

Ship in a Bottle by Leola Walker

Diana Mae Potts

Cecily Brown, the featured artist in the February, 2013 edition of “Vogue” magazine comes to mind as a contemporary artist I would like to meet. Although my subject matter is rarely the human form, her powerful and insightful freedom of expression making people accessible and familiar inspires me and resonates with the goals in my own art. She seems very focused and busy so I would leave any meeting on her terms.

Fairy Goddess by Diana Mae Potts

Studio 524

We’d love to meet Annie Preece. Her work is big, loud, colorful, full of energy and packed with punch. It speaks loudly in quiet rooms. That she’s one of the few women who are recognized and respected in the urban art arena – yeah. That doesn’t hurt either.

Art Collage Necklace by Studio 524

Mark Satchwill

I’d like to meet the French artists Pierre and Gilles, whose beautiful images (a mixture of photography and painting) have been a big influence on my work, to talk about their methods and influences. And because they are rather handsome!

Amelia by Mark Satchwill

EBSQ 1:1 – What is your preferred social media site?

Jasmine Becket-Griffith

My favourite social media site is definitely Facebook. For visual artists I think it is the best way to connect with fans and collectors because it is a great balance of pictures, text, and important apps like Event Calendars. I love posting photos of projects I’m working on while they’re still in progress – most of the time I end up selling a painting before it’s even finished, and it’s also a great way to invite discussion from artists & budding artists about technique & process. The Events app is also a wonderful way to post all of my upcoming art shows and to let people know what I’m up to!

Follow Jasmine on Facebook

Faces of Faery 207 by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Windi Rosson

My favorite social media site would be Facebook. I use my fan page to promote my art everyday. via direct sales, etsy stores, auctions, showing works in progress, you name it. It can all be viewed by my collectors in one place. The various artists groups are great too, for interacting with other artists from all over the world.

Follow Windi on Facebook

Girls Night In by Windi Rosson

Sara Burrier

For my business I prefer using Facebook. It allows me to more closely interact with my followers, promote, and see how others are moving my work around. I also find it so simple to take a picture and share as I work from the drawing table with my phone.

Follow Sara on Facebook

Day of Joy by Sara Burrier

EBSQ 1:1 – What’s your #1 tip for budding artists?

James Pearson

I’d say my number one tip for budding artists would be to dedicate time each day to the creative process. We’re all stretched pretty thin making a living and can’t always find time to paint or even sketch daily. On those days, make time to read an inspiring article, watch an interview with someone in the creative arts, do some Google image searches or try visiting a virtual gallery. These don’t have to be in your direct field of work. Have faith in the process. It may take some time but what goes in one day comes out another.

Hazel and Fiver by James Pearson

Lindi Levison

Don’t be too self-critical. Even the masters don’t create masterpieces every single time! Explore a lot of different mediums in order to find your niche.

One Fish Two Fish by Lindi Levison

Amie Gillingham

I decided to pass the buck on this question and ask my 6 and 8 year old children. My son said to practice drawing everything and look at things very carefully. My daughter said whether you draw, paint, or sculpt, you should start with something you’re really interested in (in her case, Garfield and Pokemon) and explore it because you make better art when you care about what you’re making. A few minutes later, she also chimed in with, “Oh, and be creative!”

I think there’s a lot of precocious wisdom in their answers: practice, observation, passion, curiosity, a connection to your subject. All children are born artists. (And scientists, too, for that matter.) The secret is to hold onto this wisdom as you grow up.

Waiting for Daffodils by Amie Gillingham

EBSQ 1:1 – What’s your most creative time of day?

John Wright

My most creative time of day is early morning. I like get up, make a cup of coffee and get straight down to painting. Still being half asleep seems to make the work and ideas flow much easier than later in the day.

Buttercups by John Wright

So Jeo LeBlond

My most creative time of day is late at night after the kids have been tucked into bed. The house is still and quiet and I know there will be no interruptions. The phone will not ring, no one at the door, even the pets are sleeping peacefully. I can submerge myself wholly in my work and time just goes by without my notice, this is when my best work is created.

