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EBSQ Friday Five

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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EBSQ Friday Five

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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EBSQ Friday Five

Catch A Falling Star by Sherry Key

1. Catch a Falling Star artist Sherry Key has a message for you all today: “Here’s wishing you all a lot of love and happiness today…Happy Valentine’s.”

2. We are mid-month now. Have you entered one or both of our EBSQ Exhibits? Mona Lisa Unleashed and Flower of the Month: Houseplants are taking entries till February 28th.

3. Do you believe in Artist’s Block? I tend not to, and instead believe blocks are just small obstacles in our creative process we must overcome. I shared how I deal with those obstacles in a blog post at Tessera – Understanding the Beast.

4. I know many of you are sick of the snow in the US, but don’t forget to take advantage of the opportunity for reference shots! Donato Giancolo shared some wonderful reference photos I took for upcoming paintings over at Muddy Colors.

5. In the News: Art to Die For: Artist Paints Portraits with Human Remains - I love this quote from the artist: “Having ashes in an urn on a mantle somewhere is a good way to constantly remind yourself that person died, but when you use them in an artwork it’s a good way to remember someone lived.” 

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EBSQ Friday Five

Tuxedo Dreamin' by Christine Striemer

1. Before I saw the title of Christine Striemer’s Code’s latest painting, I thought, what a lovely dream-like quality. Spot on! Cat lovers will fall for Tuxedo Dreamin’.

2. Don’t forget to download Maureen Frank’s January Mandala – Confidence. “Our confidence comes with remembering and celebrating our past and present accomplishments regardless of how trivial.”

3. The clock is ticking for our January Art Exhibits. Have you entered? Check them out today – Penguins and Flower of the Month: Snowdrops.

4. An interesting article from EmptyEasel.com – Are you over-sharing your artwork?

5. Artkick founder brings Bill Gates’ digital art dream to life – Read about the project and check out the Artkick App. What do you think about this new way to bring art to the public?

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EBSQ Friday Five

Blue Creek by Millie Gift Smith

1. Blue Creek by Millie Gift Smith feels like November. For those of you with snow on the ground, stay warm and save us some hot chocolate.

2. Time to Vote!  Voting is underway in our Think Pink 2013 Exhibit and the Flower of the Month: Clematis Exhibit. It wasn’t easy to pick my favorite, but it’s done!

3. EBSQ Artist Georgia Papadakis has an excellent How-To post for a DIY Tripod Arm and Video Set-Up.

4. November’s Mandala from Maureen Frank is titled Putting Ourselves Out There, making your dreams a reality. Love it!

5. Lastly, from the New York Times: Excursions in a Digitally Fabricated Landscape -‘Out of Hand,’ a Survey of Computer-Assisted Art

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EBSQ Friday Five

1. Pastel Still Life: Banana Bread – As usual, pastel artist Kari Tirrell blows me away with her incredible detail!

2. Paint is Thicker than Water Part II – Abril Andrade Griffith and family are exhibiting at the Gallery at Ninety-Seven, beginning on June 9. Check her blog for more details!

3. Best in Show – Sandra Willard won Best in Show at the 2012 Art in the Square in Belleville, IL. Congratulations, Sandra!

4. Call Me Crazy – Delilah Smith shares 5 creative ways to share you work on Pinterest.

5. InStep2Souls – EBSQ artist Stephanie Amos has a new project in the work. To be a part of it you only need to send her a photo of your feet! Seriously. Check out her blog!

Have a great weekend!

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Press Release: The Garner Narrative

EBSQ’s very own Angie Reed Garner, along with former EBSQer Kim Richardson, have an upcoming show in Louisville, KY, opening September 1st!

Angie Reed Garner, Kim Richardson to open Sept. 1 at garner narrative

garner narrative presents new paintings by Angie Reed Garner and Kim
Richardson. The show opens  Sept. 1  and runs through  Oct. 1  with
two receptions: Thursday Sept. 1 (preview) and Friday Sept 2 (Trolley
Hop), both 6-9pm.

