EBSQ Friday Five

Little Chick by Delilah Smith

1. Delilah Smith’s painting, Little Chick, reminds me of my mother’s childhood stories of receiving a chick for Easter each year. Whether you celebrate Easter or not, chicks and lambs always remind me of this time of year (in the Northern Hemisphere at least!).

2. James Gurney shares his homemade light diffuser for plein-air painting. If you’re looking to make your own take a look at his blog post.

3. Chasing the Hotness via The ArtOrder is an excellent article on the tendency to join every free portfolio site the web has to offer and why it’s more important to focus your efforts on just one. There’s also a great follow up article on the obsession with Likes and going viral, both of which don’t necessarily equate to success or selling your art.

4. 6 Tips for Creating and Running a Successful Artist Newsletter via EmptyEasel.com

5. Submitting and sizing your art for childrens picture books–another great video from Will Terry.

 

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An Artist

 

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.

 Émile Zola

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The Sea is my comfort the Moon is my rest Painted Art Quilt

1. This week’s featured Friday Five artist is Lisa M. Nelson. I love the title of this serene Art Quilt - The Sea is my comfort, the Moon is my rest.

2. At first glance, this post on Muddy Colors (The Art of Fitness)  might look like a spoof post, but it addresses a serious concern – Fitness. Keeping our bodies healthy is good for our creativity.

3. Chasing the Hotness – Are you wasting your time trying to update a gazillion online portfolios?

4. Who’s planning on entering an EBSQ exhibit this month? Did you know there’s prize money for the Member’s Choice winner? Take a look at Medieval Inspired Mosaics and Flower of the Month: Bluebells.

5. Take a tour of the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum! – I couldn’t resist sharing this great post from ImagineFX. Sea Monsters have long been an inspiration for artists.

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You Can if You Think You Can

Don’t let insecurities stifle your creativity. You can if you think you can.

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Lilac Delight by Millie Gift Smith

1. This week’s featured Friday Five artist is Millie Gift Smith! Her painting Lilac Delight is breathtaking.

2. Maureen Franks free Mandala of the Month is titled Change. “What does it mean to change and why do we often fear it?”

3. The April EBSQ Exhibits are now open for submissions: Medieval-Inspired Mosaics and Bluebells. Are you planning a piece for one these shows?

4. Illustrator Kelley McMorris has her own link salad this week – Helpful Advice for Illustrators. Check it out!

5. What’s the difference between instructors and mentors? via The EmptyEasel.com.

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Study the science of art.

Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses–learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.

- Leonardo da Vinci

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Black Persian Cat by Cyra C Cancel

1. This week’s featured Friday Five artist is Cyra C Cancel and her Black Persian Cat. :)

2. While we’re on the subject of black, you should read Greg Manchess’ blog post – 10 Things. . . Using Black.

3. Are you subscribed to the EBSQ Newsletter? An important issue went out to subscribers yesterday.

4 Wow! – ‘Flea market’ Renoir returns to the Baltimore Museum of Art six decades after its theft.

5. Another video this week: How Should I Protect My Artwork From Theft? (the Amanda he mentions is not me!)

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Inspirational Collages

Live. Create. Tell the story. Repeat.

- Inspiration Collages

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Violet Flower by Luiza Vizoli

1. I’ve had flowers on the brain lately, it’s that time of year when the wild violets are beginning to bloom. Naturally Luiza Vizoli’s bold violet caught my eye.

2. The TwitterArtExhibit opened last night in Orlando, Florida. From what I can tell it was a great success! I know of at least a few EBSQ artists who participated, including myself. Did you? The exhibit runs till April 11, 2014. Proceeds from art sales go to benefit The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes.

3. Ever thought of building your own painting box? Howard Lyon shares the plans, the materials and more.

4. This Is What Happens When a Graphic Designer Turns GIFs Into Art – These are amazing, but if you’re susceptible to motion sickness don’t click on that link!

5. What do Artists do all day? – This is a fascinating series of videos I wish I could say I found, but I didn’t.  You can see the original post from ImagineFX on Facebook. The video below is part 1 of 2 on printmaker Norman Ackroyd.

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Feed your soul

 

Take time to do what makes your soul happy.

Simple advice we should all follow.

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