War of the Roses by So Jeo LeBlond

Carolyn Schiffhouer

My most creative time of the day is usually when the muse strikes me and I never know when that is going to happen. I will say, though, that many of those times seem to happen when the day is almost over and everything is quiet. Nothing pulls me away from creating and that is nice!

Soaring by Carolyn Schiffhouer

EBSQ1:1 – What’s your can’t-live-without art supply?

Torrie Smiley

The one thing I can’t do without is my shoplight and OttLite. I have a day job and often paint at night. My vision is very poor in the evening and I could not paint without a good light. I have 1000 watt halogen shoplight for the room. I use an OttLite for my small paintings. The OttLite can be very expensive, I bought mine on sale at Christmas and glad I did.

The Random Five by Torrie Smiley

Andrée Chenier

My can’t live without art supply is sterling silver. I could use brass or copper but silver is much nicer to work with than those other metals, and not just because of its colour. It’s smoother to saw through, the solder joints aren’t as obvious and you can do things with it you can’t do with brass or copper, like depletion guild it.

Silver Horse Necklace by Andree Chenier

Christine Striemer

This is a tough question. I am a simple painter. I use paint, water, brushes, palette knives, gesso and canvas. I can not live without any one of those supplies. I really have no tricks or secrets to offer. I can tell you that my most replaced supply would be script liner brushes and detail round brushes of various sizes.

Oranges and Linen by Christine Striemer

Laura Barbosa

My most important art supply are “Oval Poly Sponges” They are synthetic and blend all my background colors better than any brush I have ever used. They are resistant to chemicals and grease and hold only water so they are ideal for acrylic application. I also use one for finishing my paintings with protective varnish because they make an even application. The cleanup is easy, just rinse and squeeze with warm water.

Goldfish Spirits by Laura Barbosa

Lisa Wiktorek

At Crafts Charms and Collectibles, we could not live without our photo CHARMS!!!!! Our jewelry is all about the theme, our theme is encased in our handmade photo CHARMS.

Vintage Cupids Charm Bracelet by Lisa Wiktorek

Sherry Key

Well, I think every new art supply I get is one I can’t do without. I’ll pass up new shoes or clothes for new little art goodies. But if a non-artist came to my studio they would think I had a colored pencil fetish. That’s the basis of two thirds of my artwork over the last couple of years, and the one I would hate to do without.

The Lone Range-er by Sherry Key

EBSQ1:1 – Who was the first artist to inspire you?

Mark Satchwill

Hans Holbein’s portraits of the Tudor Court, with their detailed costumes and wonderfully painted faces were my first artistic inspiration. I learnt to draw faces by copying his work as a child and I think you can still see his influence in my art now, all these years later!

A Tudor Lady by Mark Satchwill

Gabriella Cleuren

James Ensor, a Belgian painter. Because of the colors he used.

Ribat-in-Monastir by Gabriella Cleuren

Vicky Knowles

Max Ernst was the first artist to really inspire me to do more than just doodle in my sketchbook. The first time I saw his work I was speechless. I was blown away by this world he had created that was mysterious, terrifying, and humorous, yet somehow very familiar. I found the paintings in which he used decalcomania to be the most inspiring, these paintings looked like alien landscapes. His work and his use of decalcomania in particular inspired me to start painting.

Ben Cooper Sparky by Vicky Knowles

Melinda Dalke

The first artist I remember being inspired by was Claude Monet. I was intrigued by his use of color and loose brushstrokes.

Red Chair 2 by Melinda Dalke

EBSQ 1:1 – What inspires you?

Fall by HarlanJeanne Harlan-Marriott

The beauty of nature has always been my greatest source of inspiration, but I find inspiration in many different areas. Sometimes I will just browse photos on the web and other times I’ll go specifically looking for a particular subject matter. Often it is the colors that dazzle me and get my creative juices flowing. Another invaluable source of inspiration is my artist friends! Art inspires Art!