Between Thoughts by Angie Reed Garner

Garner developed the expat series over four years of living in two
very different Islamic cities: Lahore, Pakistan and Abu Dhabi, United
Arab Emirates. The works combine saturated oil paint and textiles for
symbolic narratives of identity, struggle, and reconciliation. “It’s
one thing to move abroad and take snapshots, try to explain what it’s
like, and I’ve done my fair share of that. But with these paintings, I
share about my life on my own terms, as a visual thinker. The
expatriations have not been low-impact experiences! And how could they
be.  Louisville and Abu Dhabi are on opposite sides of the planet in
more than one way. It’s right there in the paintings, how I had to
stretch and change to cover that distance, learn to hold both places
at once… when I thought I might snap with the strain, and why I
ultimately didn’t.” Garner considers Louisville home, and lives most
of the year in Abu Dhabi.

Kim Richardson of St. Louis MO paints enigmatic oil portraits of the
self on found wood in her series, investigating the cries of crows.
Says Richardson, “I paint on discarded and weathered wood found almost
anywhere: alleys, streets, garages, backyards, someone’s woodshop. The
rough surfaces paired with a delicate style of painting allude to a
union of opposites. The imagery itself gives expression to the glamour
of emotions like love, kindness, charity and self-sacrifice happily
living side by side with uglier aspects of human nature like
intolerance, rigidity, fanaticism and brutality.”

garner narrative is located on the corner of Market and Clay Streets,
642 E. Market St. Hours are Wed-Sat, 1-6.

Print and web files available here:
http://www.garnernarrative.com/press.html

Contact:

Angie Reed Garner angiereed@gmail.com
Joyce Garner (502) 641-8086

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Anatomy of an Awesome Art Exhibit Entry

There’s been much debate on the EBSQ Member Forums of late about the quality (or lack thereof) of many recent show entries. And the quality issue has next to nothing to do with the art itself.

Huh?

Let me explain:

1.) Does the piece meet the prospectus?

You’d be surprised how many members enter shows willy nilly. (Or maybe you wouldn’t be if you’re a regular EBSQ exhibit visitor.) Sometimes it’s a rookie mistake. Sometimes, people enter their work in the wrong show accidentally. Maybe they misread something in the prospectus, or latch onto the title of the show without bothering to read what it’s actually about. But other times, people enter something just because they can. The number one thing you need to ask yourself is:

Does your work logically belong in Show X?


If you’ve entered a piece of a happy cat in winter and the theme of the show is self-portraits, then no. Really, no. Just don’t do it. Unsure? Read the prospectus. Still unsure? Ask. Please.

Ok.  So you’ve successfully mastered the number one rule of successful show entries. If you only do one step, this is the most important take away. But if you want to take yourself from appropriate to awesome, read on…

2) Did you include a statement that explains why you feel THIS particular piece belongs in THIS particular show?

Maybe you think your entry’s appropriateness is obvious. But we don’t live in your brain. Give us a little something about your piece as it pertains to the prospectus. This is all the more important if your piece is abstract or if your piece makes an unusual interpretation of the show guidelines. Pieces with relevant text are greatly preferred by members weighing in on this issue in the EBSQ Forums. I cannot overemphasize how important it is to include a quality artist statement. And the inclusion of text also makes your work easier to find both on our site and in search engines, so not including a piece-specific statement can actually be detrimental to your success on EBSQ. It’s food for thought!

3) This goes hand-in-hand with #2–Is your statement just a sales pitch?

We understand you want to sell your work. We agree that regular show participation is one of THE best ways to get your work seen on EBSQ, improving your chances of selling your work. But we’ve found that statements that are JUST a sales pitch are a big turn off. We recommend including a piece-specific statement, even if it’s short, before going into your pitch. This keeps regular show voters happy, and we’ve found this actually improves your odds of your work selling to that special someone who fell in love with your work in one of our shows. (Psst! This is also good advice for ALL of the work in your portfolio)

4) Is you piece presented in a professional manner?

Here’s where the more objective quality attributes come into play. Is your piece properly cropped? Is there glare? Is it in focus? It doesn’t matter if it’s the most brilliant portrait of Caesar ever painted and epitomizes everything about the prospectus, plus has a pitch-perfect artist statement included. If it’s not a quality jpeg, you’ve just shot yourself in the foot.

And finally:

5) Is your piece any good?

Well…the show voters will certainly weigh in, but in the end, only you can answer that one!

So–did we miss anything? What do YOU think makes an exhibit entry stand out from the crowd in a good (rather than a cringe-worthy) way?

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