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The Crimson Tide by Gray Jacobik

1. It was impossible to miss the encaustic painting, The Crimson Tide by Gray Jacobik, on the front page of EBSQ today. Wow!

2. I became acquainted with a new drawing resource online (Thank you, Chris Oatley) called Drawing Tutorials Online. It’s FREE.

3. There’s another drawing video that’s been making the rounds this week – Contour vs. Gesture – Check it out and then browse the site too. Lot’s of great drawing resources to be had.

4. Here’s another gem from Muddy Colors by David Palumbo – Choosing the best lens for your . . . painting?

5. Do you ever compare you art with other artists and feel discouraged? Do you ever think I’m going to learn to paint just like her (or him)? Don’t fall for the trap.

 

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Minced Pies by Jacqueline Gomez

1. I know it’s not anywhere near Christmas yet, but I adore this Minced Pie painting by one of EBSQ’s newest artists, Jacqueline Gomez. Welcome to EBSQ, Jacqueline!

2. I snagged this from Wacom’s 90 Tips on Pinterest – How to breakout on Instagram. This is specifically for artists, illustrators, crafters, etc.

3. The big news of the week of course was the announcement made by the Met – Metropolitan Museum Initiative Provides Free Access to 400,000 Digital Images (be sure to read the press release, not everything in the collection is free to use.)

4. Tips for Creating a Newsletter by artist Julie Ann. Do you have a newsletter? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

5. How to Video: Embellishing Digital Art With Gel Medium

 

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Birth of a Butterfly I by Alma Lee

 

1. The soft colors and swishes in Alma Lee’s digital artwork, Birth of the Butterfly 1, is an exquisite dance.

2. While I’m on the topic of digital art, Wacom has a great board on Pinterest – 90 Tips in 90 Days!

3. I downloaded a great resource this week via Muddy Colors – Art Business Bootcamp: Getting your Found (Social Media, Self-Promotion, and More). The download is free!!

4. We are half-way through May now, have you entered one of our online exhibits? This month EBSQ is hosting Under the Sea and Flower of the Month: Columbines. The Member’s Choice winner receives prize money too!

5. In the news: Is it art or is it craft? Two Boise Art Museum exhibits blur the lines.

 

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Bluebell Forest ACEO by Janet M Graham

 

1. I’d love to see a forest of bluebells like that painted by Janet M Graham in her ACEO, Bluebell Forest. Gorgeous!

2. Thumbnail sketches are a valuable tool for any artist, not matter your medium. Check out EBSQ’s Cathy Johnson’s Tip #131 to learn all about them.

3. Value, highlights, forms, pigments, strokes and more, all in 10 Things… Applying Paint by Gregory Manchess.

4. David Tracy’s Lego art, furniture on show in ‘A Million and One Pieces’ – Yes, Legos!

5. Entries are now being accepted for the May Exhibits: Under the Sea and Flower of the Month: Columbines.

 

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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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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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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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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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Butterfly #3 by Ulrike Martin

1. Ulrike Martin’s butterfly caught my eye this morning. I can’t wait to see butterflies again. Spring? Are you here yet?

2. Artist Kathleen McMahon has compiled a list of Known Scammer Names used in Art-Related Email Scams. She also offer some information on what a scam email looks like and how to protect yourself.

3. How I Became a Facebook Meme is another great blog post from Kelley McMorris, with a lesson on watermarks.

4. How much money can you make illustrating children’s book? Ever wondered? Will Terry shares his experience.

5. The clock is ticking. Have you voted in this month’s EBSQ Exhibits?

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Mermaid and River Dragon by Nico Niemi

1. Have a look at the treasure I found on EBSQ’s front page this morning, Mermaid and River Dragon by Nico Niemi is magical.

2. Registration is now open for Doodle Swap #17 but now for long! Register by March 3rd to be a part of this fun event.

3. The first of three FREE Strathmore Workshops begins on March 10th. Don’t miss out!

4. Good Art Is Popular Because It’s Good. Right? – An interesting piece from NPR, read it or listen.

5. **If you only click on one link, make it this one!!** Loving Vincent is a Kickstarter campaign to bring an extraordinary, unique animated film to life. This could be the world’s first feature-length animated film, brought you by the Oscar winning studio, BreakThru Films. Watch the video and contribute!

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