Mats Eriksson

Harvest Time by Mats ErikssonI sometimes get inspired when I take a walk in the city (Stockholm) or in a nearby forest. The majestic trees that partly covers the sunshine on the ground with all green color tones. Mossy roots and maybe some mushrooms. I Stockholm there are quite a few viewpoints where I get a panorama over the city – also very inspiring. I go to a gym a few days a week, and some of the people there have bodies that inspires me to paint nudes. A dream or a sudden inner ‘picture’ can inspire me to make the more abstract works.

Lisa Miller

I am inspired by the simple everyday things that most people don’t notice.

Keys by Lisa Miller

I see the ordinary as extraordinary.

Luiza Vizoli

Tulips by Luiza VizoliI have many things that inspire me. I look at the world around me and whatever grasps me at the moment, I paint. The type of colors, materials and designs also greatly influence me. I love bold colors and try to incorporate them in my art as much as possible. Coming into contact with new materials and new techniques makes me excited to incorporate them in my artwork. I draw a lot of inspiration from nature as well. It is beautifully crafted and I find splendor and inspiration anywhere I look, no matter the season.

For my more religious paintings, I use my faith as my muse.

Roy Alba

Wave Runners by Roy AlbaWhen I decided to dedicate my website to The Greatest Generation I thought I would mostly play 1940’s music from the time they were young. Also, the salute I gave to the pretty lady with the magical voice wasn’t yet born, nor were many of us. So I temporarily removed my painting of her. However, I still paint to her music and thought which musician could inspire more than Sarah Brightman and her orchestra? She has so many songs I could still pick them to go with the 1940’s scenes. This web site gives credit where its due. Why not tell the truth and at the same time give credit to the generation that so well deserves it?

One on One with Zombie Apocalypse Juror Robb Padgett

Wrong Turn by EBSQ Artist Mark Satchwill
Wrong Turn by EBSQ Artist Mark Satchwill

We did the online version of sitting down with Zombie Apocalypse juror Robb Padgett to get his take on all-things zombie. Since the world might sort-of possibly end soon, we decided to make things fun–just in case.

What for you epitomizes the pinnacle of High Zombie Art?

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo – If one defines “Zombie Art” as art created by zombies. If you’re talking about “Art in which the subject matter is zombies” then I’d have to say Night of the Living dead by George A Romero. Sure, that would mean the genre peaked early, but when dealing with Zombies as metaphor, what else is there really to say that George didn’t? Of course, he popularized the genre so much that George himself went on to make a bazillion more zombie movies. But I like to think he made those movies ironically in order to illustrate the point of the first film.

What do you think most influenced the our current zombie aesthetic?

I’d have to say George Romero again. Although, 28 Days Later by Danny Boyle seems to have taken the zombie genre in a slightly new direction. If “faster zombies” can be considered a new direction.

Vampire. Zombie. Werewolf. Who wins in a mud wrestling match?

Werewolf. Absolutely. It would be a long battle since zombies have stamina. But werewolves are scrappy and smarter. They say a dog is about as smart as a toddler. They say zombies are about as coordinated as a toddler. Any vampire worth his bejeweled medallion wouldn’t be caught undead wrestling in mud.

What’s your favourite side dish to serve with fresh brains?

Is “more brains” an option? I think if one is committed to eating brains, it’s best to avoid distractions.

What is the one non-essential food you’re going to hoard prior to Friday’s Apocalypse now that Twinkies are off the menu?

Fluffy Stuff. It’s cotton candy in a bag. It’s delicious and filled with preservatives so it will last long enough for it to become “essential” again. I plan to live well past the apocalypse so I’ll need to hoard a lot of Fluffy Stuff. My horticulture skills are abysmal. If you ever need to find me after Armageddon, I’ll be the guy on the permanent sugar high. Also, my skin will have probably turned pink and blue from the colorants.

What is the single most important tip you could give someone facing a horde of zombies?

Acquiesce. I’ve never heard a zombie complain.

