1. Little Mermaid Charity Auction – EBSQ Artist Natalia Pierandrei, along with other influential artists, is participating in a charity auction to help Robin Sullins. Follow links on her blog to learn more.
2. MOTM: One Thing Leads to Another – Have you downloaded this month’s free mandala from Maureen Frank? “This month’s mandala reminds us that our lives are a journey…weaving in, out and around in all manner of directions.”
3. Understanding your Story as an Artist – Artist Statements, Blogging, and the dreaded Bio are hurdles we have to tackle as artists. EmptyEasel.com has a great article to you approach these essentials.
4. The 1913 Armory Show Shook the Art World – The centennial is approaching for the 1913 Armory Show, one of the most famous art exhibitions in history.
5. Have you entered one of our February Art Exhibits?
A small group of EBSQ artists, including myself, are participating in the 29 Faces in February Challenge. We are painting, drawing, and sketching with traditional tools and digital. Join us in the EBSQ forums if you are participating too! I’ll be sharing a selection of faces today and again later in the month.
Taylor by Heather Sims
Snorkely by Vicky Knowles
Tom by Amanda Makepeace
Frida Art News by Selva Solimar
Let’s be Friends by Sherry Key
Features above: Heather Sims, Vicky Knowles, Amanda Makepeace, Selva Solimar, and Sherry Key.
1. Abstract Birch Tree Forest – Beautiful new abstracts from Louise Mead!
2. Reflective Surface on Zeta – Jeanne Forsyth tests out a paper from Stillman and Birn’s Zeta series.
3. Sketchbook and Planning – Do you keep a sketchbook? Does a lot of planning go into your artworks? I discuss my process, or lack of one, on my personal blog.
4. Strathmore 2013 Online Workshops – Registration is open for this year’s FREE workshop series from Strathmore. This year’s workshops are: Abstract Fine Art Painting with Mixed Media, Sketching and Drawing with Toned Paper, and Artful Card-Making Techniques.
5. How to: A Successful Group Exhibition – EmptyEasel.com has a great article on how to organize and curate your own group exhibition.
EBSQ has seen a flurry of new art and we are only in our third week of the new year. I took a virtual stroll through some of our artist’s blogs to see what they’ve been creating in 2013. The diversity, from style and subject to medium, is extraordinary. Picking only five was not easy!
Peace Comes from Within by Catherine Darling
Pendant with Hokusai Red Fuji Wood Block by Laura Bracken
Clarissa & Her Pet Skunk by Michelle Lynch
Sensei by Gretchen Del Rio
Around the Bend by Michael Glover
Have a great weekend and keep creating!
1. Ready to Rock – Marcia Baldwin’s latest painting reminds me how important music is to my own art. Do you rock out while you paint? Check her blog for purchase details.
2. Cleaning my Studio and Hanging it in Record Time – And it was all caught on camera. Check out this great video from Claudia Roulier!
3. 11 Tips for Creating, Promoting, and Holding a Twitter Chat About your Art – If you’re an artist and you’re on Twitter this is the article for you. Need I say more?
4. EBSQ Winter Sale – Membership to EBSQ is still on sale. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to show your, participate in online exhibits and connect with other artists.
5. I’m always on the look-out for newsworthy blog posts. If you have one let me know: amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com
1. Stop and Smell the Daisies – Carol DeMumbrum is participating in a challenge to paint 30 paintings in 30 days. The delightful golden retriever above is the first.
2. MOTD: When all Else Fails – Maureen Frank’s free mandala for January can be downloaded from her blog. This month’s is not about failure, but endings becoming beginnings.
3. 2013 EBSQ Exhibit Calendar – I’ve written a blog post about the exhibits I plan to enter this year. Have you too made a plan?
4. How I Combine Colors in an Abstract Tree – Miriam Schulman discusses her process in the latest post to her blog.
5. 6 Powerful New Years Art Resolutions – If you’ve been avoiding commitment to a diet or maybe cleaning out the garage, maybe you need to focus on this Art Resolutions from EmptyEasel.com.
Happy New Year!
1. Italian Night – This week’s featured art is Christine Striemer’s December Nibblefest entry. I’m not Italian, but my family has a tradition of eating out on Christmas Eve and it’s usually at an Italian restaurant. So for me, this holds a touch of Christmas!
2. Daily Painting Demo – Enjoy watching an artist make magic? Check out Delilah Smith’s new Youtube video for her painting, Sunshine Sparkle.
3. EBSQ Zombie Apocalypse Juror – Missed yesterday’s EBSQ interview with Juror Robb Padgett? You might find some invaluable tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse inside…
4. Did you know EBSQ is on Pinterest? Now you do.
5. Are you an EBSQ Artist with a newsworthy blog post? Contact me to be included in the weekly Friday Five. amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com
1. Zeta from Stillman and Birn – Jeanne Forsyth created the beautiful watercolor above with a new watercolor paper coming from Stillman and Burn in January. Stop by her blog for her review of the paper.
2. MOTM: Infinite Possibilities – Maureen Frank’s Mandala this month is my favorite of the entire year! Download a free copy today!
3. Artistic Temperament – Delilah Smith discusses her drive to paint, and no, it’s not for the money or fame.
4. 7 Top Apps for the Arts – iPhone and iPad users will be inspired by this great article from GeekWire.com Do you own any of these Apps on their list? Share your opinion with us!
5. There’s still time to enter your holiday art into our 2012 Holiday Showcase. Stop by the EBSQ Forums for details. Deadline is 12/14.
1. Collage Fun & Watercolors – Patricia Christensen shows off her latest creations after completing a watercolor class by Ian Ramsey. Beautiful!
2. One Petticoat Lane Show – Artist Angela Petruncio mixed media creations will be on display from Nov 30 to Dec 27 in Annapolis, MD. Check her blog for details.
3. 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Sara Burrier is giving away 12 gifts to 12 winners this month. You don’t want to miss this giveaway!
4. EBSQ Holiday Showcase 2012 – I need entries for the EBSQ Holiday Showcase. Details on the forum.
5. Do you have a news worthy blog post to share in our Friday Five? Email me at amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com.