~ . ~

About the juror:

Robb Padgett is a new-media potentate living in Los Angeles. His webseries Vampire Zombie Werewolf and Life from the Inside have been viewed millions of times and have been liked by dozens.

Entries for Zombie Apocalypse are being accepted through the end of the month, or the end of the world. Whichever comes first. There is a sliding-scale fee per entry, and you could win a $150 cash prize!

EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Nico Niemi

Who and where are you?

My name is Nicole Marie Winkelman, but I still use the nickname Nico and my maiden name Niemi for my artwork. I have loved creating artwork for as long as I can remember. My mother is an artist as well and was a source of inspiration for me from a young age. I’ve traveled the country but always reside in Wisconsin, and currently live in Waukesha.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

I joined Facebook to keep in touch with distant friends and relatives who already used it. After exploring other art pages I realized how easy it is to create one, I made one for myself.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Invite your friends to your page when you first start out, let anyone else who is interested in your artwork know you have the page, and post artwork as often as you can. People love pictures! Have information about where to find your artwork if they’d like to own some, and how to contact you. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t always get the ‘likes’ you’re looking for-getting going can take a little time.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

My favorite feature would have to be sharing. When people share your artwork it broadens your reach and brings so many more people in-some who might never have looked for your artwork in the first place. Facebook makes your art so easy to find for anyone who has it, and makes interaction with anyone who is interested easy as well. I really like just about all the features it has.

What’s coming next from your studio?

All sorts of things! There will be fantasy creatures, and brilliant colors, some holiday items, but definitely more cat-themed artwork. I have a new kitten in my home and he is a source of inspiration I literally can’t ignore.

See more of Nico’s art and follow her here:




EBSQ 1:1 with Dawn Hough Sebaugh

Who and where are you?

I was born in North Carolina and currently live in the San Diego, California area. I received a BA in Marketing from Pfeiffer College in North Carolina and a Degree in Color and Design from Parson’s School of Design in New York and also attended fine arts programs at Denver University in Colorado. I have been painting organic abstracts for over 30 years. My muse is PASSION…using Color and Texture. I paint in both acrylic and oil. I also believe in giving back so I donate paintings to numerous charities.

How did you become involved in the RAWards?

I actually got an email from the director of Raw Artists (who had seen my painting on line) asking if I would participate in their next show. I looked at the venue and thought “wow…I’ll be displaying my work on a 12 foot long chain link fence. I’ve never done that…how cool! ”. I also love the fact that Raw Artists supports the art, music, fashion, and entertainment community!

What happens if you win and how can fans vote for you?

The semi-final event is Friday November 16th at 7:00 until 12:00 am at 4th and B St San Diego. This is a LIVE VOTE event so you must attend to vote. I really hope if you are in the area you will stop by and VOTE!


There are some great prizes!

Write up in Arts N Fashion Magazine, write up in the Upchuck Magazine, Print package from Impact Visual Arts, Gift Card from Visual Shop, Placement at an Artist Show at Graffiti Beach, Photo Studio time at Industry Showroom, Placement on Gallery Wall at Industry Showroom, Placement at the San Diego Indie Fest 2013, Placement at an Atre Fresca, Winners interview from Charles Thi, and a Placement at a RAW: San Diego Show 2012 plus even more perks!

When the awards are over, what’s next for you?

That’s a hard one! If I would be lucky enough to win…”Look Out! The skies the limit!” I will of course continue to create and sell my paintings at shows, galleries and on-line. I believe I will start helping to mentor more young artists and get them involved in the San Diego art culture.

Thanks to all who have supported my art and to all of you who can attend this event and hopefully vote for me!


Follow Dawn @




EBSQ 1:1 with Windi Rosson on The Painted Bra Project

Who and where are you?

Windi Rosson, Owner/Artist of Winjimir Studio in Ga.

How did you find out about the Painted Bra Project and what made you want to participate?

I first found out about the Painted Bra Art Project last year, when fellow EBSQ artist Tracey Allyn Greene (Tag’s Cats) participated. But I had missed all the dead lines and vowed to submit work to it this year.

I wanted to do it, because there are many people in my life that have been affected by various forms of cancer, this was my way of being able to help out. Even if it is just a little bit, it’s all for a common goal and good cause…plus I got to figure out how paint on a bra.

Tell us a little about the bras you painted. Was there anything special you had to do to prepare them?

My “Moundnet” bra was treated with a few layers of fabric paste. Since I am an impressionist painter with a fondness of texture it was important that I be able to create that on the bra. The pink hues in the sky and the texture made me think of Monet, hence the name.

The “snowflake” bra was spray painted a few times until I figured out how to get the depth of color I wanted for the background and the snowflakes were created using a stencil from some left over scraps from a card making class I took, which coincidentally is taught by a cancer survivor.

I understand your bras were accepted into a juried online auction, how does that work for folks who’d like to bid?

At first the call was to submit BRA’sterpieces and 100 would be chosen for the auction. This year due to overwhelming response they ended up with about 200 BRA’sterpieces included in the auction. The online auction is held at ThePaintedBraProject.com and anyone can register to bid on items.

There are many other items besides bras available at the auction so please have a look. All of the proceeds will be donated.

Here’s a link to my items: Windi Rosson Painted Bra Project

I have also donated an ArtSkrap™ Pendant and Earring set to the auction.

For those interested in participating maybe next year you can follow the Facebook page, or sign up for the email list on the website.

I would also like to ask that everyone reading this pass on the links to the auction, via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blogs, email,….the more eyes this event gets in front of the better outcome for a great cause.

Thank you Windi and best of luck in the auction!

You can follow Windi at:




EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Melody Cole-Gates

Who and where are you?

My name is Melody Cole-Gates, I am a Visual Artist, mother and wife from Dayton, Ohio. I like to make expressionist figuratives, florals, landscapes and abstracts. I mostly paint positive images of women of color in intimate scenes that reflect motherhood, relationships, African American culture and spirituality for everyone to enjoy.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

I was introduced to Facebook by Twitter, lol. I had been a self-represented artist online for about 3 years back then, and decided to do research on the best websites to sell my artwork. Well, I didn’t have far to Google, because the artists I was following on twitter were all tweeting about the new Facebook Fan pages. They liked Facebook, because it was (and still is) a great place for artists to show their work, link to other websites and receive instant feedback from their fans, not to mention reunite with old high school buddies, lol. Of course, I had to sign up! I started my first Facebook Fan page in 2009, as “Studio Meco“. In July 2012, I decided to create a new Facebook page to establish my art under my God-given married name.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

If you have a personal profile page on Facebook, you’re half way there, because you can’t create a Facebook page for your art without having one for yourself. Once you have a page, upload a nice profile picture of you or your artwork to connect instantly with your audience. Make sure to include your bio, email address and the link to your website or art shop to let people quickly find out who you are, what you do, how to contact you and where they can see more of your work. Treat your Facebook photo album like an art portfolio. Title each album, include your best artwork and write details about each piece. Keep your posts short, sweet and simple. I like to post (at least once a week) about my recent sales, latest creations and paintings in progress. Other ideas may be to let everyone know about upcoming shows, events, features and awards you’ve won, etc. Talk about anything you think your audience would be interested in art wise. Engage with your audience in a friendly, upbeat and professional manner, as though you were talking with them one on one inside your studio or over the phone. Answer comments and questions as soon as you can, they’ll appreciate you for it. To get your first few likes, Facebook has a feature that allows you to invite your friends and email contacts to your page or perhaps you’d like to tell them all on your personal Facebook wall (hey that rhymed 🙂 Another way to promote your new Facebook page is by letting everyone know how excited you are about it in your next blog post, maybe tweeting a link to your followers, or leaving a link on all those cool artists’ sites, you’re hanging out in. Remember not to take it personally or get discouraged if everyone you’ve asked to Like your page… doesn’t actually click the Like button. Who knows? They could be admiring your page from a distance 🙂 Hope this helps!

What’s your favorite Facebook Page Feature?

My favorite Facebook page feature is the MESSAGES. Only because potential buyers or someone interested in your artwork can contact you privately if they want. Plus, let’s say you’re working on a commission portrait for a fellow facebooker, through messages you’re allowed to attach and receive photos from your clients without leaving Facebook. How cool is that?

What’s coming next from your studio?

From my studio, you’ll be seeing a lot of warm colors in my palette, like rich beautiful Wines, Limes, Chocolates and Caramels! Right now, I’m working on a bold new series embracing natural beauty. Also, I have a new website and blog that I’ll be launching next month. In 2013, I plan to start displaying my paintings locally here in Dayton, and I’m very excited about it. I have some great new paintings in mind, so be sure to watch out for my freshest art right here on EBSQ.

Thank you!!

Explore Melody’s art here:



EBSQ 1:1 with Caroline Baker

Who and where are you?

I’m Caroline Baker. Sometimes I include my maiden name, Lassovszky because it’s unique – only my parents and brother share this name in the U.S., though sometimes I realize it might be too long a string of letters for anyone to remember. I grew up in the suburbs outside of Washington, D.C., both on the Maryland and Virginia sides of the beltway, though at this point I have spent more of my years in far Southwestern Virginia, which is a very different environment. I started my undergraduate art degree in Radford, Virginia, also started a family and then moved even farther southwest to just outside the town of Pound, Virginia. I was able to complete my degree at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in 2000. The visual art major had just become available there, so it contrasted in many ways with what I experienced in the more established art department at Radford. After working several graphic design jobs and doing drafting with a small local civil engineering business, I got a Master’s degree in education and taught art in public schools grades K-12 for several years. I have come full circle as I am currently teaching visual arts courses at U.V.A. Wise.

Can you tell us how you combined textile arts with your oil painting?

I have enjoyed working with paint for as long as I can remember. I suppose I was in high school when I started playing around with dyes. I was really just experimenting with the drugstore Rit dyes, making t-shirts for friends and so forth. I was introduced to the fiber reactive MX dyes through a surface design class at Radford and continued to just play with them as a side project separated from painting. When I started stretching my own canvases, the idea that canvas did not necessarily have to remain a two-dimensional object throughout my process interested me, and I liked the aspects akin to watercolor involved in simply staining the canvas with the dyes as a sort of underpainting before stretching the canvas and working with it as an oil painting.


I also find the idea of the support/ground matrix intriguing as this object that changes character so drastically once it is prepared to become a painting, the fact that paintings on canvas began their existence as a textile object, something more associated with craft than the idea of “Art” tied to the description of a painting as “oil on canvas”. There is an element of a cycle of deconstruction/reconstruction involved in processing the canvas to remove sizing and folding it into a three-dimensional object or sewing it only to take it apart and flatten it later. All of the things I do in the beginning of my process are tied to the object as a textile, where as the later stages – stretching, priming, sometimes sanding and going through adding passages in paint involve characteristics of the object as support/ground, which feels very different to me, as though I am enabling and directing this metamorphosis. Recently I began to see parallels in this process with what I observe in the management of the land around me through coal extraction and worked through a series of landscape paintings based on those observations. For instance, the winery and a local site used a a flea market interested me because of the reuse of the land in the continuing cycle heavily influenced and accelerated for good or bad by human intervention. As of late I have found myself moving back in the direction of lyrical abstraction and linking this to my feelings regarding a specific sense of place.

How long does it take you from start to finish to complete one of your canvas dyed paintings?

A lot of times it depends on how much work I need to put into the beginning part of the process and what techniques I decide to use as well as the results with the dyes. If I bind the canvas using a lot of sewing, it takes quite a bit longer. At this point I am relatively sure of the results I will get from the dye stage, but sometimes the results are not what I need and I set it aside for another idea that aligns with the resulting “underpainting” better and start over with a new piece of canvas. Sometimes I continue working with the same canvas by folding or binding again and over dyeing, or using discharge techniques to remove some dye. The minimum amount of time I have spent on a piece like this is three days including time for the wet, dyed canvas to dry, heat setting if I choose to, rinsing, stretching and priming. Many times it depends on how much I want to meld the results of the dye techniques with the painting. I like the idea that both processes become so integrated in the final product that the viewer would need to look for where one is more prominent than the other or the two dovetail. I tend to spend a lot of time working with layering glazes when I paint so that there are areas where both processes work well together and coexist easily on the canvas, though sometimes a piece will call for bringing attention to the contrasting natures of the processes and media as well.

What’s coming next from your studio?

Some of the surface design techniques involved with the dyes lend themselves to repetition and symmetry, and I want to use those qualities in conjunction with the idea that seems to be becoming prevalent in our information-saturated culture that if you repeat something enough times and in the right places, they necessarily become the truth whether they began that way or not, and how subtle shifts in the way things are repeated reinforce or change that perception of something as fact. I want to work with minimization and regulation in the way I work with potentially repeating shapes and forms that result from my process without losing the expressive qualities I think are also important in dealing with cultural content. I plan to return to square format at a larger scale, but I have some ideas for series of things at a small or miniature scale as well.

Thank you Caroline for sharing your process and your art with us today!

Want more? Follow Caroline and her art here:



EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: So Jeo LeBlond

Who and where are you?

My name is So Jeo LeBlond and I am a Pysanky / Batik Egg artist living in Nova
Scotia Canada. I use the traditional Ukrainian technique of decorating real
blown eggshells using a writing instrument called a kistka to write designs on
the shells with hot melted beeswax and then color them using dyes. I enjoy
taking traditional and non-traditional elements and producing my own unique

How were you introduced to Facebook?

I first started using Facebook like so many others as a personal page, using it
as a social platform to keep in touch with friends and family. In 2010, I
created my Facebook Page to display my artwork. I realized that it was the
perfect platform to advertise my artwork and it’s free!

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

My tip for other artists starting a Facebook Page is say you want to post a
photo of a new piece to several different groups, post one photo only and then
share that photo to the groups. This way whenever someone clicks on your
photo, it will bring them back to your page.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

I love that I can incorporate all the individual web services that I use into
one place. It’s like having a second website, as it incorporates my Etsy
store, eBay auctions, Zazzle products and Flickr photos. I also love that it is
so easy to share information and photos of my artwork, plus my posts reach so
many others that might not necessarily come across my work otherwise.

What’s coming next from your studio?

This year I would like to increase my jewelry line, creating more designs,
styles and increasing my clientele.

EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Aja Apa-Soura

Who and where are you?

My name is Aja Apa-Soura. My business, Sagittarius Gallery, is run out of my Scotia, NY studio. That’s where the magic happens 😉

How were you introduced to Facebook?

Actually, through Myspace back in the day *laughs*. A couple of my friends were migrating over here and I decided to make the move as well. Hated the sparkle giffs and geocities look that had taken over, and my business page was certainly doing me no favors. It was sort of like walking into an under 18 dance club, setting up in the corner next to a glittery banner and asking people to seriously consider my artwork. I always thought *everyone* had a Myspace. No. They didn’t. But nearly everyone has a Facebook page…even my mom, dad, and grandmother!

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Keep it fresh and updated. I have found providing progress shots through the creation of my paintings creates a buzz among my friends and fans, and Facebook ensures that many of these posts show right up in their newsfeeds, instead of them having to seek out my blog for the latest update. I also offer specials that only my facebook fans would be privy to – it really is an invaluable tool, especially considering its mainstream use and broad reach.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

I really like the fact that my friends and fans can share my content with others, leading new potential patrons back to my page. Grass roots, word of mouth advertisement at its finest.

What’s coming next from your studio?

I have made a shift in my signature nude work and started adding faces…to anyone who is a fan of my work, this is big, so I am exploring this new avenue and challenging myself in the process. I also have a commission for a local mortgage funding bank to create a painting that will be presented as their award to 50 of their top area employees, which is extremely exciting! Every day there is something new and I love this adventure I call being a fulltime artist!

Follow Aja on Facebook